April 25, 2024

LIST: Five key team changes in MPL Philippines Season 13

LIST: Five key team changes in MPL Philippines Season 13
MPL PH season is upon us once again. | Art by Mitzi Dyan/One Sports

It's MPL season once again.

And things are getting interesting in Season 13 of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) Professional League in the Philippines with plenty of shuffling around. Here are a few notable ones.

1. Blacklist International: Next man up

Still no VeeWise for the powerhouse squad, but the biggest surprise might be Renejay "Renejay" Barcase taking a break.

The roamer, who shone in his M5 debut, has decided to take time off to focus on personal matters. 

This did a couple of things. One, it moved Salic "Hadji" Imam back to his old role as a roamer to take over Renejay's spot.

It also gave Yue, who also took the spotlight in M5, a well-deserved promotion to be part of the main roster.

Will this be the key for the M3 World Champions and two-time MPL Philippines winners to get back on top?

  

2. ECHO: No more Yawi

Roamer Tristan "Yawi" Cabrera was a big part of ECHO's run to tthe MPL PH Season 11 and M4 world titles, but he saw limited time in MPL PH Season 12.

Next thing you know, and he's already in Indonesia playing for Aura Fire. 

The main roster though has remained intact, with MPL PH Season 12 regular season MVP Karl "KarlTzy" Nepomuceno.

Interestingly though, there would be no more assistant coach for the Orcas. And Season 12 Best Coach Harold "Tictac" Reyes would be taking solo flight.

Can this trimmed down roster help improve their third place finish?

  

3. Minana EVOS: Trust the proces

Yawi wasn't the only Filipino player to join Kairi in MPL Indonesia. So did EXP laner Jhon "JM" Sebastian, who now plays for Bigetron Alpha and roamer Borris "Brusko" Parro for RRQ Hoshi.

But the squad's main roster has mostly been intact.

Interestingly, Jeniel "YellyHaze" Bata-Anon is back a mid laner, a substitute after participating in the previous season as an assistant coach.

Christian "Bitoy" Casten was then promoted as head coach.

Can this be enough to rise higher than seventh place?

  

4. ONIC Philippines: Mega revamp

This is a doozy as the fifth to sixth place finisher in Season 12 has tweaked most of its main roster and staff.

Jem "ONIC Jem" Lanojan was promoted as main EXP laner, along with mainstays mid laner Frince "ONIC frinceee" Ramirez, and roamer Jomearie "Escalera" Delos Santos.

But ONIC picked up gold with TNC's Season 12 Week 6 MVP King "K1NGKONG" Perez as their jungler, as well as gold langer Grant "Kelra" Pillas from Omega Esports.

There were shuffles with the staff as well, with Anthony "Ynot" Senedrin now as head coach, aided by Patrick "E2MAX" Caidic (formerly of Omega Esports).

Abraham "Bam" Unida stays as analyst.

  

5. AP.Bren: Don't fix what ain't broke

I mean, when you're the Season 12 and the M5 World Champions, what's there to change?

The main roster is untouched with Season 12 Finals MVP and EXP laner David "FlapTzy" Canon, along with jungler Michael Angelo "KyleTzy" Sayson, mid laner Angelo "Pheww" Arcangel, gold laner Marco "Super Marco" Requitiano, and roamer Rowgien "Owgwen" Unigo.

There is some boost though as coach Francis "Ducky" Glindro will get some help from technical coach Robert "Trebor" Sanchez--formerly of ECHO.

  

MPL Philippines Season 13 begins on March 15 at the Shooting Gallery Studios in Makati.