Boom Esports defeated Fnatic 2-1 to earn its first victory in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Southeast Asia (SEA) 2023 Tour 1: Division I in a match that had significant consequences for elimination. After the team’s victory, Epulze spoke with BOOM’s position five players, Yap “xNova” Jian Wei, who talked about the challenges the team is experiencing after having won just one of its previous five series. Making decisions is a major concern for xNova, who claims that there are problems with BOOM’s general gameplay. Additionally, he talked about his decision to play in the Southeast Asian region again after spending years doing so in China and how difficult it has been for him to adjust to the new environment. BOOM Esports’ Challenges and XNova’s Return to SEA are discussed
After defeating Fnatic, BOOM’s players may have exhaled a sigh of relief, but four losing series in the previous few days had left much to be desired. In addition to explaining his personal gameplay as a factor in why things are not coming together, xNova said that the synergy is still being developed in the team and is now unstable.
For us, it’s gameplay in general. Everyone needs to be on the same page, but some decisions have been made that are not the best. That’s it… I feel that my laning game should be improved. Laning is good in my opinion, however, the gameplay as a whole and the map moves are not.
With the new lineup that features xNova, John “Natsumi-” Vargas, and Kenny “Xepher” Deo, BOOM is seeing a change of fortunes after being the best team in SEA the previous season. The team’s defeats to Talon Esports, Bleed Esports, Execration, and Geek Slate have left it in a highly precarious situation with regard to Division 2 relegation. The difficulty of going back to the SEA was also discussed by xNova, who last competed in the area with Warriors Gaming Unity in 2017 and has since represented Chinese teams.
“It’s kind of strange for me to play in SEA. The last time I played it was in Warriors Gaming so many years ago and since everyone is new to me, it’s a really enjoyable and novel experience. There are definitely differences in strategy and gameplay, which is why we have had trouble this season. We are all essentially on the same page and have similar ideals in China, but for the time being, we are still working on it.
The squad had one of the strongest lineups on paper during the shuffle season thanks to the pedigree that BOOM’s players bring to the table, but the team’s first few games have demonstrated that there is still much work to be done. The shorter period between series as a result of the DPC 2023’s changed format seems to be working against BOOM.
The squad will be keen to win both of its remaining games to keep its place in Division I so that it can devote some time to establishing synergy and return stronger the next season. There are only two more series to play. As part of its upcoming season’s next series, BOOM will take on Team SMG on January 23, 2023.