Indonesian esports organization BOOM Esports is overhauling its roster after a failed bid at Dota 2‘s The International 10.
Following the departure of three of its members that played at the last chance Southeast Asia qualifiers for TI10, BOOM’s reinforcements include former OB Esports x Neon mid laner Erin “Yopaj” Ferrer. BOOM’s former mid laner, Rafli “Mikoto” Rahman, remains part of BOOM and will move to the inactive roster, but he will temporarily play for OB Neon for the upcoming Moon Studio tournament.
Yesterday, the organization announced the signing of Rolen “skem” Ong, also from OB Neon.
The signing represents a marked departure in recruitment strategy for the Indonesian org. For the first time in its history, BOOM Esports is breaking away from recruiting talented compatriots to join their ranks, instead casting a wider net over the larger Southeast Asia region. Saieful “Fbz” Ilham is now the only Indonesian left in the squad, and he could remain the only one if rumors surrounding TNC stalwarts Gabbi and Tims moving to BOOM turn out true.
Yopaj and skem were part of the excellent OB Neon roster that exceeded expectations at the ONE Esports Singapore Major, placing fifth-sixth despite playing with two stand-ins. Unfortunately for them, poor placement in the second season of the Dota Pro Circuit SEA Regional League meant they did not have enough DPC points for direct qualifications to TI10.
BOOM’s new-look roster isn’t fully filled just yet, but fans will likely catch their first glimpse at OB Moon Asian Arena season one, scheduled to start on Sept. 6.