BOOM Esports joined Paper Rex and XERXIA Esports as the third APAC representative for the VALORANT Champions 2022 after they defeated ONIC G 3-1 at the VALORANT Champions Tour 2022 Asia-Pacific: Last Chance Qualifier (VCT APAC LCQ) Grand Finals.
Defeating Their Indonesian Rivals
For Indonesian fans, it was a bittersweet moment when both BOOM and ONIC’s fate to battle each other in the APAC LCQ Grand Finals was sealed after ONIC defeated BLEED in the lower bracket. On one hand, it was a sure shot for the Indonesian representation in Champions, but that also meant that only one of the teams will get the last spot.
BOOM’s performance in the best-of-5 grand final series was nothing short of a thrill. They managed to secure the first game on Bind 13-10 and the second game on Haven via overtime 14-12. The third game on Fracture became their only loss in the series after ONIC managed to take away the game from BOOM’s grasp through sheer dominance on the map. The final game at Icebox initially looked like it belonged to ONIC up until the roles were changed and BOOM attacked their way to yet another close 13-11 victory.
BOOM’s Missing Piece Was Found
BOOM’s preparation for APAC LCQ started with the sudden release of Muhammad Rafi “frostmind” Diandra from the team. They then loaned Fikri Zaki “Famouz” Hamdani from Persija Esports — who then played with two former BOOM players in Kevin “Eeyore” Gunawan and Nanda “Asteriskk” Rizana — specifically for their APAC LCQ run.
Famouz’s addition to the team paid dividends as he top fragged in Game 1 as Raze with a 19/15/16 KDA and Game 2 as Sova with a 24/16/8 KDA. He also showed some hints of brilliance as BOOM’s initiator all throughout the series.
With Famouz as the missing piece, BOOM’s roster is made up of:
- Gary “blaZek1ng” Dastin
- Saibani “fl1pzjder” Rahmad
- Rizkie Adla “BerserX” Kusuma
- David “tehbotoL” Monangin
- Fikri Zaki “Famouz” Hamdani
- Ji “Meow” Dong-jun (Coach)
As the third representative for APAC, BOOM Esports is set to compete in Istanbul, Turkey along with Paper Rex and XERXIA Esports for the most-awaited VALORANT Champions 2022 in September.