Aurora, the lone Dota 2 warrior representing SEA region at BetBoom Dacha Dubai 2024, bids an early farewell from the tournament, bowing out as one of the underperformers in Group A alongside Virtus.pro, with just one game left to play. Despite the setback, the veteran midlaner Armel “Armel” Tabios affirms that it’s a lesson well learned for the squad.
The team wasn’t lacking in preparation hey invested significant time analyzing their opponents and even brought in coach Lee “SunBhie” Jeong-jae to “reunite” with his players before the tournament, all in hopes of igniting team spirit. Alas, their tactical experiments in the group stage series ended in disappointment.
The Malaysian squad could only secure a draw against a weakened Virtus.pro, followed by heavy losses to heavyweights Gaimin Gladiators and LGD Gaming. Although they clinched a single victory against Team Liquid, it fell short of securing a spot in the top four.
Nevertheless, Group A was a battlefield of titans, a crucible of formidable talent from across the globe. For Armel, the fierce competition proved invaluable, offering insights and benchmarks against the very best.
“We probably don’t have a lot of expectations from this tournament in terms of results. I think we just want to play our best game. We are determined to make progress, because there are many good teams here. If we show good performance, great; if not, we’ll gain experience,” Armel shared during an interview amidst the Betboom Dacha 2024 buzz.
Aurora still has time to analyze its overall performance and improve the teamwork before the next major tournament begins. They will soon be heading to Europe for DreamLeague Season 22.