After winning the VCT APAC Last Chance Qualifier on August 7 with a resounding 3-1 victory over local rivals ONIC Esports, BOOM Esports became the first Indonesian team to earn a spot in an international Valorant LAN. Their victory guarantees them a spot at Valorant Champions, the largest event of the year and the conclusion of the whole VCT 2022 season, in September. Istanbul, Turkey will host VALORANT Champions from September 2 through September 18 which is one of the biggest international events in VALORANT esports.
In Istanbul, they will join fellow APAC teams Paper Rex and XERXIA Esports, where they will finally have the opportunity to make their name on the world stage.
The underdogs in the APAC LCQ were BOOM. The two teams considered favorites to win the entire event, Bleed eSports and Team Secret, attracted the most attention. While doing so, BOOM defeated teams like Hong Kong’s Griffin E-Sports and Bleed to finish their flawless undefeated streak.
In addition, BOOM twice defeated ONIC to get retribution for losing to them in the VCT APAC Stage 2 Challengers playoffs. Fikri “famouz” Zaki, a top player for Persija Esports who replaced Rafi “frostmind” Diandra in the LCQ, has made a significant difference for the team. He has demonstrated a high level of performance on a wide range of agents, including Raze, Sova, Chamber, and KAY/O, and has been one of the team’s most reliable players in the LCQ.
He placed third with a 1.24 K/D in the APAC LCQ, just behind Jorell “Retla” Teo and Derrick “Deryeon” Yee of Bleed. Not a single map concluded with a differential of greater than three rounds in the best-of-five grand final vs ONIC.
ONIC jumped off to an 8-4 lead on their attacking half of the last stage, Icebox. When it was BOOM’s turn to strike, they quickly fought back and gained an 11-9 advantage. Only three rounds of defense were found by ONIC before BOOM won the map 13-11.