BOOM Esports Prevails Over T1 in Crucial SEA DPC Series
BOOM Esports maintained its winning streak in the Southeast Asia (SEA) Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2021-22 Tour 2: Division 1 by taking down T1 by a score of 2-1. As the two most popular sides in the region stepped up their game during the series, both teams displayed great gameplay, however, BOOM Esports emerged victorious in the second and third games to secure their fourth consecutive series win. As a result of T1's outdraft in the first game, it won with ease, and while it played excellently in the next two games, it could not match BOOM's outstanding teamfight skills. In terms of the remaining two slots for the Stockholm Major 2022, both teams remain strong contenders despite this series outcome.
T1 vs BOOM Esports: Match Recap and Highlights
In game 1, as BOOM saw T1’s first four heroes - Mars, Hoodwink, Pugna, and Medusa - it was tempted to go with Anti Mage as its last pick, however, T1 responded superbly with Huskar as its own last pick. T1 was thus able to dictate the pace of the game, since BOOM’s draft, which had a mid Templar Assassin, and a carry Anti Mage was rather passive. As T1 continued to play methodically, its draft grew so powerful at the 36 minute mark that it won one teamfight and directly attacked the tier 4 towers to force the ‘GG’ call from BOOM.
Game 2 saw both teams go for stable, in-meta drafts. T1 played the laning stage a bit better with support rotations that saw its cores rank higher in the networth chart than their counterparts. BOOM, however, did not let this small lead escalate into something substantial, and Yopaj, on his signature Ember Spirit, helped turn the tide, in a teamfight around the 28 minute mark. Through immaculate target prioritization following the teamfight, BOOM outperformed its opponents, increasing its lead and securing victory in 44 minutes.
In game 3, BOOM went for three strength cores: Chaos Knight carry, Dragon Knight mid, and Timbersaw offlane. They had a great laning phase and cruised to an almost 5k lead around 14 minutes. By the time the game reached 30 minutes, T1 had a sizable lead before BOOM struck back with top teamfight skills. Gabbi’s Templar Assassin dealt a lot of damage but BOOM kited her to perfection, eventually securing the win in 52 minutes.
Here are some highlights of the series.
BOOM has now won four series in a row after an unfortunate series of events in the first series of the Tour resulted in a technical defeat. The team has not been as dominant as many anticipated considering its win at the Gamers Galaxy 2022, but it has made sure to triumph when it really counts to win the series.
It seemed that T1 was grasping BOOM's tactics inside the game today, but it got outplayed during the crucial teamfights. Four wins and two losses are T1’s results after six series, and the team will need to win one more to guarantee a place at the Major. Even if it loses the final series, it goes to the Major or has to play the tiebreakers.
BOOM next takes on Fnatic on 16th April while T1 faces Fnatic on 20th April.