BOOM Esports added Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon to its Dota 2 roster. He will likely stand in for “Drew” for the rest of the BOOM’s Dota Pro Circuit Season 1 matches in the SEA Upper Division.
The player’s addition marks the first for a Thai player to be playing for the Indonesian organization that started in December 2017 as BOOM ID.
BOOM’s current carry player, Andrew “Drew” Halim, has been underperforming throughout the DPC 2021 SEA Upper Division matches, which is probably why the team decided to get 23savage as a stand in. Given that Mikoto has been making up for the slack with his phenomenal performance, it’s unlikely that 23savage will be playing the mid laner’s role. This leaves only Drew to be replaced in the team.
BOOM hasn’t yet clarified if it has acquired 23savage for a long-term contract or not. It also hasn’t dropped Drew from its roster as of yet. It’s likely that Drew will be on the inactive roster in the time to come until the situation clears up for the player.
23savage was acquired by Vici Gaming in September 2020 as a position 1 player but never got to play any matches with the team. With COVID-19 disrupting tournaments across the world, 23savage didn’t get to play for Vici at all.
By Jan. 3, 2021, 23savage was let go from Vici because of visa issues and COVID-19 complications, in addition to the language barriers given that 23savage would have been a Thai player alongside almost exclusively Chinese-speaking teammates. Since his departure in January, he has been a free agent. The player clarified his situation in a Tweet on Jan. 4, 2021.
BOOM has two series remaining in the DPC 2021 Upper Division. It needs to win one of the two series to stay in the SEA Upper Division for Season 2 of the DPC 2021. It is highly unlikely it will make it to the Singapore Major unless TNC Predator and T1 grandly mess up their upcoming series. Meanwhile, Filipino team Neon Esports is safe in its target to qualify for the first Major.
BOOM’s next match is at midnight (PST) on Feb. 16.
Current BOOM Dota 2 roster:
Andrew “Drew” Halim
Rafli Fathur “Mikoto” Rahman
Saieful “Fbz” Ilham
Brizio Adi “Hyde” Putra
Alfi “Khezcute” Nelphyana (C)
Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon (stand in)