In recent developments within the Indonesian MLBB Pro League, Filipino imports have sparked widespread interest among enthusiasts, particularly the iconic duo from Blacklist International: Johnmar “OHMYV33NUS” Villaluna and Danerie “Wise” Rosario.
In case you didn’t catch it, the transfer window for MPL ID slammed shut last month and it was a huge surprise with the number of imported talents joining big teams compared to last year. A bunch of top Filipino talents, from John “Irrad” Abarquez, Tristan “Yawi” Cabrera to title-winning coaches like Vrendon “Vren” Lin and John “Theo” Eusebio, suddenly found themselves in the spotlight in Indonesia.
The MPL ID Season 13 transfer market witnessed an unprecedented financial turnover, smashing records and making waves across the MLBB scene. Esteemed organization owners within the MPL ID circles even dubbed it the most exorbitant transfer season to date. And this monumental shift clearly hasn’t gone unnoticed by the VeeWise duo, whose sharp eyes are keenly fixed on the escalating influx of Filipino talents making their mark in Indonesia.
During a live stream in early February, the duo spilled the tea about the fat contracts MPL ID teams are offering, making it difficult for young talent to refuse. But here’s a twist: they’re more interested in snagging head coach or analyst gigs in MPL ID because those positions come with fatter paychecks than being players.
“I think there’s nothing wrong with importing Filipino talents. I mean, if that would help your team win the title, then go ahead. I know that the salaries in Indonesia are fantastic,” said V33NUS. “But in Indonesia, from what I hear, the coach’s salary is way higher than the player’s! I think I’m going to be an analyst there.”
Wise, not missing a beat, cracked a joke about the salary difference between Indonesia and the Philippines, saying he could buy a car with what he’d make in three months in MPL ID, unlike in MPL PH where the pay’s peanuts.
Although the two have not yet made any serious statements about the prospect of competing in MPL ID, they have expressed their interest in MPL ID several times and will most likely consider offers that come in the future, especially if those offers come from their favorite teams.
For now, the legendary duo does not seem to be ending their hiatus and is expected to continue creating content on social media while waiting for the right time to make a comeback. Previously, they expressed their interest in competing in the MSC 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, but there has been no decision on whether they will actually participate as players or as a coaching team.