Motivate.Trust wins BTS Pro Series Season 3 SEA

By Kenneth WilliamsSeptember 27, 2020
After a series of upsets, Motivate.Trust Gaming have taken the gold in BTS Pro Series Season 3’s Southeast Asia division. This is the biggest win for the organization since its formation late last year at $21,000 USD.
After falling to SEA Godstack Among Us in the first round of playoffs, MTG defeated Neon Esports and NEW Esports 2:0 before confronting Among Us in the lower bracket final. A standout performance from Souliya “JaCkky” Khoomphetsavong’s Terrorblade secured game three in the biggest upset of the event.
Their grand finals match against fan-favorites BOOM Esports saw renewed confidence from the Thai team. Their 3:0 victory took place in less than two hours thanks to offlaner Natthaphon “Masaros” Ouanphakdee’s tremendous Timbersaw.

Upsets abound in SEA

Motivate.Trust’s victory was far from the only surprise at BTS Pro Series. Fnatic and Execration both failed to qualify for the playoffs thanks to last-minute roster changes. Despite earning third seed out of the preliminaries, regional flagship TNC Predator failed to take a single game in the bracket and bombed out at 6th.
Perhaps the biggest downturn came from Among Us; the suped-up squad’s 15:1 group stage record screeched to a halt halfway through their series with BOOM. The second round was particularly brutal; Rafli "Mikoto" Rahman’s Templar Assassin speedran to a 22-minute finish.
As the circuit adapted to online play, fans speculated that online play would lead to a greater number of upsets. Playing from a distance introduces unpredictable and uncontrollable variables that can affect performance like internet inconsistencies or hardware issues. These obstacles would benefit weaker teams on balance. Whether that’s really the case is still up for debate, but it’s hard to deny the prevalence of upsets at BTS Season 3.
Catch SEA’s greatest square off against Chinese teams at Moon Studio Mid-Autumn League starting October 1.
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