The groups for the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) M2 World Championship were revealed during the Live Group Draw Show on Saturday (12 December), distributing the 12 participating teams into four groups of three.
Group A is comprised of MLBB Pro League (MPL) Myanmar champions Burmese Ghouls, Singaporean team RSG (which recently rebranded from Resurgence), and Russian team Unique Deus Vult.
Meanwhile, Group B is an all SEA affair, with MPL MY/SG champions Todak drawn together with Philippine team Omega Esports and Cambodian team Impunity KH.
Looking like M2’s ‘group of death’, Group C gives ONE Esports MPL Invitational champions Alter Ego Esports an early reunion with the team they beat in the MPLI finals, runners-up and MPL PH champions Bren Esports. Completing the group is Japanese team 10S Gaming Frost, who were also around for M1 last year.
Finally, Group D is comprised of MPL ID champions RRQ Hoshi, Singaporean team EVOS SG, and Brazilian team DreamMax.
The group stage for the M2 World Championship will run from 18 January to 20 January and will be split into two phases.
The first phase, from 18 January to 19 January, will have all teams from each group take each other on in best-of-three matches for a total of six matches per day.
The first-placed team from each group will be directly seeded to the upper bracket of the playoffs.
Meanwhile, the two remaining teams from each group will proceed to the second phase of the group stage on 20 January. There, the second and third-placed teams from each group will face each for the remaining spots in the playoffs.
The winner of each match in the second phase of the group stage will advance to the lower bracket of the playoffs while the loser is eliminated.
The playoffs, which is set to run from 22 January to 24 January, will follow a double-elimination format.
The first round of the upper bracket will be a best-of-three match while the upper bracket final will be a best-of-five series.
Meanwhile, the first three rounds of the lower bracket will feature best-of-three matches while the lower bracket final will be a best-of-five series.
Finally, the grand finals will be a best-of-seven showdown for the championship and the grand prize of US$140,000.
The M2 World Championship will take place behind closed-doors at Shangri-La Singapore with a total prize pool of US$300,000.
The M2 World Championship will also be a considerably smaller affair compared to its predecessor, the M1 World Championship, which was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November last year.
The M1 World Championship notably featured the 16 best MLBB teams in the world, whereas the M2 World Championship is only able to accommodate 12 teams due to restrictions necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.