As the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup 2023 (MSC 2023) is about to kick off, some landmark changes will take place, which would see the tournament significantly different from the previous.
One of the most notable modifications would be the addition of three teams that hail from outside of the Southeast Asian region. Teams from MENA (Middle East and North Africa), North America, and Turkey will be making a surprising inclusion in the event.
In an explainer video, Moonton lays out the changes in this year’s MSC.
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Another substantial adjustment to MSC 2023 is the introduction of two stages—the group stage and the knockout stage.
In the group stage, 12 qualified teams will fight each other out in a best-of-three, single round-robin, which will see the reigning two teams from each of the four groups moving to the knockout stage.
Following the same rule that took place in MSC 2018, the knockout stage makes for a noteworthy departure from last year’s as it once again implements the single-elimination format in a best-of-five.
The alterations mark a new set of challenges among participants through an increased degree of intensity and pressure throughout—where defeat in the quarterfinals could result in getting cut off, though the loss in the semi-finals offers a chance for redemption for the third place.
From June 10 to June 13, the group stage will kickstart itself, with a day of break on June 14. The knockout stage will soon follow suit on June 15, to last until June 18.