BOOM Esports Finishes Mediocre Day 2 Dangerously Close to the Bottom of its Group at TI11
It wasn't much better on day two of The International 11 (TI11) group stage for BOOM Esports after a tough start on day one. Having drawn with Gaimin Gladiators in the first series on the second day, BOOM was expected to register its first win of the group stage when it faced BetBoom Team. However, the team was unable to capitalize and was forced to settle for yet another draw. Despite BOOM's positive start, BetBoom's classic Nature's Prophet strategy helped the Eastern European team make a comeback in game two. At the end of day two, BOOM Esports has three wins after 10 games.
BOOM Esports vs Team BetBoom: Match recap and highlights
In Game 1, BetBoom chose Troll Warlord, a hero that has been fairly unsuccessful but is a preferred choice for the team. Both teams initially traded blows, but BOOM's superior efficiency and kills on enemy cores allowed it to gain a 27k advantage in 35 minutes. At this point, it appeared that BOOM had the game in hand, but BetBoom kept it going for as long as it could until succumbing in 54 minutes. Troll Warlord for Daxak did not pan out as well as BetBoom had intended.
In game 2, both sides went for safe choices with Yopaj on Ember, Fbz on Mars, Larl on Leshrac, and Daxak on Nature's Prophet. It was a fun fiesta, with BetBoom pushing the violence early on and BOOM deciding to fight standing up. The networth was quite equal, but a vital teamfight win for BetBoom saw it seize control and never look back. BOOM was continually pursued and eventually lost the game at 42 minutes.
Here are some highlights of the series.
Following its performance throughout the year and its recent win at BTS Pro Series S12, BOOM Esports was expected to be the flagbearer of the Southeast Asia (SEA) region, but so far, it has struggled to live up to expectations. Other SEA teams Fnatic and Talon have also not looked the best in the group stage, and it remains to be seen how the region will fare overall.
In BetBoom's case, it may not be among the hyped contenders in the group stage, but it has also performed below expectations, especially after its victory over Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro in the regional qualifier.
In the remainder of the group stage, it will be interesting to see how the two 'Boom' teams perform.