Volleyball star Aby Maraño played the role of a cheerleader when she fired up Blacklist International days before competing in the finals of the Mobile Legends Southeast Asia Cup (MSC) 2021.
Maraño, the skipper of F2 Logistics in the Premier Volleyball League, proudly flaunted her customized Blacklist jersey in a bid to inspire the squad in its quest for the prestigious Southeast Asian title.
Although Blacklist defeated EVOS Legends of Indonesia in the semifinals, it suffered a sorry loss to another Filipino side, Execration, in the finals, 1-4, to settle for a runner-up finish.
Still, Maraño’s post in which she cheered for Blacklist captain Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna became a trending topic with more than 7,700 likes and 1,300 shares in Facebook and 9,900 likes in Instagram and counting.
What made it even sweet was when Maraño floated the idea of changing her Mobile Legends in-game name to “OHMYTY44NG” or “OHMY4BY” as a nod to OhMyV33nus, who emerged as star of local Esports after powering Blacklist to the title of Mobile Legends Philippines Professional League (MPL) Season 7.
“It’s an honor to have a jersey from MPL Philippines champ Blacklist International. Good luck to your campaign in the playoffs of MSC,” Maraño said while posting a photo of her in Blacklist jersey imitating the usual pose of OhMyV33nus while holding a volleyball.
“But do not be confused: I am sticking with volleyball. I am just paying my respect to ML (Mobile Legends) queen, OhMyV33nus. Please bless me with your ML skills, your grace.”
Branded as “Tyang Aby” off the court, Maraño is among the many volleyball players who got hooked on ML using an in-game name “TyangInamess.”