BOOM Esports Officially Part Ways With Skem
The roster shuffle season continues to make waves in the Southeast Asia (SEA) region as BOOM Esports has officially parted ways with its support player Andrei "skem" Ong. BOOM Esports is one of the major teams in the region that is currently undergoing heavy roster changes, as it had already bid farewell to both Souliya "JaCkky" Khoomphetsavong & Timothy "Tims" Randrup earlier this week.
Skem joined the organization back in late 2021, after a year’s stint with Neon Esports came to an end. The team then went on to dominate the regional competitive league the following season while also picking up its first LAN championship trophy at the GAMERS GALAXY: Invitational Series Dubai 2022.
Skem officially says goodbye to BOOM Esports
“The very first piece of boys out of Manila is now signing out from BOOM Esports. We're officially parting ways with Andrei "skem" Ong. Good luck with your future endeavors, and thank you for everything you’ve done for BOOM Esports.” BOOM Esports wrote in a tweet that also included a video documenting the player's journey with the organization.
After taking into account the official changes from the team, BOOM Esports' Dota 2 roster currently includes the following players:
Erin "Yopaj" Ferrer
Saieful "Fbz" Ilham
After having been with the organization for over a year, skem leaves the organization after a successful run for the team, which included winning multiple LAN championship titles at GAMERS GALAXY: Invitational Series Dubai & Thailand 2022.
While BOOM Esports managed to dominate the regional LAN events, its form in international competitions gradually diminished as the season progressed. Following the team’s initial success, many within the SEA region were hoping that BOOM would be the flagbearer for its home TI (The International) at The International 2022 (TI11) instead of Fnatic. However, the team ended up with a mediocre 9th-12th finish at TI11.
Following the conclusion of the TI11, , and expressed their interest in exploring new opportunities for the 2022/2023 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season. While the announcement would usually be followed up by the player moving to a new organization, none of the players explicitly announced that they would be leaving BOOM as the players could renew their respective contracts according to BOOM CEO Gary “Natshuba” Ongko.
As of now, skem is currently available in the transfer market. However with the deadline for the roster changes slowly approaching, it is expected skem would soon be picked up by another organization due to his wealthy experience and flexibility in multiple roles as he used to play in the carry position in his early career.