An epic finish to a 104-minute game sees BetBoom secure their TI spot.
Dota 2 games often run long, but it’s rare to find games that run over 100 minutes. The BetBoom Team vs. Tundra Esports Upper Bracket Quarterfinals matchup at the Bali Major saw an extremely close finish, one that had the viewers on the edge of their seats.
The match saw BetBoom Team take on Tundra Esports in a best-of-three series. This was not an elimination match, but for BetBoom it was an opportunity to qualify for The International 2023. Tundra Esports had already secured its TI slot having earned enough DPC points to secure their invite.
Epic ending to BetBoom vs. Tundra Game 2
With over 100 minutes on the clock, all heroes were fully farmed and one mistake could lead to the game’s end. And it did.
A smoke gank attempt by BetBoom saw them trying to catch Tundra off-guard. Even as Egor "Nightfall" Grigorenko goes in with his BKB activated, he is immediately countered by Wu "Sneyking" Jingjun’s Batrider’s ultimate, Flaming Lasso.
Disabling Morphling during his BKB rendered him useless, and Tundra were able to kill him. Of course, in a 100-minute game, everyone had buybacks ready whenever someone died across the map.
BetBoom’s confidence was partly due to the fact that they had Aegis on their six-slotted, three Divine rapiers Snapfire. However, Danil "gpk" Skutin died twice quite easily without any attention on Morphling (Who had died earlier).
He then bought back and immediately teleported into the midst of the fight. A six-slotted Snapfire hits hard and the team went straight for the throne. They destroyed the throne even though they were clearly losing the team fight in terms of numbers.
Nine’s Rubick is now the hero with the fifth most damage ever in a Dota 2 game
Leon "Nine" Kirilin's Rubick did the fifth most damage ever in a game of Dota 2. This statistic is even more surprising considering Rubick is not an agility carry hero, who typically shines in such late-game scenarios. However, Rubick was often able to get hold of Techies mines, allowing his team to constantly deal damage as well as scout the opponents.
In a 100-minute-plus game such as this one, vision, and information is usually more important than farm. And stealing the Techies mines allows Rubick to get information about the enemy players’ position.
Despite their loss, Tundra is not out of the Bali Major. The team moves down to the lower bracket, where they face Azure Ray in an elimination match. Meanwhile, BetBoom will face off against Team Liquid in the Upper Bracket Semifinals.
The Bali Major kicked off on June 29 and features a $500,000 prize pool. The tournament started with 18 teams with six teams (three from each group) eliminated in the Group Stage itself.