Mobile Legends (MLBB) developer MOONTON Games announced on Wednesday (6 April) that this year's MLBB Southeast Asia Cup (MSC) will be held offline in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 11 to 19 June.
This will mark the first time that Malaysia will host the MSC, with this year's iteration of the regional championship tournament for Southeast Asia featuring 12 teams competing for their cut of a US$300,000 prize pool — twice the pot of last year's edition.
The 12 participating teams will be comprised of the champions and the runners-up of the MLBB Professional Leagues (MPL) in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Cambodia.
Meanwhile, the representatives for Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand will be determined through qualifying tournaments.
Myanmar will have its own tournament while Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand will share the other qualifier.
Should MSC 2022 follow the format of its predecessor, then it will be split into three stages: the Group Stage, the Play-Ins, and the Playoffs.
The Group Stage will see the 12 participating teams split into four groups of three teams each. The top team of each group will be directly seeded to the upper bracket of the Playoffs while the second and third-placed teams will have to earn their spot in the lower bracket through the Play-In stage.
The MSC 2022 Group Draw will be broadcasted on 29 May, with further details on the tournament also being shared during the event.
MSC 2022 will see the tournament's return to offline competition after last year's iteration, which was won by Filipino team Execration, was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since 2017, the MSC was previously hosted offline in Jakarta, Indonesia and Manila, Philippines.