Blacklisted starters, 2 MHRLK players are part of Sibol’s IESF pool
MANILA – Sibol will be lining up in the winning pool of the Blacklist International World Championship and two players from amateur team MHRLK Esports at the International Esports Federation (IESF) World Championships to be held in Bali, Indonesia.
Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna, Salic Alauya “Hadji” Imam, Danerie James “Wise” Del Rosario, Edward Jay “Edward” Dapadap, Kiel Calvin “Oheb” Soriano, Joshua Kyle “Jade” Villarde and Kenneth Carl “Yue” Tadeo will represent the national esports team in the competition to be held in December.
Villaluna, Imam, Del Rosario, Dapadap and Soriano are part of the Blacklist International roster that won the U3 World Championships in Singapore on December 19.
Villaluna, Imam and Del Rosario made up the gold medal at the SEA Games in Hanoi, alongside Lee Howard “Owl” Gonzales, Dominic “Dominic” Soto and Aaron “Eyon” Usi.
Joining Sibol are Villarde and Tadeo of MHRLK Esports, a team that stunned a mix of professional and amateur teams during the IESF Sibol Qualifiers held in early July. They are also the first known ML:BB players from an amateur team to represent Sibol in an international tournament.
It will also be the first time that Dapadap and Soriano will represent Sibol in a medal event after age restrictions prevented them from competing at the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Players were chosen through qualifiers that spanned a few weekends culminating in a combined draft from July 15-17.
Both Blacklist and MHRLK players earned places for the combine after emerging as finalists in week one of the qualifying event.
National team management said earlier that they plan to recruit 6-7 people for their Mobile Legends: Bang Bang pool, as Sibol returns to a draft combination process for their qualifications.
In qualifying for the SEA Games, Blacklist International secured the ticket to represent the country in the Hanoi tilt as a full team.
The return to the combination project method drew mixed reactions from netizens, citing Blacklist International’s need to prepare to defend their world title in January and secure another local title in season 10 of the MPL.
Team general manager Leo “Jab” Escutin earlier told ABS-CBN News that the method was the “most efficient” way to select players for the tournament, as they anticipate more restrictions.