ECHO Wins M4 World Championship, Sweeps Blacklist International in Grand Finals
ECHO, a team from the Philippines, swept Blacklist International in the M4 World Championship Grand Finals. This marks the third time a team from the Philippines has won the world championship. Benedict "Bennyqt" Gonzales earned the Grand Finals MVP title while Karl "KarlTzy" Nepomuceno secured his second world series title with this victory. ECHO will receive $300,000 in prize winnings and a custom hero skin with the team's branding.
Blacklist International will have to settle for $120,000 in prize winnings and the runner-up prize.
ECHO triumphs Blacklist International in the M4 World Championship
The journey for ECHO in the MLBB esports scene has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs. In the past seasons of the MLBB Professional League (MPL) Philippines, specifically in Seasons 8 and 9, the squad had a rough start, which led to criticism and doubts about their abilities as a team. However, they were determined to improve and came back stronger in the next season, making a major comeback in Season 10, but ultimately losing against Blacklist International in the grand finals.
But ECHO did not let that defeat discourage them, they continued to train and work hard, and their efforts paid off when they were able to achieve sweet revenge against Blacklist International in the M4 World Championship. They dominated the series with a convincing 4-0 win, showing their improved skills and strategies as a team. ECHO was able to push Blacklist International to the brink, banning most of its signature picks such as Estes, Diggie, and Gloo, preventing their key players, especially Jonmar "OhMyV33NUS" Villaluna from performing at their maximum potential.
This strategy proved to be a key factor in their win, and prevented Blacklist International from securing a second consecutive world series title.
ECHO’s star Gold Laner Bennyqt was named the M4 World Championship Grand Finals MVP thanks to his explosive gameplay with marksman heroes. Aside from the prestigious title, he will also be heading home with a $10,000 USD prize money.