Who said that only humans can cosplay game, comic or anime characters?

In a recent patch by popular MOBA game, Mobile Legends, the renowned Bloodaxe Orc with demon blood, receives a new skin. The skin and the move sets that come with it are inspired by basketball, a game that’s so popular among Filipinos.

Balmond Savage point guard

Gustong mapatunayan ni Balmond na siya ang laging sentro, mapa-battlefield man o sa court. Ang bagong Balmond Savage point guard skin ay nalalapit na! Sakupin ang court gamit ang wild baller!#MobileLegendsBangBang#MLBBNewSkin

Mobile Legends: Bang Bangさんの投稿 2018年7月11日水曜日

The Salvage Pointguard skin is among the best ones we have seen in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. What’s even more surprising is how Moonton, the game’s developer, managed to even rehash Balmond’s more powerful move, Lethal Counter. Apart from just simply smashing the ground with his re-skinned Bloodlust Axe, an aura of a basketball half court will fill the animation.

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is undoubtedly the most popular Mobile MOBA in the Philippines. In fact, it ranks number 1 and the leading mobile gaming arena today across Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia markets.

Correlate this with the popularity of basketball among Filipinos, and you got yourself an interesting mix of well-loved digital and physical sports.

Balmond - Mobile Legend's Balmond "cosplays" as a warmonger Orc basketballerThis 2018, MLBB’s entrance into the Philippine basketball scene was marked by exciting collaborations with leading Filipino basketball players, basketball-themed skins, limited-edition jersey, and a slew of offline activities. “As a globally-focused game, MLBB has always placed a strong focus on local popular culture and aims to connect with players at a deeper level. Basketball being a popular sport within the Philippines, and among MLBB players, entering the basketball scene was a natural decision for us,” shared Cherry Xia, MLBB’s Vice President. “Moreover, basketball and MLBB e-sports share a lot of similarities, both of which emphasize the spirit of competition and teamwork. Players of all skill levels can experience the thrill of competition and teamwork.”

Japeth Aguilar, a PBA favorite and Ginebra’s all-star forward, gave a heartfelt endorsement of MLBB and personally signed 20 limited edition MLBB jerseys received by lucky MLBB players. “I’m very happy to be working with MLBB,” said Aguilar, “As an MLBB player myself, I find a lot of commonalities and shared values between MLBB and basketball most specially when it comes to forming a bond, and getting better together in the game as a team. Both games are exciting team sports and I’m quite sure Filipino fans feel the same passion towards the unique experience MLBB and basketball brings.”

During the opening of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals two weeks ago, MLBB continued to strengthen its presence in the national basketball scene with an unexpected “player” making a special appearance at the PBA courts.

Surprising viewers tuned in during the PBA live streams was none other than MLBB’s epic hero, Balmond, donning a basketball jersey and delivering slam dunks.

What do you guys think about this? Are you playing Mobile Legends: Bang Bang in between breaks of PBA timeouts? Tell us your thoughts! And don’t forget

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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