Captain Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna is destined to be the queen in the hearts of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang fans. He is one of the leading Esports wrestlers fighting for the LGBT community.
At 27, Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna has become one of the most successful ML:BB players, and even one of the game’s top brains. However, few people can imagine that this player went through extremely dark times before being known as a Mobile Legends: Bang Bang gamer.
Starting from a game addict
Like many other gamers, OhMyV33nus has had a passion for games since childhood. As a teenager, he could spend up to 12-12 hours a day playing games at internet cafes because his family didn’t have a computer:
“When I was 13 years old, I liked RPG games like Ragnarok. As I got older, I started looking to Warcraft, Dota 1. That’s when I started participating in money matches, or small tournaments in the cities. Contemplation to train yourself.”
It was also the beginning of OhMyV33nus with Esports, when he quickly realized he wanted to become a professional gamer. He became more and more attached to the MOBA series after approaching League of Legends. However, his dream almost did not come true.
“I’ve been playing MOBA games since I was 17 years old. For 7 years, I was constantly participating in weekly tournaments and trying to find the opportunity to compete professionally, but the opportunity kept eluded me. It was time. The most difficult and exhausting point in my life. My family and relatives were extremely angry when I lost my job because I was glued to the computer all day. They advised me to give up and go to work for my mother.”
At the age of 25, OhMyV33nus was unemployed and without a degree, gradually losing hope of becoming a professional gamer: “In 2018, I decided to leave the Philippines to go to Japan with my mother and sister. I would have Leaving games to focus on life and family.”
Turning point with Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
While waiting for the visa to be granted, OhMyV33nus found a new mobile game: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. At that time, he himself could not believe, this game completely changed his life.
“I have friends who play with me on Facebook and we quickly became close friends. And friends who played League of Legends with me before, we formed a group to play together.”
They won a number of minor tournaments and brought in relatively large prize money, and OhMyV33nus saw the hope of his life. Gradually, their team attracted several sponsors and entered major tournaments. That’s also when OhMyV33nus reached his dream.
However, the life of a professional gamer is not easy. They have to sacrifice their own lives to follow their dreams:
“Others think we’re just playing games, but they don’t understand the challenges we’re facing. We have to practice for 10 hours a day or more. Sometimes we have a problem. days off but that’s not enough for us to spend time with our families.”
However, after all, OhMyV33nus has been acknowledged, not only from fans but also from his family:
“Ever since I was a kid, this has been my dream, so I’m very proud of my achievements. Initially, my family was against what I was doing, but now, I have received support and help from my relatives.”
Leaving the old roof to reach the top
At the end of the 2020 season, OhMyV33nus left Onic, the team he started his career with with close friends, to join Blacklist International. The separation made Onic’s fans extremely angry, forcing the team members to say, “Although we can’t be together, we are always by your side, OhMyV33nus. hopefully the teams at MPL will stop the negative comments related to gender….”
Along with Onic, OhMyV33nus had 2 seasons reaching the finals of the largest Mobile Legends tournament in the Philippines. However, he decided to leave after realizing he needed more motivation to move forward. His start at Blacklist was extremely difficult, it took OhMyV33nus a while to get along well with his teammates:
“At times, I felt exhausted. Onic was the only team in my career, a new start with new teammates made me feel very tired in the early stages. We met many difficulties before success.”
Blacklist International has had an extremely successful 2021 season at international tournaments when acquiring a whole collection of international titles, the most prominent of which is the M3 World Championship, where Blacklist International has beaten defeated ONIC PH – the old team of OhMyV33nus to become the world champion of ML:BB.
The absence of OhMyV33nus caused Blacklist to fail at MPL Philippines Season 9, but the return of the mid laner born in 1994 helped them bring home the 31st SEA Games gold medal in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. His smart moves, ability to call the team and connect with his teammates made the difference and positive changes in Blacklist’s gameplay.
“Lots of victories and defeats,” said OhMyV33nus: “You don’t just learn from the matches, but you need to have a breakthrough in thinking, try to coordinate well with your teammates. that’s what made me successful at ML:BB.”
Fight for yourself and the LGBT community
Fans call him queen OhMyV33nus because he is a member of the LGBT community. Every time he failed, he had to endure many attacks about his gender. He admits he was hurt by the negative comments, but his love for ML:BB overcame them all:
“Failure means criticism, even insults. That’s when I realized that professional gamers are not always full of joy. I have received many insults.
I was seriously hurt when I received them, but after all, I love the game, and I have gone through a lot of hardships to get to where I am now. Therefore, I always tell myself that criticism can’t make me falter.”
After becoming a victim of negative comments about gender right in an official match, OhMyV33nus frankly shared on his personal Facebook:
“As a member of the LGBTQ community and a professional ML:BB player, I stand up to the battle to inspire anyone in the community. I will deliver on all platforms. so that people can understand how LGBTQ members have been affected by gender discrimination and how to turn the negativity around you into moving forward.”