Blacklist International Continues Undefeated Streak Against Talon Esports In SEA DPC


Blacklist International Continues Undefeated Streak Against Talon Esports In SEA DPC

Ammar Aryani
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Southeast Asia (SEA) continues to provide entertainment as the region kickstarts Week 2 of the SEA DPC.
The second SEA DPC match of the day saw Talon Esports going up against newly established side Blacklist International, with both teams looking to solidify their position in the league.
However, Blacklist International ended up reverse sweeping Talon Esports with a 2-1 victory.

Blacklist International continues its undefeated streak in the latest iteration of the Southeast Asia Dota Pro Circuit (SEA DPC) season following another victory against upstarts Talon Esports. The team currently occupies the top spot in Division 1 of the league and remains undefeated in the league. It looks to be on course to qualify for the upcoming Lima Major in Peru.

During the off-season, Blacklist International acquired RSG’s slot in the DPC as it assembled its first Dota 2 roster filled with notable superstar players such as Marc "Raven" Fausto & Timothy "TIMS" Randrup.

Blacklist International vs Talon Esports: Match recap and highlights


Following Week One of the SEA DPC, Blacklist International are currently joint second place in the league alongside Bleed Esports and Geek Slate with two wins.

On the other side, Talon Esports are currently 5th in the standings following a win against BOOM Esports and a loss against Execration. However, a win against Blacklist International could put the organization into contention for a spot at the Lima Major.

Game One

The early game was fairly quiet, however Blacklist International were on the offensive in the early game as the duo of Marc "Raven" Fausto’s Lina and Carlo "Kuku" Palad’s Broodmother led the charge by constantly picking off Talon Esports’ heroes one by one.

However as the game progressed, Talon Esports managed to turn things around with a successful teamfight near the Roshan pit. While Blacklist International did attempt to delay the game long enough for its core heroes to hit their item timings, Nuengnara "23savage" Teeramahanon’s Spectre went on a killing spree by perfectly utilizing his Haunt ability.

Game One ended after 41 minutes, with Talon Esports claiming first blood in the best of three series.

Game Two

Looking to even out the series, Blacklist International went all in on an aggressive draft by choosing the trio of Lifestealer, Ember Spirit & Broodmother while Talon Esports placed their faith once again on 23savage’s Spectre following his Game One performance.

However, things didn't go as planned for Talon Esports as Blacklist International aggressively dominated the map with the mobility of Raven’s Lifestealer and Karl "Karl" Baldovino’s Ember Spirit. 

Talon Esports were forced to play defensively for the rest of the game as the team only claimed one tower throughout the game while Blacklist International delivered the killing blow after 37 minutes as the series now comes down to a best of one.

Game Three

With the series now tied, both teams were looking to get the win over the other as a victory could put them in contention for a Major slot. Talon Esports went for a whole different draft, as it picked up Doom for 23savage and Pangolier for Rafli "Mikoto" Rahman while Blacklist International returned to the Lina as Raven’s hero.

While the early game was even between both teams as they traded kills and objectives, the mid-game saw Blacklist International slowly gaining the upper hand with amazing performances coming from Timothy "TIMS" Randrup’s Clockwerk as well as Karl’s Primal Beast and Raven’s Lina.

Going into the late game Talon Esports managed to turn things around as Blacklist International were unable to close the game past the 60 minute mark. However, a decisive teamfight at the Roshan pit saw Blacklist International delivering the killing blow after 1 hour and 7 minutes.

Following the match, Blacklist International are currently on top of the standings in Division I of the regional league. However, with the team already having three wins against the likes of Fnatic, Talon and Bleed Esports many within the community are already picking the organization as a clear contender for the Major slot. Their next opponents will be Execration on 20th January, who are also currently undefeated in the regional league.

As for Talon Esports, the team will have to avoid more defeats if it wishes to remain in contention for the Major slot by the end of the Winter Tour.

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Ammar has been actively engaged in the esports industry in Malaysia in multiple roles in the past. Now, he utilizes his esports expertise to create insightful and meaningful content as the de facto Dota 2 writer at AFK Gaming.

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