Bren Esports capped a momentous Sunday for Philippine sports after capturing the Mobile Legends Bang Bang World Championship in Singapore.
Bren prevailed over Myanmar’s Burmese Ghouls in the best-of-seven M2 grand finals that went to a down-the-wire Game 7 as the former came back from the grave to steal the series.
Burmese Ghouls, which took down Bren in the first round, were on track of a repeat after crawling back from 0-2 down to go 3-2 up in the series.
But following a change of drafting, Bren recovered in Game 6 to force the deciding match.
Burmese Ghouls somehow sustained some early game dominance in the rubber match, but Karl Nepomuceno took over midway through and led Bren’s final blow to capture the crown.
Bren won the lion’s share of the US$300,000 or around P14.4 million prize pot, while Nepomuceno won US$3,000 or almost P144,300 for being the Most Valuable Player of the series.
After reigning over the game’s pro scene in the Philippines, they now stand atop the world — but the road to becoming world champions was far from easy for Bren Esports, Yahoo Esports reported.
“I feel really happy with this win because we really prepared hard for this. We had to sacrifice a lot and we had to go through a lot just to get this,” Bren Esports marksman player, David “FlapTzy” Canon, said in an interview following the finals.
The team would use the first game to feel out their opponents, gladly taking a loss just so they could ‘download’ their strategies, then strike back, win the next two games, and ultimately claim victory in the match.
While such a strategy has largely proven effective for Bren Esports, it is also physically and mentally taxing for the players — especially in the lower bracket of the biggest stage in MLBB. Should they make one mistake or succumb to pressure and fatigue, then all their efforts would be for naught.
By the time Bren Esports were able to raise the trophy and claim the mantle of world champions, the relief and exhaustion in their faces was evident even through the face masks they wore due to the health and safety precautions in place for M2.
Nepomuceno or “KarlTzy”, Bren Esports marksman and star player, said: “This is a huge win for me, because when I started in the pro scene all I ever wanted was to be known as the best in the world.” The players also thanked those who supported them from the start, especially those back home in the Philippines. “We appreciate it and we hope we made you all proud.”*PNA