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.
Upsets abound in SEA
Motivate.Trust’s victory was far from the only surprise at BTS Pro Series. Fnatic
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.