Andrew “Drew” Halim has been released from BOOM Esports’ Dota 2 roster. “Today we parted ways with Drew,” BOOM announced on Twitter. “Thank you very much for your contribution to our DOTA 2 team at DPC SEA. Stay enthusiastic & may you successful for your future careers. See you on top, Drew!”
The Indonesian carry player had joined BOOM’s Dota team in January 2021, right after Randy “Dreamocel” Sapoetra left the team earlier. Drew had been underperforming with the team almost throughout the DPC 2021 SEA Upper Division matches. BOOM barely managed to stay in the Upper Division for the Season 2 of the DPC 2021, placing fifth in the SEA league standings with the help of 23savage. The team still did not manage to qualify for the Singapore Major, which will start on March 27, 2021.
BOOM’s decision comes hot in the heels of other teams swapping players. Since Valve’s changes to the Dota Pro Circuit, there no longer are any Open Qualifiers for The International anymore. All teams have to compete in their Regional Leagues to ensure a standing in the Major, subsequently helping them get seeded for the Major. Even with Valve’s measures to ensure fairness to players, teams have been dropping and swapping players to ensure they either stay in their Divisions or don’t get relegated. Of course, the primary goal is to make the best of the situation to qualify for Ti.
With the current situation, expect more teams in the DPC 2021 to swap out players until Valve enforces something more concrete in the future, preferably by writing the rules down comprehensively after appropriate deliberations and considerations.