BOOM Esports are back-to-back champions of BTS Pro Series Season 9: Southeast Asia. The team went undefeated in their playoff run, finishing the tournament with an impressive 7-0 score in the upper bracket.

Competing with their head coach Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung as a stand-in, BOOM Esports swept Polaris Esports in the grand final of the tournament to take home US$24,000.

BOOM Esports versus Polaris Esports featured the longest game of the playoffs

BOOM Esports takes on Polaris Esports in game 2
Credit: BOOM Esports

The two teams had more or less an even laning stage in the first game, though it’s worth pointing out that BOOM Esports did manage to secure a small lead as they had better matchups.

Saieful “Fbz” Ilham’s Timbersaw was able to shut down John Anthony “Natsumi-” Vargas’s Naga Siren thanks to Timbersaw’s large AoE damage early on. This allowed him to snowball the game and make space around the map.

Erin Jasper “Yopaj” Ferrer was another standout during game one. He dominated midlane on Lina, and transitioned beautifully into a DPS build with Silver Edge and Black King Bar.

As a result, BOOM Esports convincingly closed out game one in just 27 minutes.

Game two was a different beast entirely. It turned into a back and forth affair, with both teams trading advantages.

BOOM Esports capitalized on their global lineup with Mushi’s map-wide presence on Spectre, along with the massive control provided by Rolen Andrei Gabriel “skem” Ong’s Clockwork, FBZ’s Pangolier, and Yopaj’s Snapfire.

Mc Nicholson “Lelouch” Villanueva’s Batrider and Nikko “Force” Bilocura’s Mars suffered under that global pressure, for both got picked off on opposite sides of the map.

Polaris Esports adjusted their team strategy to focus on Mushi’s Spectre and managed to claim the Aegis.

In the late game, when both teams walked into the Radiant Triangle, they engaged in an 80-second long team fight that featured five buybacks, a triple kill by Natsumi, and an ultra kill by Mushi.

BOOM Esports won the battle thanks to their strategic use of buybacks, and proceeded to win the game in 62 minutes.

After the best and longest game of the tournament, game three of the series had a lot to live up to.

At the 22-minute mark, Mushi was able to force out a solo Reverse Polarity from Force and proceeded to use Static link on Lelouch’s Monkey King, nullifying two of Polaris Esports’ cores, and won a big fight for his team.

From then on, it was smooth sailing as BOOM Esports controlled the game right up until they took down the enemy throne at 37 minutes to take home the champion’s crown.

BOOM Esports wins the BTS Pro Series Season 9
Credit: Beyond The Summit

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