AP Bren rises beyond greatness to score their second M Series Championship

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MANILA, 17 December – AP Bren rises beyond all at the M5 World Championship as a second-time champion, the first ever for any Mobile Legends: Bang Bang professional team. Standing tall against ONIC ID, AP Bren showcased how they were the greater team with the stronger hero pool and strategy. The M5 World Championship also saw over 6,000 offline audiences in the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, with a new record-breaking viewership high of 5.06 million according to Esports Charts.

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Both teams reached not one but two epic match points thanks to a reversal by ONIC ID in the third match and the sixth match. This marks the first 4-3 in the M Series in three years, with the epic reverse sweep reminiscent of the M2 World Championship by AP Bren. This was due to the team realising at the crucial second match point that Kairi was the key to ONIC ID's strategy. 

"The fight against ONIC ID was epic," stated Francis "Ducky" Glindro, "They took advantage of what they could, and we chose heroes that could go up against their picks in the last match." 

This year featured the Wild Card format for the very first time in Malaysia, which gave eight international teams a chance to qualify for the M5 World Championship in Manila. Next year's M Series is set to be held in Malaysia, with more details to be unveiled. 

The M5 World Championship is globally supported by Global Presenting Partner Qiddiya, Official Gaming Phone Sponsor ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG), and Official SuperApp Partner Grab. It is backed by Presenting Partners, Smart Communications, Inc.; Maya; the Department of Tourism Philippines; the Games and Amusements Board; Love the Philippines; EVM Convention Center; and the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.