BOOM Rivalry named champions in GAMERS GALAXY: Dota 2 Invitational Series Dubai 2022 in epic finale comeback

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BOOM Rivalry emerged victorious at the Grand Finals of the GAMERS GALAXY: Dota 2 Invitational Series Dubai 2022, pulling off an incredible comeback run to stake its claim as one of the top Dota 2 teams in the world and taking home the bulk of the AED 1,000,000 prize pool.

The five-day series came to an epic conclusion on Sunday, as Galaxy Racer, headquartered in Dubai, played host to a thrilling clash between BOOM Rivalry and Tundra Esports, having battled through a field of nine of the biggest Dota 2 teams across a series of gruelling group matches and knockout rounds.

The final day began with a scintillating lower bracket final clash between BOOM Rivalry and Nigma Galaxy, giving Dota 2 fans a fast-paced and right-to-the-wire battle. While Nigma Galaxy equalised the tie to take the match to a final third match, BOOM Rivalry put in a fantastic comeback performance to progress and set the stage for a pulse-racing Grand Final against Tundra Esports.

Tundra Esports dealt ‘first blood’ in the Grand Final, putting in a thrilling first game display to lead the tie, but BOOM Rivalry immediately fought back in a dominant performance in the second game to even things up. The third map could have gone either way, with BOOM Rivalry looking strong in the early phases, but Tundra Esports eventually fought back in an incredibly attritional battle to win the game and step within one win from claiming the Championship.

With everything on the line, BOOM Rivalry showcased their poise under pressure and turned in some clutch plays to give fans a fifth and final game. The two teams saved the best round for last, with a spectacular fifth match that showcased some of the best Dota 2 combat and tactics in motion. Eventually, BOOM Rivalry’s momentum proved too much to handle, and the team came away with the match and Championship after a string of unlikely comeback victories.

With a gruelling round robin in the first round and a tough bracket in the knockouts, getting to the final was no easy feat for BOOM Rivalry, playing eight intense rounds on the Final day, after having to overcome the likes of 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 managed to make it through the final day of the competition, playing eight games to win the Championship, and it gives us a lot of confidence. Our mentality is to keep learning every game and every tournament, it doesn’t matter where as long as we’re still learning and playing as a team.”

“This tournament in Dubai was great, especially as a LAN tournament, the atmosphere you get between teams while you’re playing is unlike any other experience, and the ping is just so much better.“

Broadcasted live from Dubai Studio City, the GAMERS GALAXY: Invitational Series Dubai 2022 was the first significant 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 intrigue to the competition.

The tournament, hosted by Galaxy Racer, was the biggest Dota 2 event in MENA history and starred a talented roster of teams competing for the AED 1,000,000 prize pool, seeing over 2 million concurrent viewers across all livestream channels globally.

Founder and CEO of Galaxy Racer, Paul Roy, said: “Congratulations to BOOM Rivalry, they’ve been exceptional throughout the tournament and have given fans around the world a real spectacle in the Grand Finals. As MENA’s largest-ever Dota 2 tournament, we’re so proud to have delivered what has been an amazing event, showcasing the best teams and players in an exceptional broadcast production, once again putting the region on the map as one of the most exciting esports hubs in the world.”

Dota 2 presenters, Sheever and Kyle helped bring the competition and the playoffs to life for viewers, while the Grand Finals also saw Cap, along with an all-star casting team of past TI winners, N0tail, KuroKy and SumaiL as a broadcasting first, with the trio bringing unparalleled strategic insight into the fascinating matchup to the delight of the Dota 2 community.

GAMERS GALAXY host, Kyle “melonzz” Freedman, added: “There was a lot of doubt about Tundra Esports after all the roster changes, but they’ve shown that they are real competitors, while BOOM Rivalry looks like it has a global superstar in the making with Yopaj. He plays with a ton of confidence and it looks like he’ll be a top player for a long time.

“The success of the 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 players and what it can bring to fans, even if it’s behind closed doors. LAN is where the biggest Championships should be decided.”

GAMERS GALAXY: Dota 2 Invitational Series Dubai 2022 was the largest esports tournament in MENA, and featured the first-ever Augmented Reality (AR) implementation, showcasing elements of Dubai including the iconic skyscraper Burj Khalifa, together with the desert dunes through state-of-the-art animation and visual graphics animation. The flawless AR implementation and next-gen production quality received tremendous praise from the Dota 2 community.

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