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Dale, Basic still alive in M4 World Championship

Delfin Dioquino
Dale, Basic still alive in M4 World Championship

GROOVE BACK. Basic and The Valley have turned things around after a disappointing group stage run.

M4 World Championship

Basic's The Valley and Dale's Falcon Esports are on the cusp of advancing to the lower bracket quarterfinals in the Mobile Legends M4 World Championship

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Filipino player Peter Bryce “Basic” Lozano and coach Steve “Dale” Vitug remained in contention in the Mobile Legends M4 World Championship as their respective teams stayed alive in the lower bracket.

Basic and American side The Valley continued their superb run in the knockout rounds after a dismaying group stage campaign, eliminating former Malaysian champion TODAK via a 2-0 sweep to advance on Tuesday, January 10.

Yet to drop a game in the knockout stage, The Valley also booted out Filipino coach John Michael “Zico” Dizon and reigning Cambodian titlist Burn X Flash, 2-0, a day prior.

Meanwhile, Dale steered Myanmar’s Falcon Esports to a dominant 2-0 win over Argentina’s S11 Gaming as they got back on track after being dropped from the upper bracket.

Falcon Esports topped Group A, twice toppling defending world champion Blacklist International to reach the upper bracket, only to be swept by Indonesia’s Onic Esports in the first round of the knockout stage.

Up next for The Valley is Brazil’s RRQ Akira, while Falcon Esports battles Turkey’s Incendio Supremacy for spots in the lower bracket quarterfinals.

The winners will face the losers of the upper bracket semifinals pitting Blacklist International against Indonesian powerhouse RRQ Hoshi and Filipino squad Echo against Onic Esports.

A prize pool of $800,000 (nearly P44 million) is at stake in the 16-team showdown, with the champion taking home the top purse of $300,000 (nearly P16.5 million).

Aside from Burn X Flash, TODAK, and S11 Gaming, other eliminated teams were Singapore’s RSG, Malaysia’s Team HAQ, Vietnam’s MDH Esports, Argentina’s Malvinas Gaming, and Egypt’s Occupy Thrones. –

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Delfin Dioquino

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.