BOOM Esports Are Your Gamers Galaxy: Dota 2 Invitational Series Dubai 2022 Champions
Entering the Gamers Galaxy: Dota 2 Invitational Series Dubai 2022 with the aim to "learn" its way to The International 11 (TI11) that takes place later this year, BOOM Esports has beaten some of the best teams from around the world to become the champions. After playing nearly eight hours of intense Dota 2 on the final day, BOOM Esports won the lower bracket final against Nigma Galaxy 2-1 and the grand final against Tundra Esports 3-2. It was a five-game grand final that had great drafts and show-stopping execution from both teams, but BOOM Esports pulled through in the crucial moments. It had an exceptional run in the lower bracket as it defeated Team Secret, Team Spirit, Nigma Galaxy, and finally Tundra Esports.
This was the biggest tournament win yet for the majority of BOOM Esports' players, but it was fascinating to see how composed and dedicated they were when asked about the win in the post-final winner's interview, saying it was just a part of the learning process for future tournaments and TI11.
Tundra Esports vs BOOM Esports: Match Recap and Highlights
Game 1 saw Tundra Esports pick strong laning heroes, which propelled it to an early lead. In the midlane particularly, Nine's Legion Commander completely destroyed Yopaj's Ember Spirit, killing him three times in nine minutes. BOOM managed only eight kills throughout the entire game while Tundra had the game in hand the whole time and won in 32 minutes.
In game 2, BOOM picked a lineup with tremendous teamfight potential while Tundra stuck to consistent aggression throughout. BOOM had a stronger early game performance, outplaying the opponents to establish an early lead. JaCkky and skem made a great team in the safelane in particular to give the former a great start on Faceless Void. With BOOM's teamfight potential, the rest of the game went smoothly for the team, and it comfortably won in 35 minutes.
In game 3, Tundra won the draft with an intelligent choice in Timbersaw for Nine in the midlane. Nine forced Yopaj's Kunkka out of the lane and then found kills and objectives to give his team a lead and make room for the other cores. In a similar manner to the first game, BOOM's map shrank and it managed only eight kills and eventually lost in 34 minutes.
Game 4 saw Tundra draft 33 his signature Broodmother and he did really well in the lane despite BOOM’s attempt to counter him with Bristleback and Keepers of the Light. There were only three kills in the first 10 minutes, but it seemed that Tundra was going to overwhelm BOOM with its tri core of Broodmother, Mars, and Chaos Knight. But Tundra got casual just for a little bit which BOOM capitalized massively on to find pickoffs and then snowball out of control from there. Yopaj’s Templar Assassin was on a roll as BOOM won in 28 minutes.
In game 5, BOOM chose Templar Assassin in the midlane and Razor in the safelane - a core duo that was extremely prevalent in the previous patch. On the other hand, Nine again played an unconventional hero in the midlane as Tundra picked Jakiro for him. Despite both teams continuously making strong moves every time it appeared that the other team was gathering momentum, BOOM's lineup around the first Roshan was powerful, enabling it to control a large part of the map by the 30 minute mark. Tundra kept itself afloat by finding timely pickoffs with great spellcasting, but Fbz and Yopaj proved a little too strong as they led BOOM Esports to a win in 47 minutes.
Here are the highlights of the series.
BOOM Esports is simply unstoppable and winning everything it competes in. Prior to the start of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2021-22 season, the team already had won tournaments on the trot and then went on to win the Tour 1 league, the Regional Finals, and now the Gamers Galaxy 2022.
BOOM Esports has maintained an aggressive style, stayed agile throughout, and displayed an in-depth understanding of what they need to do in different situations. Even though all five players contributed well throughout the event, the performance of Erin Jasper "Yopaj" Ferrer for the team stood out. It is necessary to mention that coach Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung has been an excellent drafter for the team, providing the players with the right heroes and excellent strategies.
On the other hand, Tundra Esports, which was unbeaten in the playoffs until the grand finals, should be recognized for its performance throughout the event. There were concerns with the removal of former captain Adrian "Fata" Trinks a few days before this tournament, which was done to make way for Martin "Saksa" Sazdov, but Tundra Esports looked very well-organized in drafting and gameplay.
The two teams will now look to take some time off and then hope to continue their winning ways in the DPC Tour 2 regional leagues that begin around one week from now.