MPL-PH Season 7 group stage still online; on-site playoffs a possibility?
For the 2nd straight season, the totality of the group phase of the MPL Philippines will be held online as a health and security preventative measure amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ruling MPL-PH and world champ Bren Esports and the nine other competitors will complete in the eight-week regular season from their particular bootcamps, according to Rick Tian, marketing supervisor of game developer Moonton.
The playoffs, on the other hand, is yet to be determined, raising the possibility that it might be held offline at a specific physical venue if conditions get much better and protocols begin to relax further.
Moonton chose to begin holding the MPL online midway through the group phase of Season 5 in May last year as the aggravating COVID issue required the federal government to impose a nationwide lockdown.
Ever since, the regional professional league of perhaps the most popular mobile MOBA esports title in Southeast Asia has been held essentially.
The MPL-PH Season 7 will roll off on March 19, with the group phase set to be played over eight weekends till May 16.
An All-Star Weekend event on May 22 and May 23 will be hosted as a primer for the double elimination playoffs that results in the best-of-seven Grand Finals.
The very first playoffs weekend is on May 29-30 while the 2nd one that includes the Grand Finals is on June 5-6.
Bren Esports will begin its title defense versus Onic PH, Aura PH, Cignal Ultra and qualifier Work Auster Force in Group A, which might be thought about as the “Group of Death” in the upcoming season.
Smart Omega, the Season 6 runner-up and an M2 World Championship playoff finisher, will take on Execration, Blacklist International, Nexplay Solid and the other qualifier Laus Playbook Esports.