ECHO clinched the title by beating Blacklist International in Grand Final
The M4 World Championship concluded yesterday with the Grand Final game between ECHO and Blacklist International. The best of 7-game series was completely dominated by ECHO and the outcome was 4-0. It was a complete sweep from ECHO as they didn’t give a chance to the defending champions Blacklist International to get a hold of the game. These two teams earlier faced each other in the Upper Bracket Final and Blacklist International won that game. ECHO took revenge for that loss and made the Grand Final a total one-sided game. Bennyqt became the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament and accumulated a total of $10,000 in prize money. ECHO got the lion’s share of $300,000 from the total prize pool of $800,000.
Grand Final recap
It was once again Blacklist International vs ECHO. Both the Filipino counterparts were looking to clinch the title, Blacklist International was the winner of the previous year’s M3 World Championship and was looking for their 2nd title. But the dreams were shattered as ECHO dominated the scenario.
- Game 1: Blacklist International picked Benedetta, Barats, Pharsa, Harith and Mathilda. ECHO picked Lapu-Lapu, Akai, Yve, Lunox and Lolita. The game ended in just 14 minutes and 41 seconds.
- Game 2: The match went for around 14 minutes and 12 seconds with ECHO winning back-to-back games. The lineup for Blacklist International was Joy, Fredrinn, Valentina, Beatrix and Loita. ECHO played with Gloo, Barats, Pharsa, Brody and Franco.
- Game 3: Defending champions Blacklist International were unable to stand against ECHO. The match ended in just 13 minutes and 53 seconds with ECHO winning another game. The lineup for Blacklist International was Yu Zhong, Baxia, Pharsa, Karrie and Lolita. ECHO picked Lapu-Lapu, Fredrinn, Gusion, Brody and Kaja.
- Game 4: Blacklist International picked Benedetta, Barats, Yve, Beatrix and Diggie. ECHO went ahead with Gloo, Fredrinn, Xavier, Lunox and Hilda. After a fight for over 17 minutes and 15 seconds, ECHO sealed their victory.
The Grand Final concluded with a final score of 4-0 in the best of 7 games. From losing the Upper Bracket Final to a dominating performance in the Grand Final, we can say ECHO is the deserving champion. ECHO remained unbeaten throughout the group stage and won all the knockout stage fixtures except the Upper Bracket Final. KarlTzy became the first player to win the 2 MLBB World Championship.