OB x Neon Esports introduced itself to the international Dota 2 stage with a commendable run in the ONE Esports Singapore Major.
Neon needed to tap a last-minute substitute in Singaporean offlaner Yang “Deth” Wu Heng after stand-in Rafael “Rappy” Sicat Palo was declared out due to having close contact with a COVID-19 positive case.
Prior to that, Andrei “debil_2000” Ong (also known as Skem) had to play as carry in place of John Anthony “Natsumi-” Vargas, who was deemed “unfit to travel” to the first Major of the year.
Still, the Filipino team finished at the 5th-6th place together with fellow surprise squad Thunder Predator for $25,000 (over P1.2 million) and 300 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) points.
And in its final series, Neon gave no less than the heavily-favored Team Secret a run for its money in a deciding Game 3 that would go down in Dota history as an instant classic.
After a dominant victory in Game 2 of their series for top four behind Skem’s Gyrocopter and Prieme Ejay “PlayHard” Maque’s Tusk, Neon forced a nail-biting Game 3 battle with midlaner Japoy “Yopaj” Ferrer playing godlike on his Windranger.
Neon looked close to completing a monumental stunner over Secret but a clutch hex play by veteran captain Clement “Puppey” Ivanov on Jaunuel “Jaunuel” Arcilla’s Spiritbreaker who was charging at Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen’s Troll Warlord to help Yopaj spelled the difference.
Puppey, a TI1 champion with Natus Vincere and a player who has attended every TI, tipped his hat to the Filipino squad.
“This is team is really good. Their lineups are fresh,” said Puppey during the post-match interview with the panelists after Secret’s 2-1 win on Saturday, April 3.
Puppey’s position-4 support teammate Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat and other Dota personalities have nothing but praises for Neon.
Neon will look to sustain the momentum when it competes in the Asia Pacific Predator League against TNC Predator and other SEA teams on April 6 to 11.