Roster change or full disband? More on the BOOM Esports Dota 2 team update cover image

Roster change or full disband? More on the BOOM Esports Dota 2 team update

The dream team formula failed this time.

The BOOM Esports organization has let go of a Dota 2 roster on Dec. 6. This former roster featured players Jordan "SLATEM$" Vega, Crhistian "Pakazs" Savina, Rafael "Sacred" Yonatan, Farith "Matthew" Puente, and Romel "Mjz" Quinteros.

BOOM Esports Dota 2 team update

As an organization, BOOM Esports did not manage to qualify for The International 12 (TI12). Additionally, it finished in 12th place in their last Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) run in Southeast Asia. This spiced up the announcement of the players leaving BOOM Esports as the players caught the eyes of organizations like The Alliance and Evil Geniuses. The end of this team came as a shock because they didn't play together for that long.

Results and potential reasons why they parted ways

Going into the ESL Kuala Lumpur Closed Qualifiers, BOOM Esports was the favorite team. Most of the other competitors were stacks made after TI with no organization behind them and they were mostly trying out new synergies. The sudden defeat of BOOM Esports in Round 1 against the team of one of the oldest Dota 2 players in Peru, Freddy "Smash" Sina, was a symptom. They later lost to Vivo Keys stars and the fans went wild. Things escalated so quickly that founder and CEO of BOOM Esports, Gary Ongko, had to step in and calm the waters.

Things got really hard to manage when the "Pinnacle 25 Years Anniversary Show" started, which featured European Tier 2 teams and some strong names like Virtus Pro, Team Falcons and, of course, BOOM Esports. Even though these teams had a long run and Team Falcons made it to the Grand Finals, the South American players disappointed their fans and followers one more time, which was the end of them as a team.

Group C standings screenshot (Image via
Group C standings screenshot (Image via

Matthew, the most influential player of the team, said through Instagram Stories that he was going to take a break from competitive Dota 2 and would maybe go back to streaming. He also stated that after six years of competition, he's lacking motivation to keep trying to play on a high level this year. However, he still has a passion for the game and that's why he wants to perhaps try again after three or six months.

Matthew on competitive Dota 2 (Images via matthewdota on Instagram)
Matthew on competitive Dota 2 (Images via matthewdota on Instagram)

What's next for the team?

In a farewell post, many users noticed that Pakazs wasn't included in the picture. As speculations arise regarding Wawitas Sagazes' situation, which is a South American Dota 2 team without an organization playing in the ESL ONE Kuala Lumpur tournament, neither BOOM Esports nor Pakazs have made an announcement about the matter. Pakazs is also silent on what the future holds for him at the moment.

If you want to know how this second phase of the Dota 2 roster shuffle ends, you know where to find us!