OB x Neon Esports came through with a triumphant debut in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Season 2-Southeast Asia Upper Division after dealing Boom Esports of Indonesia its first taste of defeat via a 2-0 sweep on Thursday night, April 22.
11K MMR carry John Anthony “Natsumi-” Vargas’ Medusa was just too much to handle for Boom in the opener before the Filipinos subdued the the Indonesians’ Morphling-Earthshaker-Beastmaster trio with Aghanim’s Scepter behind Japoy “Yopaj” Ferrer’s Puck in the second game.
Besides getting the first win, the Singapore Major Top 6 finisher also showed that it has found its groove in the 7.29 patch ahead of its grudge rematch against TNC Predator on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Neon is looking to avenge its 2-0 sweep at the hands of TNC in the grand finals of the APAC Predator League earlier this month.
On the other hand, Boom lost its first series after winning its first two against Execration and Lilgun of Mongolia last week.
Neon pulled away from a close battle in Game 1 when Natsumi on his Medusa got his Sange and Yasha, Butterfly and Eye of Skadi to start sieging high ground.
A four-man Echo Stomp from Jaunuel “Jaunuel” Arcilla’s Elder Titan at a choke point near the Radiant secret shop allowed Natsumi and Yopaj’s Puck to clean house and force the GG call from Boom in 33 minutes with a 27-16 scoreline and a 20K gold lead.
Neon went on to dictate the pace in Game 2 but Boom managed to survive the storm and enabled Randy “Dreamocel” Sapoetra’s Morphling to farm his Aghanim’s Scepter and join forces with Brizio “Hyde” Putra’s Earthshaker and Rafli “Mikoto” Rahman’s Beastmaster.
Yopaj’s Puck came to Neon’s rescue, conjuring up well-placed Dream Coils including a crucial one on Dreamocel to foil Boom’s comeback bid and seal the 49-24 victory with a 43K gold advantage in 55 minutes.