BOOM Rivalry emerged victorious from the Grand Finals of the GAMERS GALAXY: Dota 2 Invitational Series Dubai 2022, pulling off an incredible comeback run to establish themselves as one of the best Dota 2 teams in the world and winning most of the 1,000 000 AED prize pool.
The five-day series came to an end on Sunday, as Dubai-headquartered Galaxy Racer hosted a thrilling clash between BOOM Rivalry and Tundra Esports, after battling through a field of nine of the biggest Dota 2 teams. through a series of grueling group matches and knockout rounds.
The final day began with a scintillating final showdown between BOOM Rivalry and Nigma Galaxy, giving Dota 2 fans a fast and direct battle. As Nigma Galaxy tied the game to take the game to a third final match, BOOM Rivalry put on a fantastic comeback performance to progress and set the stage for a thrilling Grand Final against Tundra Esports.
Tundra Esports dished out “first blood” in the Grand Finals, delivering a thrilling first game to lead the tie, but BOOM Rivalry immediately fought back in a dominating performance in Game 2 to even things up. Map three could have gone either way, with BOOM Rivalry looking strong in the early stages, but Tundra Esports eventually fought back in an incredibly attritional battle to win the match and move closer to a victory after claiming the championship.
With everything on the line, BOOM Rivalry showed their composure under pressure and made a few clutch plays to give the fans a fifth and final game. Both teams saved the best round for last, with a spectacular fifth game that showcased some of Dota 2’s best combat and tactics in motion. Eventually, BOOM Rivalry’s momentum proved too much to handle, and the team walked away with the match and the championship after an unlikely winning streak.
With a grueling round robin in the first round and tough support in the knockouts, making it to the finals was no small feat for BOOM Rivalry, playing eight intense rounds on the final day, having had to defeat players like OG, Team Secret and The International (TI) Champions Team Spirit en route to the final
BOOM Rivalry captain Rolen Andrei Gabriel “skem” Ong said: “It was amazing that we got through the last day of the competition, playing eight games to win the championship, and that gives us a lot of Our mentality is to keep learning every game and every tournament, no matter where as long as we learn and play as a team.
“This tournament in Dubai was awesome, especially as a LAN tournament, the vibe you get between the teams while you play is unlike any other experience, and the ping is so much better.”
Streamed live from Dubai Studio City, the GAMERS GALAXY: Invitational Series Dubai 2022 was the first major Dota 2 LAN event of the year, while the latest Gameplay Patch 7.31 shook up the meta to add an extra layer of complexity and excitement. intrigue to the competition.
The tournament, hosted by Galaxy Racer, was the biggest Dota 2 event in MENA history and featured a roster of talented teams competing for the AED 1,000,000 prize pool, with over 2 million concurrent viewers on all live streaming channels globally.
Galaxy Racer Founder and CEO Paul Roy said: “Congratulations to BOOM Rivalry, they were outstanding throughout the tournament and gave fans around the world a real show in the Grand Finals. As the biggest Dota 2 tournament ever held in the MENA region, we are so proud to have organized what was an incredible event, featuring the best teams and players in an exceptional broadcast production, once again placing plus the region on the map as one of the most exciting. esports hubs around the world.
Dota 2 presenters Sheever and Kyle helped bring the competition and playoffs to life for viewers, while the grand finale also saw Cap, along with an all-star casting team of past winners from TI, N0tail, KuroKy, and SumaiL as the first broadcast, with the trio bringing unparalleled strategic insight into the riveting match for the Dota 2 community to enjoy.
GAMERS GALAXY host Kyle “melonzz” Freedman added, “There were a lot of doubts about Tundra Esports after all the roster changes, but they’ve shown they’re real competitors, while BOOM Rivalry seems to have a global superstar in the making with Yopaj. He’s playing with a ton of confidence and it looks like he’ll be a top player for a long time.
“The success of GAMERS GALAXY: Dota 2 Invitational Series Dubai 2022 shows that Dota 2 is a truly international game, and proves how important the LAN experience is for gamers and what it can bring to fans, even if it’s is behind closed doors. LAN is where the biggest championships should be decided.
GAMERS GALAXY: Dota 2 Invitational Series Dubai 2022 was the biggest esports tournament in the MENA region and featured the first-ever implementation of augmented reality (AR), showcasing elements of Dubai including the iconic Burj skyscraper Khalifa, as well as the desert dunes across the state – cutting-edge animation and visual motion graphics. The flawless AR implementation and next-gen production quality have received huge praise from the Dota 2 community.