- Regional-level tournament saw participants from five different countries participate
- Team Flash finished the tournament strongly and was crowned champion
Team Flash overcame Southeast Asia’s top Dota 2 teams last weekend to emerge champion at Lazada’s esports tournament series. Organized by Indonesia’s largest esports broadcast company Liga Game, the Lazada Game On Series is a regional-level tournament series involving top Dota 2 teams in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines and Australia.
The second edition saw returning winner from the first edition, TP.NND – as well as other well-known esport teams like EVOS and Next Gen compete in the event. Team Flash was one of eight teams to be directly invited into the tournament play-offs, and the newest face in the competition having only officially formed two months ago in November 2017.
Team Flash defeated Pandora Esports on the first day without much hassle after a dominant 33-13 scoreline, but fell to an unexpected defeat to one of Indonesia’s upcoming teams PG.Barrackx, dropping to the loser bracket on the 2nd day.
Undeterred, Team Flash started a flawless streak of wins, beating Skyville (Philippines), SEA Reject (a mixed regional team) and Next Gen (Vietnam) 2-0 in quick succession. Progressing to the grand finals with a guaranteed top-2 finish, Team Flash would again face PG.Barrackx in a Best of 3 series between Malaysia and Indonesia.
Coming back from behind in the 1st game including a Divine Rapier pick-up on Syeonix’s signature hero Gyrocopter, Team Flash saw off PG.Barrackx in the final with a convincing 2-0 scoreline and were crowned champion with one game to spare.
Amongst the tournament highlights was Joel ‘Xtinct’ Chan Zhan Leong - who recently transitioned from coach and stepped back onto the playing field two weeks ago. Even though his last competitive appearance was nearly a year ago with remarkable teams like Vici Gaming Potential from China and Mineski-X, the Malaysian veteran of 29 years old & 3-time TI representative showed he still had what it takes to compete in today’s fiercely competitive pro circuit.
Of the championship win, Xtinct said, “I’m glad that we won this tournament because it’s our first time becoming champion together and it really means a lot to us. I want to thank my teammates for putting in the effort together, and also Flash for putting their trust in supporting us.”
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