SEA hopes extinguished: Boom Esports out of Dota 2 Arlington Major

Kennedy Caacbay, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 13 2022 07:33 AM

Boom Esports, the last Southeast Asian Dota 2 team in the PGL Arlington Major, is now eliminated from the tilt after dropping their lower bracket series against Entity, 2-1, on Saturday morning (Manila time).

Entity banked on anti-tank heroes—Venomancer, and their prized last pick Necrophos—to counter Boom's three strength heroes in the clincher.

While the game was ongoing, even caster Austin "Cap" Walsh questioned how would Boom's Bristleback play against its heavy counter heroes.

Jonáš "SabeRLight-" Volek's 13-3-9 performance on the Necrophos and Vladislav "Kataomi`" Semenov's clean 7-0-17 kill-death-assist stats on his support Sven paved the way for Entity to advance in the lower bracket.

Boom had a better performance in Game 2 with a 26-7 kill lead over their nemesis. Unfortunately, they cannot bring their momentum in the last game to take home the series.

Despite getting kicked from the tournament, Boom Esports is still going to Dota 2's world championships later this year after winning their series versus Europe's Team Liquid, which gave them enough Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) points to qualify.

The 11th iteration of The International (TI11), Dota 2's biggest annual competition with teams across the globe fighting for dominance, will take place in Singapore in October later this year.

In a tweet, the team thanked its supporters and says they will now focus on The International.

Boom is the home of 3 Pinoy esports stars Erin Jasper "Yopaj" Ferrer, Timothy "Tims" Randrup, and Rolen Andrei Gabriel "skem" Ong.

Tims remained hopeful, saying the Major was a "Good experience for the team towards TI11!"


North American squad Evil Geniuses, the team of another Pinoy star Abed Yusop, has also qualified for The International.

This development ensures that 4 Filipino players will attend the hugely-sought tournament. 

Last year's TI had $40,018,195 prize pool, with the winners taking home at least 45.5% share of the total.



Souliya "JaCkky" Khoomphetsavong
Erin Jasper "Yopaj" Ferrer
Saieful "Fbz" Ilham
Timothy "Tims" Randrup
Rolen Andrei Gabriel "skem" Ong


Jonáš "SabeRLight-" Volek
Daniel "Stormstormer" Schoetzau
Tobias "Tobi" Buchner
Vladislav "Kataomi`" Semenov
Dzmitry "Fishman" Palishchuk