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BOOM’s offseason domination continues as they win Mineski Masters

09:34 PM November 29, 2021

Who can put a stop to BOOM’s hunger to win?

BOOM Esports’ offseason domination continued with a first-place finish at the Mineski Masters. They were a cut above the rest during the competition and capped it all off by defeating Motivate.Trust Gaming 3-2 in the best-of-5 grand finals yesterday, November 28, 2021.

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With the series 2-0 in favor of Motivate.Trust Gaming, the hungry beasts of BOOM managed to reverse sweep the series and emerge victorious to take home the ₱400,000 grand prize.

The Mineski Masters was the side’s first tournament since the addition of Justine Ryan Evangelista “Tino” Grimaldo to their Dota 2 roster.

BOOM’s move to pick up Tino was initially met with some skepticism, as there were other prominent free agents at the time such as Jinn Marrey “Palos” Lamatao, who was a stand-in for their run at the BTS Pro Series S8: Southeast Asia, and Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte, who is now with Talon Esports. Tino brushed off the skeptics and set his sights on figuring out how to effectively play for his new team.

“Keep doubting, I guess? I mean, there will always be bashers or doubters whether I play bad or good. I want to spend more time learning the game and our playstyle. There are numerous ways to play/carry a game, I play for my team not just for myself, and if people can’t understand [that] then… salamat nalang sa lahat (thanks for everything),” Tino declared.

With their win at Mineski Masters, BOOM capped an offseason tournament hattrick following wins at the BTS Pro Series Seasons 8 and 9 respectively. Isaac “LANE” Alfon, BOOM’s Dota 2 manager, certainly hopes that they continue this momentum in the upcoming DPC season.

“Sure we can [carry this momentum at DPC]. But we think that the DPC is still on a whole other level. We have to be prepared for every scenario. It’s important to not be complacent and also not let the pressure get into our heads, and fortunately, the players are neither. They just play accordingly and are focused on the matter at hand,” LANE stated.

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Considering BOOM assumed a Division I slot in the SEA DPC, LANE revealed that they’re looking forward to beating everyone.

“[We want to beat] everyone. In the DPC Regional system, every game, every point is important for any team. Only three gets qualified and we don’t wanna risk it by having tiebreakers or whatnot. So yes, everyone.”

The DPC SEA 2021/22 Tour 1: Division I will run from December 1, 2021 – January 22, 2022. BOOM Esports will be competing in the said division along with T1, TNC Predator, Execration, Fnatic, OB.Neon, Motivate.Trust Gaming, and Team SMG.

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