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Today at ESL One Birmingham Online: Southeast Asia we would see a magnificent opening series between Fnatic and BOOM Esports as the event entered its third day of round-robin group stage action.

Fnatic, although having seemed extremely strong in recent events, did not begin the ESL One Birmingham SEA event in the best manner, losing their opening series to Team Adroit and having a tough time against Reality Rift too – although winning the latter series. On the other hand, BOOM was dominating at the event this far, sitting at the top of the group with two massive wins over Geek Fam and TNC Predator.

Going into the series it was Fnatic who were on the front foot, amassing a decent lead of nearly 10k on the net worth graphs, as they looked set to take the win. It was only near 22-minutes when everything changed as the teams entered a fight around the Roshan pit which saw BOOM come out ahead – and it was all downhill from there for FNC.

Fnatic were not about to give up though as they pushed back hard in the next game, essentially stomping over the BOOM lineup – with Nuengnara ‘23savage’ Teeramahanon destroying his opponents on a 17-1-9 Morphling. With the series now tied up at 1-1, game three would be required to separate the two squads – and it was another clinical performance from BOOM. Although it took BOOM over 10-minutes to find their first kill, while FNC were eight at the time, once they did, there was no stopping them.

Between Randy ‘Dreamocel’ Sapoetra’s Riki and a fairly weak FNC draft, BOOM were able to run away with the game and secure a 2-1 victory to secure their spot at the top of the group for the time being. ESL One Birmingham Online: SEA continues today with Geek Fam and TNC Predator fighting in the next series and Team Adroit looking to join BOOM atop the group again when then take on Reality Rift later too.

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