MLBB MPL MENA gets extra slot to the M5 World Championship Wildcard
The Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) Professional League (MPL) MENA is a newly established league, but it’s already getting its fair representation on the global scale. After announcing that major Middle Eastern teams like Team Falcons were gonna be a part of the ongoing Fall Split, MOONTON has revealed that the region is getting an extra slot for the M5 Wild Card.
“We continue to be impressed by the calibre and growth of the MENA region’s esports athletes,” said Jaime Cruz, Head of Esports (MENA & South Asia) of MOONTON Games. “Most recently, Saudi Arabia and Egypt placed third and fourth, respectively, at the IESF World Esports Championship 2023 Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. Their impressive placements demonstrate that they are genuine contenders against the world’s best teams. The M5 World Championship and Wild Card offer teams a fantastic opportunity to soar beyond their limits and unleash their potential on the international stage – to become #BetterThanGreat.”
What is the M5 Wildcard?
The M5 World Championship is getting a significant update in its current edition as the tournament is also set to feature a Wildcard stage. This will give an opportunity for teams from different regions to unleash one more battle for the M5 slot.
The M5 Wildcard will happen in November in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The slots for this tournament are as follows:
- East Europe and Central Asia (EECA)
- Latin America
- MPL MENA
- South Asia
These eight teams will battle it out in the M5 Wildcard with the top two making it to the group stage. The M5 World Championship will take place in December. Sixteen teams from around the globe will battle it out for the title of world champions and a share of the $900,000 prize pool. This tournament, though, will take place in the Philippines.
MPL MENA Fall 2023: The Story so far
The MPL MENA Fall is currently underway with its Regular Season from Sept. 8 to Oct. 7 which is happening at the VOV Gaming arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. While it’s too early to determine who will emerge victorious in the Regular Season, Geekay Esports, Team Occupy, and Triple Esports are currently on a winning streak.
The overall standings are as follows:
- Geekay Esports: 3-0
- Team Occupy: 2-0
- Triple Esports: 2-0
- Okami Esports: 1-1
- Team Falcons: 1-2
- Twisted Minds: 1-2
- Curse Squad: 0-3
- Team SEN: 0-2
The top four teams will advance to the Playoffs, which is set to happen from Oct. 19 to 21. The winner will move on to the M5 World Championship while the runner-up will earn a slot at the M5 Wildcard. You can tune into the action live on the Mobile Legends YouTube channel.