BOOM Esports assembles a wholly South American team which consisting of former Thunder Awaken, beastcoast and Evil Geniuses players.
In a radical turn of events, Indonesian organization BOOM Esports has made a complete overhaul to its Dota 2 squad by assembling a wholly South American team. This roster consists of highly notable South American players including remnants of the disbanded Evil Geniuses.
BOOM Esports signed the following players on November 12, 2023, as per posts on their official social media:
- Crhistian "Pakazs" Savina
- Jordan "SLATEM$" Vega
- Rafael "Sacred" Yonatan
- Farith "Matthew" Puente
- Romel "Mjz" Quinteros Rojas
- Igor "kaffs" Furtado (Coach)
This was revealed just one day after the organization bid farewell to its longest-standing member, Saieful "Fbz" Ilham.
BOOM Esports seizes an opportunity in South America
After Evil Geniuses let go of its Dota 2 roster due to a number of internal struggles, BOOM Esports has seized the opportunity to sweep up some of its players, recruiting Pakazs, Matthew and kaffs. To complete its roster, BOOM Esports enlisted SLATEM$ and Mjz from Thunder Awaken as well as Sacred from beastcoast.
Thunder Awaken and beastcoast were the teams mainly responsible in putting South American Dota on the map through the 2021-2022 seasons. Evil Geniuses came into the fray later to form the trifecta of South American Dota in 2023 along with two former teams. Unfortunately, The International 2023 (TI12) had proven that the region still has a long way to go. Despite having four teams from the region, two were eliminated in the group stage, and the remaining two were eliminated in the first round of the lower bracket.
BOOM Esports looks toward ESL One Kuala Lumpur
BOOM Esports' first order of business is to fight for a spot at the upcoming ESL One Kuala Lumpur. According to owner and chief executive officer, Gary "Ongko" Natshuba, BOOM Esports will participate at the closed qualifiers, likely the SA qualifiers, as he stated that the team will be "playing out of South America." Meanwhile, the format 2024 season of competitive Dota remains unclear.