Bali Major 2023 to Have No Indonesian Dota 2 Players
The upcoming Bali Major, set to take place in Indonesia, the home of passionate Dota 2 fans, is poised to be a momentous event. However, an unexpected turn of events has emerged as it is revealed that not a single Indonesian player will be attending the highly anticipated tournament. Despite the nation's rich Dota 2 talent pool, the teams from Indonesia suffered shocking losses and upsets in the Tour 3 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC), resulting in their unfortunate exclusion from the home ground Major.
Talon Esports and TSM: Disappointing Performances
Throughout the Tour 3 DPC, several teams featuring Indonesian players were vying for a spot at the Bali Major. Notably, Talon Esports with Rafli "Mikoto" Rahman and TSM with Matthew "Whitemon" Filemon had previously secured qualifications for Dota 2 Majors. However, this time around, they faltered, delivering lackluster performances that ultimately led to their exclusion from the local Major.
TSM, despite being a strong contender, faced an unexpected loss against nouns, finishing third in the North American (NA ) DPC. Talon Esports, on the other hand, suffered defeats against formidable opponents Bleed Esports and Execration. The most significant blow came from its loss to BOOM Esports, causing Talon to drop to fourth place in the Southeast Asia (SEA) DPC standings.
BOOM Esports and Army Geniuses: Hometown Missed
BOOM Esports and Army Geniuses, both Indonesian organizations, will also miss out on the Bali Major. These teams consisted predominantly of Indonesian players, including Saieful "Fbz" Ilham, Kenny "Xepher" Deo, Daud "db-" Budiawan, Tri "Jhocam" Kuncoro, Rizki "Varizh" Varizh, and Muhammad "inYourdreaM" Rizky. Unfortunately, their hopes were shattered as they suffered consecutive series losses during the Tour.
The frustration among the Indonesian teams is palpable, with BOOM Esports' CEO, Gary Ongko, expressing his disappointment on Twitter.
As the Bali Major draws near, BOOM Esports and Army Geniuses find themselves clashing in a crucial tiebreaker match to avoid relegation. The stakes are high for both teams as they aim to salvage their pride and secure their positions in the competitive Dota 2 scene.
The absence of Indonesian players at the Bali Major comes as a surprise to many Dota 2 enthusiasts. Indonesia, known for its fervent Dota 2 community, had fostered a wealth of talent, making the absence all the more notable. Nevertheless, the tournament will proceed with 18 confirmed teams from around the world, ready to showcase their skills and compete for glory on Indonesian soil.
As the Dota 2 community eagerly anticipates the Bali Major, it is a bittersweet realization that the homegrown talents of Indonesia will not be able to represent their nation. However, the event promises to be a testament to the international talent and the sheer competitiveness of the Dota 2 scene.