Updated: November 27
It's that time of year again when the most exciting event on the Mobile Legends esports calendar is approaching, beginning November 23! This time around, the epic battlegrounds of Malaysia and the Philippines will witness history unfold as the best teams across the globe clash in a fight for glory.
For 2023, the M5 World Championship is turning the tables with a massive tournament format shakeup. They are introducing a Wildcard stage, a prize pool increase from $800,000 to a whopping $900,000, and participation from new and returning countries into the fray! May the best team win.
Read on for our comprehensive MLBB M5 World Championship guide, covering the schedule, format, all 22 teams competing, and the current standings.
M5 World Championship: Format
The fifth iteration of the M World Championship, organized by Moonton, comprises of several stages, beginning with the all-new Wildcard Stage. Held in Malaysia, teams will have a last-chance qualifier to secure their spot as a Wild Card team in the main tournament.
Take a look below to see our full breakdown of the M5 World Championship format.
Wildcard (November 23 - 25)
- Eight teams will be divided into two groups.
- They compete in a single-round robin, where all matches are played Bo3.
- The top two teams from each group will play in the Crossover Match.
- The bottom two teams from each group are eliminated.
Crossover Match (November 26)
- The first-place team will compete Bo5 against the second-place team from the other group.
- The winner of each match advance to the Group Stage.
- Losing teams are eliminated.
Group Stage (December 2 - 7)
- Sixteen teams will be divided into four groups. (14 qualified teams and 2 Wild Card)
- They compete in a single-round robin, where all matches are played Bo3.
- The top two teams from each group (eight in total) advance to the Knockout Stage.
Knockout Stage (December 9 - 17)
- Eight teams from the Group Stage play in a double-elimination bracket.
- All matches are played as Bo5, except the Grand Final, which is Bo7.
M5 World Championship: Teams
Twenty-two of the best teams will compete for the title of World Champion at the final major competition of the 2023 season, the M5 World Championship. Will Blacklist International be able to top their runner-up performance from last year and win the title?
Eight teams will compete in the Wildcard Stage for two rare slots in the main event. Fourteen qualified teams have already made it to the Group Stage following their respective performances in regional leagues like MPL PH S12, MPL ID S12, etc.
Keep reading to see all the teams competing, including their complete player rosters and the different regions they've qualified from.
Group Stage Qualified Teams
- AP.Bren (MPL PH 12 #1): FlapTzy, KyleTzy, Pheww, Super Marco, Owgwen
- Blacklist International (MPL PH S12 #2): Edward, Sensui, Hadji, Oheb, Renejay
- ONIC Esports (MPL ID #1): Butsss, Kairi, Sanz, CW, Kiboy
- Geek Fam ID (MPL ID #2): Luke, Nnael, Aboy, Markyyyyy, Baloyskie
- RRQ Akira (LIGA LATAM #2): Tekashi, Kiing, Seigen, Luiiz, Gustalagusta
- Bigetron Sons (LIGA LATAM 2023 #2): Bllack, Buzizio, Sindra, Upa, Lunna
- HomeBois (MPL MY S12 #1): Sepat, Chibil, Warlord, RaizeL, Xorn
- Team Flash (MPL SG S6): Adammir, Hadess, Jayy, Vanix, Lolsie
- See You Soon (MPL KH Autumn): FELIX, MP the King, Raa, Kousei, BOXI
- Triple Esports (MPL MENA Fall #1): Sanji, Tarzan, Cuffin, Fury, Trolll
- Deus Vult (MCC S2 #1): Kid Bomba, Magistor, Sunset Lover, Carvi, SAWO
- Fire Flux Esports (MTC Turkiye Championship): Alien, Tienzy, Rosa, Sunshine, APEX47
- TheOhioBrothers (NACT Fall): Mielow, bestplayer1, Hoon, ZIA, SHARK
- Burmese Ghouls (Myanmar Qualifier): Carbon, Niko, Lina, Stitch, Blink
- Imperio (LIGA LATAM 2023 #3): Markinho, AURORAA, Feshin, Yur, Stephe
- Team SMG (MPL MY S12 #2): Smooth, Saxa, Stormie, Sasa, Mikko
- Umbrella Squad (MCC S2 #2): Castle, Mark, Troublemarker, black march, A F K
- 4Merical Esports (MCB Fall): Masarap, Lunatic Panda, Xerox, Yahiko, Clock
- Niightmare Esports (M Challenge Cup S2): Juviana, 2Ez4Lexxy, Sosoul, Khammy, J4ZBIN
- Team Lilgun (ENC Mongolia): Azin, Zxaura, Forbid, Bebex, Ethan
- Team Falcons (MPL MENA Fall #2): Hulk, Lio, Goodnight, Lawtrick, Super
- KeepBest Gaming (China Qualifier): Siyi, Simba, LMU, GodYang, Tides
M5 World Championship: Venues and Streams
Adding to the immense excitement of the event, the M5 World Championship will be split across two regions. Malaysia will be the primary host of the Wild Card stage, held at the Jio Space.
The Philippines plays host to the central portion of the tournament. The Group Stage and Knockout Stage will be hosted at the EVM Convention Center in Quezon City, Metro Manila, with over 1,000 seating capacity.
Finally, the M5 World Championship Grand Finals will happen at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum venue. Tickets have unfortunately sold out, but don't worry! All games will be live-streamed in English across all Mobile Legends: Bang Bang official platforms.
For region-specific live streams, broadcasts will be available for Indonesia, the Middle East, Singapore, the Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Turkey, and Portuguese-speaking regions.
M5 World Championship: Schedule
The M5 World Championship officially kicked off on November 23 with the all-new Wildcard Stage, as Team Lilgun and Team SMG join the other 14 qualified teams for the main event.
M5 World Championship: Group Stage Schedule
Like the Wildcard Stage, all times for the Group and Knockout Stage will be in PHT. Check out how the teams are looking for the Group Stage so far.
Despite the Group Stage beginning on December 2, the schedule has already been released. We'll update the matches below once the two competing M5 Wild Card teams have been decided.
- Group A: Bigetron Sons, ONIC Esports, See You Soon, Triple Esports
- Group B: Blacklist International, Fire Flux Esports, RRQ Akira, Team SMG
- Group C: AP.Bren, Burmese Ghouls, Team Flash, Team Lilgun
- Group D: Deus Vult, Geek Fam ID, HomeBois, TheOhioBrothers
- 2:00 PM: AP.Bren vs. Burmese Ghouls
- 4:00 PM: Fire Flux Esports vs. Team SMG
- 6:00 PM: HomeBois vs. Geek Fam ID
- 8:00 PM: ONIC Esports vs. Bigetron Sons
- 2:00 PM: TheOhioBrothers vs. Deus Vult
- 4:00 PM: Team Flash vs. Burmese Ghouls
- 6:00 PM: See You Soon vs. Bigetron Sons
- 8:00 PM: Blacklist International vs. RRQ Akira
- 2:00 PM: Triple Esports vs. See You Soon
- 4:00 PM: Team Flash vs. Team Lilgun
- 6:00 PM: Geek Fam ID vs. TheOhioBrothers
- 8:00 PM: Blacklist International vs. Team SMG
- 2:00 PM: Burmese Ghouls vs. Team Lilgun
- 4:00 PM: Fire Flux Esports vs. RRQ Akira
- 6:00 PM: Deus Vult vs. Geek Fam ID
- 8:00 PM: ONIC Esports vs. Triple Esports
- 2:00 PM: RRQ Akira vs. Team SMG
- 4:00 PM: HomeBois vs. Deus Vult
- 6:00 PM: See You Soon vs. ONIC Esports
- 8:00 PM: Team Flash vs. AP.Bren
- 2:00 PM: Triple Esports vs. Bigetron Sons
- 4:00 PM: AP.Bren vs. Team Lilgun
- 6:00 PM: TheOhioBrothers vs. HomeBois
- 8:00 PM: Blacklist International vs. Fire Flux
M5 World Championship: Prize Pool Distribution and Standings
Team Name (s)
5th - 6th
7th - 8th
9th - 12th
13th - 16th
17th - 18th
Imperio, Niightmare Esports
19th - 20th
Umbrella Squad, Team Faclons
21st - 22nd
KeepBest Gaming, 4Merical
That's everything we know about the Mobile Legends M5 World Championship, the biggest MLBB event on the calendar! Who will be crowned the world champions this time around? Only time will tell. We'll update this article frequently with results, schedule changes, and standings, so watch this space!
Want more MLBB content? Check out our MLBB tier list, the best heroes for beginners, the best skins, Battle Spells, and how to get free diamonds. Interested in more MLBB esports? Read our ONE Esports MPLI 2023 overview to get your fix.