BOOM Esports and NoPing e-sports put aside their grief that they missed out on a spot at TI10 as they took first place in BTS Pro Series Season 8.
What’s the best remedy for a team that just missed the mark to qualify for the TI10? Win a tournament and declare that you are ready for the next season! This is exactly what BOOM Esports and NoPing e-sports did by winning the first prize of BTS Pro Series Season 8 in Southeast Asia and America respectively. BOOM Esports wins a prize of $ 24,000 while NoPing e-sports claims $ 16,000 (the prize pools were $ 60,000 for the SEA and $ 40,000 for the Americas).
The BOOM Esports vs. Team SMG series went the distance. BOOM sent SMG down to the lower group with a 2-1 win over them in the upper group final, but SMG came back for a change to revenge and the title. Boom took a 2-0 lead, but SMG came back to tie it 2-2. With the momentum in favor of SMG, the difficult task fell on BOOM Esports to forget about Game 3 and Game 4, which is exactly what they did with a comfortable victory in Game 5.
BOOM Esports backing Tims, who was one game away from reaching TI10 with TNC Predator and lost 2-3 to Fnatic after a reverse sweep, made sure that didn’t happen again with him.
Dota 2 patch 7.30d dropped just a day before the grand finale, and while the patch didn’t have a major effect on the draft, what was slightly surprising was the fact that Weaver and Monkey King have been chosen several times as supports. It will be interesting to see if this is something that is also seen a lot at TI10.
For NoPing e-sports, the road was much easier. They sent Infamous in the lower brackets 2-0. When Infamous came back to challenge them in the grand final, they suffered the same fate, as NoPing made short work of them with a 3-0 victory. Throughout the tournament, NoPing didn’t lose a single series in the group stage or playoffs, and was a cut above the rest.
The victories are a respite for BOOM and NoPing. BOOM Esports finished third in the TI10 SEA qualifying, losing 2-1 to TNC Predator. For NoPing e-sports, it’s a much sadder story. The team were set to land a direct invitation to TI10 at WePlay Kyiv AniMajor and were just a few right clicks away from the throne securing it against Quincy Crew. But they lost the match and the next lower bracket streak to be eliminated before getting DPC points. In the TI10 SA qualifying, NoPing was the favorite, but gave in under pressure, finishing fourth.
Both teams changed their roster after the TI10 qualifiers. BOOM Esports has grown from an all-Indonesian roster to four Filipino players, with Erin Jasper “Yopaj” Ferrer, Timothy “Tims” Randrup and Rolen Andrei “skem” Gabriel Ong on the new permanent roster. For NoPing Esports, William “hFn” Medeiros was replaced by Christian “Angel” Savina after their TI10 qualifying debacle. It looks like the changes to both rosters have paid off, and even though BTS Pro Series Season 8 didn’t include any of the teams traveling to TI10, it’s an achievement and a good boost in confidence to receive the applause. of the last tournament before TI10. As the new season approaches, these two teams will be one to watch in their regional DPC leagues.