Last updated: March 16, 2023
Mobile Legend's Bang Bang developers Moonton are expanding the esports ecosystem in the Philippines with the launch of MDL PH, a development league for professional Mobile Legends and feeder series for the MPL PH season.
The MDL PH is the second MDL after MDL Indonesia, which is now entering its seventh season. The inaugural MDL Philippines season will commence on February 15 and end on April 1, 2023.
It will be exciting to see so many promising talents rising through the ranks to compete and to further witness the exponential growth of the MLBB esports scene in the Philippines. Here is everything fans will need to know about the development league's first season, including the match formats, schedule, and the teams competing.
Eight franchised MPL Philippines teams and two invited amateur squads will compete for the championship title and the prize pool, which is set to be USD $20,000.
The MDL PH Season 1 will begin with the regular season, featuring a round-robin format where all matches are best-of-three. All ten qualifying teams will fight for a spot in the all-important playoffs. The format for said playoffs is still to be announced, with more updates to follow.
The ten competing teams have been revealed by Moonton, and it is set to be an exciting tournament with a showcase of talent on display.
Blacklist International have said they want to bring their winning culture to MDL PH season 1, and provide young, talented players with opportunities to compete at higher levels. They believe MDL PH will act as a feeder grassroots platform for future MLBB esports players.
Blacklist Academy's MDL PH players will likely be mentored by the Blacklist International MPL team and the dynamic duo of OhMyv33nus and Wise that previously led Blacklist to the M3 World Championship title.
Blacklist Academy's MDL PH team consists of the following six members:
ECHO Philippines will feature key participants from their MPL Philippines season 10 roster for their campaign in the first MDL PH season.
There is plenty of hype surrounding the Omega Neos, or OMGN, MDL PH roster, with an intriguing combination of seasoned veterans and many promising talents. Kielvj, in particular, has a wealth of experience to bring to the team as a two-time MPL PH champion.
ONIC Philippines revealed their official roster for the MDL PH Season 1. Their team is nicknamed ONIC Arsenals and is filled with some promising talent headed by a long-standing veteran, Rapidoot or Dudut, as their team captain.
Nexplay Esports launched its roster for the first season of MPL PH. Their team will be led by two seasoned players from MPL Philippines season 10, Kzen and LancyCy. The remainder of the squad are members from the organization's rookie B-team, Nexplay Esports 2.0.
Bren Esports unveiled their full lineup for MDL PH season 1 on their official Facebook page.
TNC Neo is set to showcase its strengths in the augural MDL PH season 1, as they are joined by members of the amateur team Virgin Souls.
Boasting a mix of novice players and experienced veterans, RSG Ignite will feature rising stars like 1rrad and Kousei from RSG Slate Philippines (RSG PH), competing in the MPL Philippines Season 11.
ZOL Esports is one of the amateur teams invited to compete in the MDL PH. Their group will be captained by experienced members, Ribo and Iy4knu, with some exciting newcomers thrown into the mix.
Gamelab has previously dominated the amateur scene and is looking to try its luck in the MDL PH, with many promising talents forming their ranks.
Any fans wanting to watch the exciting events of MDL PH Season 1 can do so through the official Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Facebook page linked here. Every match will also be live-streamed on Mobile Legends: Bang Bang's official YouTube, embedded below.
Here is the full schedule for the MDL Philippines Season 1 - the winners names of each match-up in previous weeks are emboldened for reader convenience:
12PM - RSG Ignite Vs. Gamelab
2PM - ONIC Arsenals Vs. NXPE Tiger Cubs
4PM - Bren Euphoria Esports Vs. ZOL Esports
6PM - Omega Neos Vs. TNC Neo
12PM - Gamelab Vs. ONIC Arsenals
2PM - Blacklist Academy Vs. RSG Ignite
4PM - ZOL Esports Vs. Omega Neos
6PM - ECHO Proud Vs. Bren Euphoria Esports
12PM - Blacklist Academy Vs. TNC Neo
2PM - NXPE Tiger Cubs Vs. ECHO Proud
4PM - Gamelab Vs. ZOL Esports
12PM - ONIC Arsenals Vs. Blacklist Academy
2PM - NXPE Tiger Cubs Vs. Gamelab
4PM - Omega Neos Vs. ECHO Proud
6PM - TNC Neo Vs. ZOL Esports
12PM - Blacklist Academy Vs. NXPE Tiger Cubs
2PM - RSG Ignite Vs. ONIC Arsenals
4PM - ECHO Proud Vs. TNC Neo
6PM - Bren Euphoria Esports Vs. Omega Neos
12PM - RSG Ignite Vs. ZOL Esports
2PM - Gamelab Vs. Bren Euphoria Esports
4PM - NXPE Tiger Cubs Vs. Omega Neos
12PM - NXPE Tiger Cubs Vs. RSG Ignite
2PM - Gamelab Vs. Blacklist Academy
4PM - TNC Neo Vs. Bren Euphoria Esports
6PM - ZOL Esports Vs. ECHO Proud
12PM - Gamelab Vs. RSG Ignite
2PM - NXPE Tiger Cubs Vs. ONIC Arsenals
4PM - ZOL Esports Vs. Bren Euphoria Esports
6PM - TNC Neo Vs. Omega Neos
12PM - Blacklist Academy Vs. ECHO Proud
2PM - ONIC Arsenals Vs. Omega Neos
4PM - RSG Ignite Vs. TNC Neo
12PM - ONIC Arsenals Vs. Gamelab
2PM - RSG Ignite Vs. Blacklist Academy
4PM - Omega Neos Vs. ZOL Esports
6PM - Bren Euphoria Esports Vs. ECHO Proud
12PM - Blacklist Academy Vs. ONIC Arsenals
2PM - Gamelab Vs. NXPE Tiger Cubs
4PM - ECHO Proud Vs. Omega Neos
6PM - ZOL Esports Vs. TNC Neo
12PM - RSG Ignite Vs. Bren Euphoria Esports
2PM - NXPE Tiger Cubs Vs. TNC Neo
4PM - ONIC Arsenals Vs. ECHO Proud
12PM - NXPE Tiger Cubs Vs. Blacklist Academy
2PM - ONIC Arsenals Vs. RSG Ignite
4PM - TNC Neo Vs. ECHO Proud
6PM - Omega Neos Vs. Bren Euphoria Esports
12PM - RSG Ignite Vs. NXPE Tiger Cubs
2PM - Balcklist Academy Vs. Gamelab
4PM - TNC Neo Vs. Bren Euphoria Esports
6PM - ECHO Proud Vs. Zol Esports
12PM - Gamelab Vs. Omega Neos
2PM - ONIC Arsenals Vs. ZOL Esports
4PM - Blacklist Academy Vs. Bren Euphoria Esports
12PM - Blacklist Academy Vs. Omega Neos
2PM - NXPE Tiger Cubs Vs. Bren Euphoria Esports
4PM - RSG Ignite Vs. ECHO Proud
12PM - NXPE Tiger Cubs Vs. ZOL Esports
2PM - ONIC Arsenals Vs. Bren Euphoria Esports
4PM - Gamelab Vs. TNC Neo
12PM - Blacklist Academy Vs. ZOL Esports
2PM - RSG Ignite Vs. Omega Neos
4PM - Gamelab Vs. ECHO Proud
6PM - ONIC Arsenals Vs. TNC Neo
(To be further updated as the tournament continues)
Things are hotting up in the MLBB Development League in the Philippines, with a close battle at the top between Gamelab and ECHO Proud! Here are the current standings for week 5 of the MDL PH.
1) ECHO Proud - 9-2 | 20-6 | 27 points
2) Gamelab - 8-3 | 18-7 | 25 points
3) Omega Neos - 7-4 | 17-12 | 20 points
4) RSG Ignite - 6-5 | 15-13 | 18 points
- Bren Euphoria Esports - 6-5 | 15-13 | 18 points
6) Blacklist Academy - 5-6 | 14-14 | 17 points
7) ONIC Arsenals - 5-6 | 11-14 | 14 points
- NXPE Tiger Cubs - 6-5 | 12-14 | 14 points
9) TNC Neo - 2-9 | 6-20 | 6 points
10) ZOL Esports - 1-10 | 6-21 | 6 points
More updates are to follow, so keep your eyes peeled as Rivalry updates this page with any further additional information, MLBB betting odds, and upcoming matches.