Yatoro Feels That BOOM Esports Players Are “Mediocre”
Following its success at the regional level, BOOM Esports made waves on the global Dota 2 pro scene by winning the only international Dota 2 LAN event in 2022 - the Gamers Galaxy Dubai 2022 by defeating the best teams in the world such as Tundra Esports and Team Spirit. These results indicate that BOOM will be a team to watch at the upcoming ESL One Stockholm Major 2022. However, Team Spirit's The International 10 (TI10) winning champion Illya "Yatoro" Mulyarchuk feels otherwise. Yatoro, who will also be competing at the Major, commented on Andrii "ALWAYSWANNAFLY" Bondarenko’s livestream that BOOM Esports' players are “mediocre” and there will be a lot of attention paid to their regional counterparts - T1 and Fnatic.
Yatoro does not feel BOOM Esports will be an interesting team at the Stockholm Major 2022
While Yatoro is not too excited about facing other teams without Chinese competition at the Stockholm Major, he did name T1 and Fnatic from Southeast Asia (SEA) as interesting teams on ALWAYSWANNAFLY's recent Twitch livestream. At the same time, he also shared his thoughts on BOOM Esports, the most successful SEA team over the last six months, stating that their players weren't great.
“I guess the most exciting games will be against Fnatic and T1. BOOM? Who are they? They don't seem like great players to me. I feel they are mediocre,” claimed Yatoro.
Aside from that, Yatoro also shared his impression of how OG and Tundra Esports may fare at the Major. “I'm curious how will OG perform on a proper LAN with an audience. It seems like there will be a crowd…I think Tundra will perform pretty well, they have a strong roster,” Yatoro said.
Yatoro talked about how the competition without Chinese teams will still be boring, but also shared his views about BetBoom Team which swept through Eastern Europe (EEU) during the Tour 2 playoffs that concluded yesterday.
“Chinese absence at the Major is very disappointing. I don’t even know other attending teams. I think that without China it will be quite boring. But we'll see what happens. Maybe BetBoom are just geniuses who are f***ing good at Dota. And they outplayed us because they are really tough and they will f*** everyone else at the Major? Who knows.”
As the top seeded team from EEU in Tour 2 heading into the Stockholm Major, BetBoom Team defeated Team Spirit in the Tour 2 playoffs before overcoming NAVI and Mind Games.
Although the Chinese teams won't be competing, there will still be 14 of the best teams from the other five regions at the Stockholm Major, which takes place in a LAN setting as well. As many new faces will be represented at the event such as BetBoom, Mind Games, OG, and BOOM Esports, it will be interesting to see how they perform and if they can come out on top. $500K USD will be the prize pool and 3,530 DPC points will be up for grabs. The event begins on 12th May and runs until 22nd May.