The boys out of Manila are doing it! BOOM Esports just eliminated the TI10 champions, Team Spirit from the Gamers Galaxy Invitational.
BOOM Esports had just handed the TI10 champions, Team Spirit an elimination from the Gamers Galaxy Invitational Dubai 2022. With a statement win of 2-0, BOOM Esports marches forward to the Lower Bracket Final where Nigma Galaxy awaits.
While the audience probably expected something a little close, the series was actually a one-sided show with BOOM Esports showcasing a flawless performance. The first game showed absolute dominance and even though Team Spirit attempted to drag it for long, nothing could be done. The second game witnessed a better start for Team Spirit, nevertheless, BOOM shut them down with ease. They snowballed to win the series 2-0.
BOOM Esports did not hesitate to bring their A-game to the table and midlaner, Erin Jasper “Yopaj” Ferrer especially shone throughout the tournament so far. In the series, he accumulated a K/D/A of 23/4/16, showing an outstanding Kunkka and Ember Spirit performance.
Team Spirit, despite playing with a stand-in, had a brilliant run at the event. But today wasn’t sufficient to fight the boys of Manila. They exit the tournament at 4th place, taking home USD $21,803.
The team was just in fact, fresh off defeating a set of high-profile veterans from Team Secret the day before. A Lower Bracket run, trampling world-renowned teams? Sounds familiar. But do we get the same ending is still in question.
From Division II to a statement win against TI10 champions
The boys out of Manila, BOOM Esports came into the tournament with a prominent reputation from Southeast Asia (SEA). They’ve been dominating the SEA DPC, placing 1st for both Regional Leagues and Regional Finals. While this is BOOM’s first huge appearance on the international stage, their presence is widely-known to SEA fans. The lineup is of popular SEA players and this specific roster has only played together for 3 weeks.
BOOM Esports’ lineup:
- Souliya “JaCkky” Khoomphetsavong – Pos 1
- Erin Jasper “Yopaj” Ferrer – Pos 2
- Saieful “Fbz” Ilham – Pos 3
- Timothy John “Tims” Randrup – Pos 4
- Rolen Andrei Gabriel “skem” Ong – Pos 5
- Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung – Coach
BOOM Esports was initially set to play from Division 2 in the SEA DPC, as the team was relegated the previous season. The org picked up a new roster and they were ready to embark on their journey from the lower division. Just before the DPC began, a Div I team was removed due to matchfixing.
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In what seemed like a miraculous event, BOOM Esports was then allowed to retain their previous slot in Div I. A few months later, here they are on stage with the best teams in the world. With how things are going, we might even see them lift the Gamers Galaxy trophy soon.
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BOOM Esports to face TI7 champions, Nigma Galaxy
The Playoffs of Gamers Galaxy Invitational will continue the next day – the most important day of the tournament. We’ll be seeing the Lower Bracket Final between BOOM Esports and veterans, Nigma Galaxy. After that, buckle up for the Grand Final where Tundra Esports awaits.
You can find the full tournament info here.