ECHO head coach Steven “Dale” Vitug has bid farewell to the professional Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) scene after seven fruitful seasons in MPL, his team announced on Thursday, October 28.

/ 29 October 2021

ECHO PH, known back as Aura PH, expressed gratitude to the veteran tactician and wished him the very best in his future endeavors. 

“Thank you, Coach Dale, for all the times you’ve been there to guide and lead us to victory. In all the games we went through together — the wins and losses. You have been a huge part of our recent seasons, and we’re grateful for all that you did for us,” said the organization in a social media post.

“You have been a huge part of our recent seasons, and we’re grateful for all that you did for us. We’re wishing you all the success in your future endeavors,” the post added.

Dale shared his sentiments on social media as well, thanking all of the individuals and organizations that molded his career alongside a hashtag #signing off.

Maraming salamat sa memories Mobile Legends: Bang Bang at sa ibang naging friends/org/teammates diko na memention isa isa.”

Among those that have been a part of his life is veteran midlaner, Jason Rafael “Jaymeister” Torculas.

Dale spearheaded the Philippine national team as they nab the gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in Manila. 

He then led Omega Esports to a runner-up finish in Season 6 and a ticket to the M2 World Championships, which they finished at a respectable 5th-6th place.

In Season 7, he joined Aura PH that finished 3rd overall, which he joined hands with then-coach Michael “Arcadia” Bocado.

Come Season 8, Aura PH rebranded to ECHO, where the player-turned-coach assumed the coaching role after Arcadia was tasked to handle the organization’s esports squads as its head coach.