MANILA — After a long layoff, the King and Queen of Philippine MLBB, and their trusted knights are finally returning to their kingdom.
Blacklist International finally unveiled their MPL Philippines Season 10 roster on Sunday night, revealing the return of their iconic V33Wise tandem and the retention of their core group on a biker-inspired three-minute trailer.
The dyad formed of team captain Johnmar "OhMyV33NUS" Villaluna and Danerie James "Wise" Del Rosario will lead the Codebreakers once again in two grand quests: a third MPL trophy and a rare M-World Series two-peat.
Joining the fray are the remainder of Blacklist's M3 World Championship-winning squad, comprising of Edward Jay "Edward" Dapadap, Worlds MVP Kiel Calvin "Oheb" Soriano, and Salic "Hadji" Imam; alongside substitute jungler Kent Xavier "Kevier" Lopez.
Furthermore, Kristoffer Ed "Bon Chan" Ricaplaza and Aniel "Master the Basics" Jiandani, together with Mark Jayson "Eson" Gerardo and Dexter Louise "Dex Star" Alaba will remain in the sidelines as their coaches and substitute-analysts, respectively.
Their official lineup will run as follows:
Jungle: Wise, Kevier
Gold Lane: Oheb
EXP Lane: Edward
Middle Lane/Support: OhMyV33NUS (C), Hadji
Coach: Bon Chan, Master the Basics (assistant)
Substitute-Analysts: Eson, Dex Star
Still winning while on a break
After a dominant 2021 run, which saw BLCK win MPL Seasons 7 and 8, and M3; and clip runner-up finishes in both the Mobile Legends Southeast Asia Cup and One Esports MPL Invitational, the pair, known as V33Wise, skipped Season 9 to rest.
On their break, they first steered the Philippines to a back-to-back golden finish in the 2021 Hanoi SEA Games - Mobile Legends: Bang Bang tilt with Imam and amateurs Lee Howard "Owl" Gonzales, Kyle Dominic "Dominic" Soto, and Russel Aaron "Eyon" Usi.
V33Wise, together with Edward, Oheb, and Hadji, then saw action in Sibol's draft combine tiff for the upcoming 2022 IESF World Esports Championship in Bali, Indonesia, where they are presently battling for lineup slots against amateur team MHRLK Esports.
Their and the Tier One-backed troop's inclusion to the national esports team's pool again came after escaping their current adversary on a 2-1 thriller in the international tourney's Philippine Qualifier finals last July 10.
However, the two-time MPL winners fumbled in Season 9 on the legendary duo's absence, settling on a dismal eighth place with a 3-11 (13-24 in games) win-loss slate.
Upon their return, the decorated tandem and the defending M-Series kings are expected to start their revenge tour and #DefendTheCrown campaign in the league's 10th edition this August.
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