Blacklist International is going to ESL One Kuala Lumpur!

Dorjee Palzang
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Blacklist win ESL One Kuala Lumpur: SEA open qualifiers


Geek Fam dominated game 1 of the BO5 Grand Final, stomping and winning in 25 minutes
But Blacklist International regained their composure and levelled the playing field in second game
Blacklist International continued their onslaught as they dominated with three consecutive wins and won with an eventual score of 3-1, to secure a trip to Kuala Lumpur

In an electrifying conclusion to the ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023: Southeast Asia Closed Qualifiers, Blacklist International emerged as the victors, clinching a coveted spot in ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023. The team's journey through the Open Qualifiers #2 and subsequent triumph in the Closed Qualifiers marks a significant milestone for the team, positioning them as a formidable contender for the lion’s share of the ESL One Kuala Lumpur’s prize pool.

Blacklist International vs Geek Fam: ESL One Kuala Lumpur Closed Qualifier Recap

Game 1: Geek Fam’s Early Domination

Geek Fam came out strong in the first game, showcasing a masterful draft that left Blacklist International grappling for footing. The synergy of Geek Fam’s Razor and Lone Druid, backed by the global support of Nature’s Prophet, allowed them to dominate early game play. With a kill score of 15-1, Geek Fam’s strategy forced Blacklist International to retreat to jungling, ultimately securing a swift victory in just 25 minutes.

Game 2: A Balanced Battle

The second game saw a shift in dynamics, with both teams displaying equal prowess. Blacklist International, adapting their strategy, fielded a lineup geared for aggression, including a carry Bloodseeker and a Wraith King armed with Radiance. The game's turning point was a spectacular skirmish in the top lane, where Blacklist International's strategic play, particularly Kunkka's Aghanim's Scepter upgrade Torrent Storm, paved the way for their comeback victory.

Game 3: The Turning Tide

Blacklist International maintained their aggressive approach, opting for Bristleback in the offlane and Muerta as their carry. The game was a tug-of-war, with Geek Fam mostly on the defensive. The pivotal moment occurred near the 48-minute mark during a clash at the top portal. Utilizing Bristleback’s tankiness, Blacklist International overpowered Geek Fam, marking a critical win.

Game 4: The Decisive Strike

Riding the momentum from Game 3, Blacklist International dominated Game 4. Their choice of Ember Spirit and the lack of a counter for Raven’s Naga Siren by Geek Fam led to a decisive victory for Blacklist International, securing their place in the ESL One Kuala Lumpur.

Here are some highlights of the game

Blacklist International is now the onlySoutheast Asian team to compete at the ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023. The current teams that are confirmed to play at the tournament are:

  • Gaimin Gladiators

  • LGD Gaming 

  • Azure Ray

  • Team Liquid

  • BetBoom Team

  • Invictus Gaming

  • Blacklist International

The tournament is set to kick off on 11th December, and as the last major tournament of the year, it promises to be a thriller

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Dorjee is an avid Dota enthusiast, he has been playing the game since it was just a map in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne back in 2009, he transitioned to Dota 2 in 2014 and can't stop playing ever since!