Jap “xNova” Jian Wei, one of the best position five players in China, has joined BOOM Esports along with John “Natsumi” Vargas and Kenny “Xepher” Deo.
This team was strong last season, finishing seventh in the Dota Pro Circuit with 1482 points and 9th-12th at The International 11. Overall, 2021-2022 was a great season for BOOM and they obviously want to do even better next year. Otherwise, why invest in bringing in such highly skilled players?
Who is xNova
For those who have been watching Dota 2 for a long time, xNova needs little introduction. At just 25 years old, he has already won more than $2 million in prize money from tournaments alone. He’s also 10.000 MMR, which is more than respectable for a position five player.
XNova is from Malaysia and he’s played for SEA teams before. But most of his career was spent in China. He competed for great organizations like PSG.LGD, EHOME, and Royal Never Give Up. He did this for almost five years, which gives him the right to call himself an S-tier support player.
His best results came at EPICENTER XL (first place), MDL Changsha Major (first place), China Dota2 Supermajor (third place), The International 2018 (second place), The International 2019 (third place), and Riyadh Masters 2022 (fifth-sixth place).
Overall, xNova is both experienced, accomplished, and still very young. One could argue that BOOM Esports couldn’t have bought him at a better time. With his prowess, the team is likely to dominate the SEA region in 2023. But only if they can overcome the great opponents they will encounter here.
SEA 2023 – who will win?
Although it’s hard to predict who will win the SEA region in 2023, one thing is certain: BOOM Esports have a good chance of claiming every single trophy. There will be three Tours in total and lots of opportunities to achieve greatness, regionally and internationally. The only requirement is skill.
One of the formidable teams that will challenge BOOM in the region is Blacklist International. This is a new team that entered Dota 2 and acquired the services of some of the best players in the region. No doubt, they will be BOOM’s greatest opponent. But there will be others as well: Fnatic, Talon, T1, and others.
The biggest question when new teams are formed has to do with their players’ synergy. If there’s no synergy, everything else will collapse. We’ve already seen this in the case of exceptionally strong teams like RNG, who had some of the world’s best players but still failed because of a lack of teamwork.
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