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Moonton heeds Blacklist International's request, announces Estes as M3 champion skin

A day before Christmas, Moonton finally gave Blacklist International its sought-after wish.

The game developer on Friday, through the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) Philippines page, announced that it has heard recently-crowned world champion Blacklist's request for the special M3 skin be their trademark hero, Estes.

"To our beloved gamers, Estes is the chosen champion M3 skin. We have heard your voices, and we will proceed with Blacklist International's choice," the post said. "Merry Christmas, and may all your wishes come true."

Moonton had been under pressure after Blacklist skipper Johnmar "OhMyV33nus" Villaluna revealed during a livestream on Wednesday that Moonton had rejected their request for Estes' exclusive skin.

Blacklist International got the privilege to choose their own skin after ruling the MLBB M3 World Championship over another Philippine bet, Onic PH.

"Ayaw raw ni Moonton ng Estes, true. Moonton doesn't like Estes because Estes is not marketable. Moonton will decide, not the players," OhMyV33nus said. "Moonton doesn't agree. Moonton doesn't agree that Estes is marketable."

"Dami pa rin nagco-comment about Estes. 'Wag na kayo umasa guys, it's already been decided. Sabi ko nga, it is what it is. We cannot do anything about it."

Following that, the hashtag #WeWantEstes trended on Twitter as MLBB fans in the Philippines expressed support for the M3 champion's wish.

In a statement on Thursday, though, Moonton clarified that the champion skin had not yet been determined and that discussions were still underway.

—JMB, GMA News