After a hefty first week of the DPC SEA 2021/2022 Tour 3 Division I, week 2 rolls out with an interesting set of matches. The opening matches of week 2 sees NGX.SEA skirmish with Talon Esports in what would be a very lengthy game that ended with Talon Esports snatching home the victory. Meanwhile, Team SMG easily secured a 2-0 win against Polaris. The next day, T1 were able to shut down NGX.SEA, which sees NGX.SEA lose consecutively in the second week. With all the teams battling it all out, a one day break was given to prepare for June 18, which would be the last matchday of the second week. Coming into it, two set of matches are to be served – with BOOM Esports facing Talon Esports and Fnatic facing Resurgence.
BOOM Esports vs Talon Esports as the opening match is going to be an explosive one. Talon Esports climbed up the ranks after starting from Division II. Coming into Division I, they were able to show their strength, so far winning all three of their matches. Their rapid playstyle and good resource allocation through their carries, Mikoto and 23savage, were able to give them ideal winning conditions – bringing home the victories. Meanwhile, BOOM Esports have so far only played one game, with their victory against Team SMG. Stomping the first game and slipping away the second one, they were able to mount an insane comeback that sealed them a much needed opening win. Still with the classic BOOM Esports style, they can create early leads and advantages snowballing into late game insurances and domination.
BOOM Esports vs Talon Esports is not going to be just another regular DPC match. This match is dubbed to be a trip down memory lane, which will see FBZ have a little reunion with his old teammates, Mikoto and Hyde. The duo used to wear the BOOM Esports jersey, playing with the Hungry Beasts, notably being the squad that were tasked for The International 2021: SEA Qualifiers. Mikoto himself joined BOOM Esports back in 2018 while Hyde followed suit in 2019. They were 2 of the 5 that made the full Indonesian Dota squad playing under the banner of BOOM Esports. While with BOOM Esports, the pair grabbed a few achievements – winning the ESL Indonesia Championship Season 1 2019 and ESL SEA Championship 2020. Other ones include placing second at the ESL One Birmingham 2020 – Online SEA and BTS Pro Series Season 2: SEA. After being with the organization for almost 2 years, Mikoto and Hyde left the team after BOOM Esports CEO, Natshuba, announced a full rebuild of the squad – only keeping FBZ as the team’s Indonesian core.
Mikoto is known for being a skilled midlaner with a huge hero pool and impressive mechanics. He has been pivotal to the success of Talon Esports, being one of the best midlaners playing at Division II. Since then, he has been able to push through promotion for Talon Esports, granting them a spot at Division I. Meanwhile, Hyde, services the carries and makes plays as their support. Playing mainly as a position 4 with huge map movements and control, his synergy with Mikoto is one of the strongest parts that gave Talon their huge success. This dynamic duo will soon dance with BOOM Esports, testing how far they can tame the beasts.
Meanwhile, ever since Mikoto and Hyde left alongside the rebuild initiated, BOOM Esports has found huge success – winning the DPC as well as their first international event, Gamers Galaxy: Invitational Dubai 2022. The current BOOM Esports roster consists of mostly Filipino players, with the other 2 being a Laoatian in Jackky and an Indonesian in FBZ. FBZ himself was the only Indonesian that stayed with the roster. Ever since the iteration of a multi nationality roster, BOOM Esports were able to be a strong force at the SEA Dota scene, and their strength will further be tested. This match against Talon will be more than just another DPC match, as pride is also up for grabs. Will Mikoto and Hyde be able to cut a scar at the beasts that they used to be with, or will BOOM Esports once again prove why they are one of the strongest teams at SEA? Catch the action on June 18th.