Yopaj’s Unstoppable Ember Spirit Helps BOOM Esports Clinch BTS Pro Series S8 Title
BOOM Esports’ reformed roster is already yielding dividends, as it has helped the organization win its first Dota 2 tournament in 19 months. After a very competitive grand final in the BTS Pro Series Season 8: Southeast Asia (SEA) against Team SMG, BOOM Esports emerged victorious 3-2 to become the champions. The performances by all of BOOM Esports' players were fantastic, but Erin Jasper "Yopaj" Ferrer's Ember Spirit performances in games one and five were standouts. In these two games, he boasted a combined KDA of 37-2-23. On the other hand, the grand final loss means that Yeik "MidOne" Nai Zheng has yet to achieve his first tournament win with Team SMG.
BOOM Esports vs Team SMG: Match recap, highlights, and ctm interview
Game 1 saw Yopaj steal the show on his mid Ember Spirit. The game was characterized by endless fighting between the two teams, and only Yopaj managed to prevail with a 27-2-10 KDA. After entering Team SMG's backlines, he killed all the support heroes, helping BOOM Esports win the game in 38 minutes.
Another brutal battle ensued in game 2, as both teams engaged in a lot of teamfights. During the skirmishes, BOOM Esports was able to come through in positive numbers as the game progressed. The supports of Team SMG were able to contribute to their team minimally while their counterparts were able to make a huge impact. BOOM Esports gradually built a lead and won in 55 minutes.
Game 3 was much closer, with the networth lead fluctuating between the teams. MidOne showed exceptional play on Monkey King, looking solid and committing very few mistakes. Also, Ah Fu's Shadow Demon performance was commendable as he made some clutch saves. While Team SMG was leading in the mid game, they had difficulty penetrating the high ground of the enemy. Eventually, Team SMG broke the resistance of the enemy and won in 49 minutes.
In game 4, the networth indicated that the contest was competitive for the first 30 minutes, but Team SMG seemed to dominate the map. Despite already being great so far in the series, Moon went even higher on his mid Void Spirit in this game and outperformed the enemies. One Roshan fight was all it took for Team SMG to take a massive lead and win in 34 minutes.
In game 5, BOOM Esports outplayed the opponents across the board. BOOM picked up the pace and trampled over the enemies after an equal laning phase. Both Fbz and Yopaj did an outstanding job with their spellcasting, helping the team win with a favorable scoreline of 32-4 in just 30 minutes.
Here are some highlights of the series.
Interview: BOOM ctm talks about the fifth member of BOOM Esports’ Dota 2 roster
Currently, BOOM Esports' roster includes Yopaj, Rolen Andrei Gabriel "skem" Ong (also known as "ctm"), Timothy John "Tims" Randrup, and finally Saieful "Fbz" Ilham - who was the only person retained from the previous roster of BOOM Esports. Jinn Marrey "Palos" Lamatao, the team's fifth member, has been acting as a stand-in.
Skem was asked in the post-match winner's interview if this BOOM Esports roster would remain the same in the future, and he responded, “I think this is our roster already but not 100% confirm.”
Skem also said that although they had high expectations for their reformed roster, they did not expect to win their first tournament.