M.League

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M.League
MLeagueLogo.png
M League logo
Country Japan
Inception 2018
Leader Mr. Susumu Fujita, Chairman
(Founder/President of CyberAgent)
Members 8 teams

M.League 「Mリーグ」 is a professional mahjong team league. This is the first league, where mahjong players receive a salary for playing games. Players are fielded from the various mahjong professional leagues. An M.League season consists of a number of regular season games followed by a playoff final. Each team is corporate sponsored, and thus they represent their respective companies. All league activity is hosted at the M.League Studio.

Format

The main format of the competition features a regular season and a post season. The basic format of the season varies in the number of hanchan played.

Current format

With eight teams, the regular season spans for 90 days for 180 hanchan. This grants 90 hanchan per team. After the final regular season day, the top six teams continue into the semifinal round, where they play 12 hanchan on a 6 day schedule. Into the final, the top four play another round of 12 hanchan on a 6 day schedule.

Rules and regulations

Game rules are indicated in the Official M-League Rules 「Mリーグの公式戦ルール」. All gameplay is in the form of hanchan using AMOS brand professional mahjong tables.

Game day

Every game day session includes two hanchan. Teams scheduled to play send one team member for each of the two hanchan. If desired, one player may play both hanchan.

Game rules

League rules comply with general riichi mahjong rules with special competitive settings.

Draft

Prior to each season, one day is set for team drafts. Teams select from a field of players among the different professional organizations. The inaugural draft was held on August 7, 2018. Naturally, every team made their player selections to fill their rosters in the inaugural draft. Subsequent drafts in later years, teams may opt to draft new players or otherwise pass on the opportunity. Currently, each team has rosters of either three or four players.

M.League Studio

The league has a dedicated studio for games and broadcasts. The studio is located in Hamamatsuchou, Minato, Tokyo.

Teams

Logo Team name Company sponsor Players Inception
Team Drivens logo.png
Akasaka Drivens Hakuhodo DY media partners Ken Sonoda (Saikouisen)
Jun Murakami (Saikouisen)
Taro Suzuki (Saikouisen)
Kanako Maruyama (Saikouisen)
2018
Team Furinkazan logo.png
EX Furinkazan TV Asahi Aki Nikaido (JPML)
Kenji Katsumata (JPML)
Takaya Matsugase (NPM)
Rumi Nikaido (JPML)
2018
Team Sakura Knights logo.png
Kadokawa Sakura Knights KADOKAWA Kotaro Uchikawa (JPML)
Sayaka Okada (JPML)
Makoto Sawazaki (JPML)
Shingo Hori (Nihon Pro Mahjong Kyokai)
2019
Team Fight Club.png
Konami Mahjong Fight Club KONAMI Hisato Sasaki (JPML)
Mari Takamiya (JPML)
Arisa Date (JPML)
Kazunori Takizawa (JPML)
2018
Team Phoenix logo.png
SegaSammy Phoenix SegaSammy Yuumi Uotani (JPML)
Seiichi Kondo (Saikouisen)
Sayaka Kayamori (Saikouisen)
Rio Toujou (JPML)
2018
Team Abemas logo.png
Shibuya Abemas CyberAgent Takaharu Ooi (RMU)
Sho Shiratori (JPML)
Yoshihiro Matsumoto (Nihon Pro Mahjong Kyokai)
Aiko Hinata (Saikouisen)
2018
Team Raiden logo.png
Team Raiden Dentsu Masato Hagiwara (JPML)
Naoki Setokuma (JPML)
Saki Kurosawa (JPML)
Tomohiro Honda (JPML)
2018
Team Pirates logo.png
U-Next Pirates U-Next Go Kobayashi (Mahjong Union)
Akina Mizuhara (Saikouisen)
2018

Seasons

Season Start Date End Date Winner Runnerup Top regular season player
2018 2018-10-01 2019-03-31 Akasaka Drivens EX Furinkazan Takaharu Ooi
2019 2019-09-30 2020-06-23 U-NEXT Pirates SegaSammy Phoenix Yuumi Uotani
2020 2020-10-05 2021-05-18 EX Furinkazan KADOKAWA Sakura Knights Hisato Sasaki
2021 2021-10-04 2022-04-26 KADOKAWA Sakura Knights SegaSammy Phoenix Akina Mizuhara

Top 10 hanchan scores

Rank Player Team Score Date Season (Hanchan)
1 Arisa Date Konami Fight Club 125.5 2021-11-18 2021 (Reg 54)
2 Asakura Koushin U-Next Pirates 122.4 2021-12-02 2021 (Reg 70)
3 Hisato Sasaki Konami Fight Club 118.2 2021-04-22 2020 (SF 14)
4 Yuumi Uotani Sega Sammy Phoenix 114.4 2020-02-2 2019 (Reg 167)
5 Hisato Sasaki Konami Fight Club 114.0 2021-02-18 2020 (Reg 154)
6 Yoshihiro Matsumoto Shibuya Abemas 113.7 2021-04-29 2020 (SF 22)
7 Shingo Hori Kadokawa Sakura Knights 112.9 2021-01-02 2020 (Reg 97)
8 Makoto Sawazaki Kadokawa Sakura Knights 112.1 2019-11-19 2019 (Reg 64)
9 Naoki Setokuma Team Raiden 102.1 2019-11-26 2019 (Reg 72)
10 Hisato Sasaki Konami Fight Club 101.7 2019-01-07 2018 (Reg 97)

Yakuman

A total of sixteen yakuman have been scored throughout the league seasons. The most scored in a season was in the 2019 season with eight. Thirteen individuals have scored at least one, while three have scored two. So far, all the yakuman scored fall under yakuman gosanke: suuankou, daisangen, and kokushi musou.

Yakuman counts (16 total)
Suuankou (tanki) Kokushi Musou Daisangen
10 (incl 2) 2 4

References


External links

Competition rules
M League channel
M.League in Japanese Wikipedia
Blog covering game highlights