After 10 full moons, the Black Wolf will finally walk into the arena of The International…
Euphoria accompanied BOOM Esports’ victory over Team Liquid in the 2022 PGL Arlington Major playoffs. By securing a top eight finish at the Arlington Major, BOOM collected DPC points to pass the TI11 qualification threshold with 1130 points. While Fnatic is still the most potential team to follow as a representative of SEA.
This is a “first all-round” moment for the squad nicknamed “The Hungry Beast”. Yup! BOOM became the first SEA team to secure a direct invite to The International 2022 (TI11) and this is the first The International for the “The Hungry Beast” team.
The Black Wolves’ hunger finally paid off. Not only is BOOM Esports chasing and realizing dreams to reach the full moon of the Dota 2 world championship The International 11 which will be held in Singapore in October.
This will be the first TI appearance for four BOOM Esports players – Souliya “JaCkky” Khoomphetsavong, Erin “Yopaj” Ferrer, Saieful “Fbz” Ilham, Rolen “skem” Ong, and will be the fifth TI for Timothy “Tims” Randrup.
BOOM Esports vs Team Liquid: Match recap
BOOM Esports won Game 1 and Game 3 where Team Liquid secured Game 2
Both teams fielded a line-up of safe META heroes and a text book for each player. The game runs without any meaningful action in the first 30 minutes, each more focused on getting important item timings as quickly as possible.
The potential for teamfight finally emerged in the fight for Roshan. BOOM Esports was superior in utilizing BKB, followed by the snowbaling action of the three cores which was full of farming, bringing BOOM to wrap up the first game in 44 minutes.
Liquid puts on a great Dota 2 performance. BOOM with a more aggressive hero composition tries to dominate the area and dominate the lane. This method works, but Liquid cleverly plays the tempo and focuses on the objective of paying off the enemy towers one by one.
BOOM struggles when Liquid’s heroes start to dominate larger areas of the map plus get megacreeps. Tactical and disciplined, Liquid excelled in all departments then closed the second game in the 27th minute.
BOOM Esports, which is a little burdened to win, takes a relatively safe hero choice with Tusk, Death Prophet, Juggernaut, Enchantress and Keeper of the Light. While Team Liquid picks Terrorblade, Tiny, Chen, Visage and Snapfire.
After several decisive battles in the mid-game, BOOM managed to take the lead but Liquid still put up a fight and had a balanced chance. Push in the mid lane since minute 44 finally BOOM managed to penetrate the base Radiant in minute 53. BOOM won 2-1. BOOM Esports Goes to TI!
Meanwhile, for Team Liquid, this defeat closed their chances of going straight to TI. It is a pity that a team with a reputation and some of the best players, did not carry their form from regional leagues to international events. Team Liquid will qualify with teams such as Team Nigma, Team Secret, and Entity in the Western European region to qualify for TI11.
In addition to making sure to appear at TI11, BOOM Esports will still continue their journey in the PGL Arlington Major 2022 playoffs. The next schedule is against Entity vs Evil Geniuses in the lower bracket. Keep the hunger, Beast!