Bren Esports returned home millions of pesos richer after prevailing in the Mobile Legends M2 World Championships in Singapore, besting 11 other teams for the precious hardware.
Aside from earning the bragging rights as the best Mobile Legends team in the world, Bren Esports raked in $140,000 (around P6.7 million) of the total $300,000 (P14.4-million) prize pool.
The prize made the journey worth it for Bren Esports, which had to survive the lower bracket before it outlasted the Burmese Ghouls of Myanmar in a seven-game grand finals that went the distance.
Bren Esports had to go through heavyweights Alter Ego and RRQ Hoshi of Indonesia to reach the grand finals, where it came back from a 2-3 deficit to stun the Burmese Ghouls for the crown.
Carry Karl "KarlTzy" Nepomuceno bagged $3,000 (around P140,000) of his own after winning the Finals Most Valuable Player honors.
Bren Esports will also get an exclusive Mobile Legends skin to highlight its triumph, with the team choosing the hero Chou for the in-game upgrade.
Although primarily a fighter, Chou became a staple in Bren Esports' lineup as tank/support Allan "Lusty" Castromayor regularly selected it for a flexible play style of pick-offs and teammate protection.
The other Bren Esports members are CJ "Ribo" Ribo, David Charles "FlapTzy" Canon, Angelo Kyle "Pheww" Arcangel, Ejhay "Ejhay" Sambrano, and Mico "Coco" Sampang.
Francis "Duckeyyy" Glindro coached Bren Esports. – Rappler.com
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.