ECHO is currently the best Mobile Legends: Bang Bang squad in the world. Having a 4-0 victory over the defending champion in the M4 World Championship grand final. ECHO defeated Blacklist International in a sweep.
The Tier One-backed squad had no answer for the combined firepower of veteran Benedict “Bennyqt” Gonzales and two-time M-series champion Karl “KarlTzy” Nepomuceno. Who they avenged their 2-4 setback in the MPL PH Season 10 championship match.
KarlTzy, who led Bren Esports to victory at the M2 World Championship two years ago, is the only player in MLBB esports history to win an M-series twice.
Blacklist International sailed through the upper bracket of the knockout stage. Defeating RRQ Akira, RRQ Hoshi, and ECHO to earn the first spot in the grand final.
ECHO managed to survive and defeat RRQ Hoshi in the lower bracket final. Their dominant performance earned them a rematch with their fellow Filipino team.
They won the first two games thanks to Bennyqt. He performed admirably against Lunox in the first and Brody in the second.
Blacklist drafted Karrie to counter ECHO’s selection of Fredrinn. The orcas were shocked by selecting Gusion for Alston “Sanji” Pabico, the first time the hero was selected in the competition.
Sanji capitalized on the pick by getting important kills on Kiel “OHEB” Soriano’s Karrie and Salic “Hadji” Imam’s Pharsa, resulting in a 23-10 kill advantage after 13 minutes of play. Sanford “Sanford” Vinuya had a stellar performance in the series. He received the MVP award for his faultless performance against Lapu-Lapu.
After OHEB drafted his iconic Beatrix selection in the fourth and final game, Blacklist attempted to turn the tide. Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” attempted to address ECHO’s excessive reliance on crowd management with Diggie. Nonetheless, things went awry for the defending champion, as they needed an answer to Sanji’s Xavier in the middle to late game. It led to a victory the ECHO defeated Blacklist International in a historical match.
During the 16-minute mark, ECHO captures Beatrix and Wise’s Barats near the Lord pit. A crucial play that leads them to win the game. The orcas immediately attacked Blacklist’s base with two members down to ensure a 4-0 victory.
Bennyqt was deemed the grand final MVP and granted $5,000 for his series-winning performances in the championship game.
ECHO receives $300,000. Blacklist International receives a $120,000 cash prize. It is the third consecutive year a team from the Philippines has won the world title.