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BOOM Esports CEO Provides an Update on Roster Changes [Dota2]

Hazel Wyatt

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It was an extremely disappointing season for BOOM Esports in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Southeast Asia (SEA) 2023 Tour 1: Division I since it got relegated to Division II. Despite achieving single victories at times, the new roster was unable to overcome the very competitive nature of the region and win many series. Due to this, there have been speculations about team changes, but the organization’s CEO Gary "natshuba" Ongko has cleared up the confusion through a tweet. Natshuba stated that BOOM would not be "kicking" any players from the team, so the community should not be too concerned about the team's roster.


BOOM Esports will not kick any player after relegation to Division II


While BOOM’s journey in the DPC SEA 2023 Tour 1: Division 1 only recently came to a close, discussions about the future of the roster have already begun on social media. However, the organization’s CEO, apparently dissatisfied, with possibly a lot of messages flowing in, has already ruled out the idea of removing players from the roster.


Before the start of the DPC 2023, BOOM saw the departure of Souliya "JaCkky" Khoomphetsavong, Rolen "skem" Ong, and Timothy "TIMS" Randrup, and added Yap "xNova" Jian Wei, John "Natsumi-" Vargas, and Kenny "Xepher" Deo to the roster.


The team had retained its star reputation with these players on board and xNova's addition appeared to be the cherry on top given his vast experience and success in China.


For the team, however, things didn't start well and only got worse from there. While BOOM managed some fightbacks, they were unable to win series, losing four in a row before registering the first victory against Fnatic, another team with many prominent names but struggling to make a mark.


In the end, BOOM was unable to sustain the momentum and only managed one more win before getting relegated to Division II with Fnatic.


While the management has opted not to remove any players from the squad, it remains to be seen if the decision holds firm given the length of time before the squad returns to action. The next season's Division II where BOOM will be participating most likely begins in more than two months' time.


During this period, BOOM will most likely be seen in third-party offline/online events, after which it will learn more about the team makeup, and it is also possible that players can leave the roster on their own in pursuit of other teams.

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