BTS Pro Series Season 3
has assembled the biggest names in Southeast Asian Dota; Fnatic, BOOM Esports, TNC Predator,
and more have all come for a piece of the $50,000 USD prize pool. While those three teams were expected to comprise the podium, SEA pro stack Among Us has gone on to dominate the group stage at Beyond the Summit’s third online SEA tournament with an astonishing 15-1 record for games.
Built from a mix of contracted pros and free agents, the team is already working under a time limit. They’ll be forced to disband at the end of BTS Season 3, so the impromptu stack is making the most of their single bracket run. This is the temporary superteam tearing up Southeast Asia.
All-stars hiding in plain sight
It's easy to miss Among Us when glancing over the event’s lineup. Between the flavor-of-the-month name and slapdash logo, they’re easy to skip over. However, just a glance at the roster makes their potential clear.
The rest of Among Us is comprised of free agents, but the talent doesn’t end at position 2. Carlo "Kuku" Palad
is the team’s glue. His consistent performance in the offlane hasn’t faltered in the slightest since GEEK Fam’s disbandment. His Centaur Warrunner
is the team’s go-to pick in the second draft phase to put pressure in the offlane and free up the position 4. Legendary captain Anucha "Jabz" Jirawong
is the team’s honorary leader. Playing from the offlane, the former Fnatic shotcaller is still looking for a squad to call his own. The team shows echoes of past Fnatic lineups, owing to his former leadership of Abed and 23savage. Former GEEK Fam hard support Matthew "Whitemon" Filemon
rounds out the roster. The 20-year-old has been using the time to experiment with support Enchantress,
a callback to The International 2018.
Not quite unstoppable
While Among Us has quickly become the favorite to win BTS Pro Series Season 3, not every team has fallen victim to their fury. Hot off their fourth-place finish at ESL One: Thailand, Filipino team Neon Esports
has taken the first game off Among Us so far. The best-of-two ended in a draw, helping Neon achieve an even 8-8 games record. Both teams are on track for the playoffs, albeit on opposite ends of the bracket. A rematch between Among Us and Neon Esports will be a must-watch.
Among Us also has one last test before the finals. BOOM Esports is right under Among Us in the seeding and will try to usurp the throne in their September 23rd match. A 2-0 victory for BOOM would put them tied with Among Us, leading to a tiebreaker situation for top seed. Both teams have a lot to gain from a victory, including a better vantage point on the $50,000 prize pool.