Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup

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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup (MSC)
Tournament information
SportMobile Legends: Bang Bang
LocationRegional (SEA)
Established2017
Number of
tournaments
3
Administrator(s)Moonton
Tournament
format(s)
Venue(s)Varies
Participants
  • 8 teams (2017)
  • 10 teams (2018)
  • 12 teams (2019–present)
Websitemsc.mobilelegends.com
Current champion
Indonesia ONIC Esports (1st title)

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup (MSC), often called MLBB SEA Cup, is an annual esports tournament for the mobile MOBA game Mobile Legends: Bang Bang in Southeast Asia. The tournament consists of different teams from different countries in Southeast Asia such as Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore (Since 2017), Vietnam, and Myanmar (Since 2018), Cambodia, and Laos (Since 2019).

History[edit]

MSC 2017[edit]

The first season of "ML (Mobile Legends) Southeast Asia Cup" (MSC) started September 1, 2017 and held at Jakarta, Indonesia. It is a 3-day event with 8 finalists from 5 countries: Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore, and Indonesia, and total prize pool of $100,000.[1] IDONOTSLEEP (IDNS), the esport team from Thailand became the champion in the grand finals.[2] MSC 2017 used a qualification system in determining the finalists.[3][4]

MSC 2018[edit]

The second year of MSC took off July 27–29, 2018 and held again at Jakarta, Indonesia with the same prize pool of $100,000. MSC 2018 did not use a qualification system but started inviting teams from countries with established Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional Leagues (MPL). 10 teams were invited from 7 countries: Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.[5] IDNS, a competing team, reported technical issues during the tournament where the game casts skills without player input. Moonton put out a notice for a rematch but took it down and no rematch occurred.[6]

MSC 2019[edit]

The third year of MSC 2019 It was held at Smart Araneta Coliseum, Philippines from June 19–23, 2019. There are a total of 12 teams from 9 countries in Southeast Asia. The nine countries that took part were Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam with a total prize pool of US$120,000. [7] ONIC Esports, the team from Indonesia became the champion in the grand finals after defeating LOUVRE Esports who also team from Indonesia.

MSC 2020[edit]

On 11 May 2020, Moonton announced that MSC 2020 officially canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic situation.[8][9] Moonton explained that because of international travel limitation, and local government regulation about COVID-19 makes this events impossible to be held soon.[9] Hereby, Moonton planned to conduct alternative esports events in each participating MSC country respectively.[9]

Format[edit]

Two teams from Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional Leagues (MPL) on different Southeast Asian countries are invited to MSC. For countries without MPL, local qualifiers are hosted. The tournaments start with a group stage where teams fight for the spot in the upper bracket through best of 3 round robin. Teams winning the best of 3 in the group stage get the spot for the upper bracket. The other two teams compete on play-ins where the winning team gets to the lower bracket and the losing team is eliminated. After the group stage is the tournament proper. Losing teams from the upper bracket are demoted to the lower bracket while losing teams from the lower bracket are eliminated. One finalist will come from each bracket and compete in the Grand Finals.[10]

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Prize Pool Date Venue
2017 Thailand IDNS[2] $100,000 September 1–3, 2017 Mall Taman AnggrekJakarta, Indonesia
2018 Philippines Aether Main[11] $100,000 July 27–29, 2018 Jakarta International Expo − Jakarta, Indonesia
2019 Indonesia ONIC Esports[12] $120,000 June 21–23, 2019 Smart Araneta ColiseumManila, Philippines
2020
Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Viewership[edit]

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup is streamed live to Facebook Gaming and YouTube.

Year Peak Viewers Average Viewers Hours Watched Reference
2017 53,837 20,102 353,451 [13]
2018 100,000+ N/A N/A [14]
2019 276,579 64,552 2,802,625 [15]
2020
Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Participating Teams[edit]

MSC 2017[edit]

Five-Nations Finals
Team Seed
Malaysia Team Saiyan MSC 2017 Malaysia Winner
Malaysia MYA JR MSC 2017 Malaysia Runner-Up
Philippines Solid Gaming Alpha MSC 2017 Philippines Winner
Philippines Salty Salad MSC 2017 Philippines Runner-Up
Indonesia Saints Indo MSC 2017 Indonesia Winner
Indonesia Elite8 Esports MSC 2017 Indonesia Runner-Up
Thailand IDNS MSC 2017 Thailand Winner
Singapore Impunity MSC 2017 Singapore Winner

References:[16]

MSC 2018[edit]

Group A Group B
Team Seed Team Seed
Indonesia Aerowolf Roxy1 MPL-ID S1 Winner Philippines Bren Esports4 MPL-PH S1 Winner
Singapore Bigetron Esports2 MPL-MY/SG S1 Winner Indonesia EVOS Esports MPL-ID S1 Runner-Up
Malaysia AirAsia Saiyan3 MPL-MY/SG S1 Runner-Up Indonesia RRQ.O2 MPL-ID S1 3rd Place
Philippines Digital Devils Pro Gaming MPL-PH S1 Runner-Up Thailand IDNS Thailand Local Qualifiers
Myanmar Burmese Ghouls Myanmar Local Qualifiers Vietnam Fantasy Main Vietnam Local Qualifiers

1 = Formerly known as Team nxl>

2 = Formerly known as IDNS SG

3 = Formerly known as Team Saiyan

4 = Played as Aether Main

References:[17]

MSC 2019[edit]

Group A Group B
Team Seed Team Seed
Malaysia Geek Fam MPL-MY/SG S3 Winner Philippines ArkAngel MPL-PH S3 Winner
Philippines Bren Esports MPL-PH S3 Runner-Up Singapore EVOS.SG MPL-MY/SG S3 Runner-Up
Thailand IDNS Thailand Local Qualifiers Vietnam Overclockers Vietnam Local Qualifiers
Group C Group D
Team Seed Team Seed
Myanmar Team Resolution MPL-MM S2 Winner Indonesia ONIC Esports MPL-ID S3 Winner
Indonesia Louvre Esports MPL-ID S3 Runner-Up Myanmar Burmese Ghouls MPL-MM S2 Runner-Up
Cambodia Diversity Helheim Cambodia Local Qualifiers Laos WAWA Gaming Laos Local Qualifiers

References:[18]

Results[edit]

Grand Finals[edit]

Upper Brackets Finals[edit]

Edition Year Venue Hosts Winner Score
(BO5)
Runner-Up
1
2017
Indonesia Indonesia IDNS Thailand
3–0
Philippines Salty Salad
2
2018
Indonesia Indonesia Bren Esports Philippines
3–0
Philippines Digital Devils Pro Gaming
3
2019
Philippines Philippines ONIC Esports Indonesia
3–0
Indonesia Louvre Esports
4
2020
Philippines Philippines
Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Lower Brackets Finals[edit]

Edition Year Venue Hosts 3rd Place Score
(BO3)
Advanced to
Upper Brackets Finals
1
2017
Indonesia Indonesia Solid Gaming Alpha Philippines
0–2
Thailand IDNS
2Bronze Match instead
2018
Indonesia Indonesia RRQ.O2 Indonesia
2–0
Indonesia Aerowolf Roxy
3
2019
Philippines Philippines ArkAngel Philippines
0–2
Indonesia Louvre Esports
4
2020
Philippines Philippines
Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Semi Finals[edit]

Edition Year Venue Hosts 4th Place Score
(BO3)
Advanced to
Lower Brackets Finals
1
2017
Indonesia Indonesia Impunity Singapore
0–2
Philippines Solid Gaming Alpha
2Bronze Match instead
2018
Indonesia Indonesia Aerowolf Roxy Indonesia
Bronze Match
3
2019
Philippines Philippines Overclockers Vietnam
1–2
Philippines ArkAngel
4
2020
Philippines Philippines
Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Bronze Match instead = Bronze Match Instead of Lower Brackets Finals

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sadang, Kim Earlie (September 1, 2017). "'Mobile Legends: Bang Bang' MSC finals are ongoing". Blasting News. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Angelline, Michelle (September 4, 2017). "MSC Grand Champion Winner". Eternal Organizer. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  3. ^ "Globe Holds First-Ever Mobile Legends Southeast Asia Cup Philippine Finals". Globe. Archived from the original on September 10, 2017.
  4. ^ "MSC Malaysia and Singapore Qualifiers Finals ends with a bang!". July 30, 2017.
  5. ^ "A Legendary Competition: Mobile Legends MSC 2018". Archived from the original on 2019-06-22.
  6. ^ "Drama Breakouts Out at Mobile Legends Southeast Asia Cup 2018 Aeter Main were tge champion that time". IGN. July 28, 2018.
  7. ^ "Mobile Legends' Sea Cup (Msc) Will Feature a Us$120,000 Prize Pool". ONE Esports. June 5, 2019.
  8. ^ Subari, Hilmy R. (14 May 2020). "Moonton Officially Announces MSC 2020 Canceled". Dunia Games. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  9. ^ a b c "Mobile Legends: Bang Bang". Facebook (in Indonesian). 11 May 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup is coming to the Philippines this 19 to 23 June 2019".
  11. ^ "PH eSports teams bag $77,714 prize at Mobile Legends Southeast Asia Cup".
  12. ^ "Esports: Indonesian squad Onic wins PH-based Mobile Legends tiff".
  13. ^ "MSC Grand Final 2017". Esports Charts. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  14. ^ "Kemewahan Event MSC ML 2018 di Balik Penderitaan Pemain" [Players Suffering Behind MSC 2018 Event Luxuriousity]. Kaskus ID (in Indonesian). July 18, 2018.
  15. ^ "MLBB SEA Cup 2019 (MSC) detailed stats". Esports Charts.
  16. ^ Kun, Coffin (September 1, 2017). "[MSC Five Nations Invitational] MSC 2017 - Grand Finals RESULTS!". Mobile Legends Forum. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  17. ^ Rifki, Billy (July 27, 2018). "Hasil Undian Grup MSC 2018, Aerowolf Dikepung Tim Asing" [MSC 2018 Group Draw Result, Aerowolf Besieged by Fovereign Teams]. Esports ID (in Indonesian). Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  18. ^ Dexter "the Heartbreaker" (June 4, 2019). "The MSC 2019 Groups Have Been Announced!". eGG Network. Retrieved March 9, 2020.

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