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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) developer MOONTON Games has partnered with ONE Esports to host the MLBB Women's Invitational (MWI) 2022, which will kick off on 27 January.
The event is set to be one of the biggest women's esports tournaments of the year, so here's everything you need to know about the MWI:
The MWI gathers the best all-female MLBB teams from all across Southeast Asia to compete for a cut of the US$15,000 prize pool from 27 to 30 January. These teams
The MWI aims to "celebrate female strength and empowerment" in esports, MOONTON's Managing Director of Global Esports Lucas Mao said in a statement.
The winners of the MWI will take home the grand prize of US$6,400, with the Finals MVP also bagging an extra US$200.
The runners-up will earn US$2,400 in consolation while the third and fourth-placed teams will get US$1,400 apiece. Meanwhile, the fifth to sixth-placed teams will get US$700 and the last placed team will earn US$200.
The MWI is split into two stages: the Group Stage, which will be held from 27 to 28 January, and the Playoffs, which will take place from 29 to 30 January.
The Group Stage will see the participating teams split into two groups of up to five teams to compete in a Single Round Robin, where all the matches will be a best-of-one. The Top 4 teams of each group will advance to the Playoffs.
The Playoffs will follow a single-elimination format with all matches being a best-of-three except for the grand finals, which will be a full best-of-five series.
The list of participating teams in the MWI is comprised of squads from the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Laos. Eight of the ten teams were given direct invites to the event while the remaining two earned their spots through Indonesia's Woman Star League Season 4.
Bren Victress and Omega Empress will represent the Philippines, Lugiámi, Bigetron Era, and GPX Basreng will represent Indonesia, Karra and On Air Pipol will represent Malaysia, Impunity Scarlet will represent Cambodia, and IDNS Princess will represent Laos.
IDNS Elsa from Thailand received a direct invite to the event but has decided to withdraw, bringing the total number of teams to just nine.
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