Just how strong is the UBE strategy?

If you have been watching Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Philippines Season 8 (MPL PH Season 8) for a while, you’d be aware of just how strong defending champions Blacklist International is this season.

Each player is extremely talented in their respective roles. Another key to their success has been the deployment of their signature UBE strategy which has been very effective in the competitive scene.

Let’s take a closer look on what is the UBE strategy and why Blacklist International is so dominant in MPL PH Season 8.

How does Blacklist International’s UBE strategy work?

Before talking about the strategy, let’s answer the question as to why it’s called UBE. (No, it does not have anything to do with the famous Filipino delicacy.)

The nickname is an acronym for Ultimate Bonding Experience.

The UBE strategy is an improved version of the ‘Nice one, Baby’ strategy that involves sticking together as much as possible, and moving as a unit throughout team fights, with a heavy support hero in the backline.

So why is it called the ultimate bonding experience? Whether the team is starting a team fight, retreating, or hunting down enemies, the UBE strategy dictates that you have to be close to each other no matter what happens.



The requirements that make an effective UBE strategy in competitive play

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang heroes, Rafaela, Angela, and Diggie
Credit: Moonton

One important aspect of this strategy is the presence of a healer or a support who can buff multiple allies in an area. The best option for this would be Estes.

Rafaela, Angela, and Diggie are also good options, but what makes Estes perfect for the role is his highly impactful Blessing of the Moon Goddess ultimate, which can heal multiple allies around him.

His ultimate is perfect for team fights, especially when you find yourself in a good position where enemy assassins can’t reach you.

The strategy’s impact for Blacklist International

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang MPL PH Season 7, Blacklist International UBE strategy pioneers
Credit: Blacklist International

Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna is regarded as one of the best Estes, Rafaela, and Diggie user in the world, a likely reason why Blacklist International pioneered this strategy.

These heroes were not part of the meta last season up until Blacklist International made it work, sparking the rise of the healing meta. The UBE strategy was a big factor in the team’s historic run last season when the black and white squad won the crown in MPL PH Season 7.

Now, Blacklist International is still on top this MPL PH Season 8 and is currently undefeated with a 6-0 record in Week 3. all thanks to the UBE strategy which MPL PH teams still don’t have answers to.

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