VCL Indonesia Split 2 Playoffs preview

Indonesia’s two highest-ranked teams, BOOM Esports and Bigetron Arctic, will start in the upper-bracket semi-finals from opposite sides of the bracket. 

INDONESIA – The playoffs bracket at VCL Indonesia Split 2 has been decided following the conclusion of the regular season, which saw Alter Ego round out the upper-bracket quarter-finalists and BOOM Esports and Bigetron Arctic advance straight to the upper-bracket finals of the tournament.  

The six-team playoff bracket will play in front of a packed audience at Taman Anggrek Mall Jakarta from May 31 to June 4. In addition to claiming their portion of the $25,000 prize pool, the winners will represent Indonesia in Bangkok next month, competing for a two-year promotion to the VCT Pacific League.

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The action will kick off on Wednesday with the upper-bracket quarter-finals. Alter Ego and Le Crapaud will take the stage first in a rematch from last month’s affair between the two teams in the regular season, in which Alter Ego convincingly won 2-0 (Ascent 13-8, Fracture 13-1). 

ARF Team will face Dominatus for the fifth time in less than six months, but it will be in a LAN setting this time. In their previous encounter in Week 1, Rayvaldo “ray4c” Chandra and co. emerged victorious against the favorites in a three-map battle (Ascent 13-10, Haven 7-13, Fracture 13-4).

In the last match on the first day, BOOM Esports will be waiting on one side of the bracket, potentially setting up a significant matchup if Alter Ego progresses past Le Crapaud. Meanwhile, Bigetron Arctic will be on the other side, awaiting the winner between ARF Team and Dominatus the next day.

ROG Masters Indonesia 2017, where blaZek1ng’s AKARA emerged victorious over Recca Esports
(Photo courtesy of Indogamers)

The main highlight of VCL Indonesia Split 2 is the gathering of Indonesia’s best teams in one location to compete in a LAN environment, marking the first time since the release of VALORANT. The venue, Taman Anggrek Mall, has hosted major domestic esports events in the past, creating a familiar setup for players and viewers.

While every player has something to prove, some stand out due to their extensive LAN experience, giving them an edge in this different level of competitive pressure.

BOOM Esports, now in familiar territory, will be hoping to regain their championship form after losing to Bigetron Arctic in the previous split’s grand final. Gary “blaZek1ng” Dastin, apart from his participation in the 2022 VALORANT Champions, boasts experience at the highest level of CS:GO in the country in the past and has attended numerous LAN events throughout his career.

Michael “SEVERiNE” Winata had a previous career as a player in Point Blank and was part of the Guardian Force team that won PBNC 2016, while Thomas “Cud” Alfiantino competed in the WESG 2018 Indonesia tournament, which took place at the same Taman Anggrek Mall. During the tournament, Cud played for PondokGaming.BarracX alongside Dominatus’ Rivaldy “ValdyN” Navian, and together they defeated The Prime Esports, featuring Bigetron Arctic’s Oliver Budi “m0rea” Wangge and Le Crapaud’s Radya “Rapheleen” Ramadhanta.

Fun fact, BOOM Esports analyst Harry “6fingers” Tjahjadi Putra, alongside Paper Rex’s Aaron “mindfreak” Leonhart, was part of the organization’s CS:GO roster that lifted the WESG 2018 Indonesia trophy. 

Eeyore with adrnk1ng with China-based Big Time Regal Gaming at WESG 2019 Southeast Asia
(Photo courtesy of WESG SEA)

Fikri “famouz” Zaki and Radya “Rapheleen” Ramadhanta enjoyed Indonesia’s last significant LAN event before the COVID-19 pandemic at OMEN Challengers Series with Syntax Gaming.

Every player from Alter Ego possesses LAN experience in some form. Bryan “Gemma” Setiawan and Delbert “deLb” Tanoto debuted on LAN in the recent Southeast Asian Games VALORANT competition, while Adrian “adrnking” Setiawan, Nanda “asteriskk” Rizana, and Kevin “Eeyore” Gunawan have played at the highest level of Indonesian CS:GO. Additionally, coach Baskoro Dwi “roseau” Putra brings his LAN experience to the team, having competed for the longest time for TEAMnxl>, Recca Esports, and BOOM Esports.

Without a doubt, Bigetron Arctic coach Andrew “bali” Joseph will be the one with the most extensive experience at Taman Anggrek in the upcoming week. He has a competitive background dating back to the 2000s when he was associated with XcN Gaming and TitaNs eSports from Singapore.

Team Indonesia at the 32nd Southeast Asian Games
(Photo courtesy of VIRESA)

Dominatus’ Aldi “RiseN” Huang and Dewa United’s Grant “klipp” Hadiputra’s most recent noteworthy LAN experience dates back to 2018 when they were members of EVOS Esports CS:GO. During that time, they participated in the IESPL The Battle of Friday and the Indonesia Esports Games 2018.

Meanwhile, Sha “ZesBeeW” Mohtar won his first VALORANT tournament by winning TheGym Singapore Invitational trophy in Kallang, Singapore, in 2020 as a member of Team SMG. Furthermore, he also competed in the previously mentioned IESPL The Battle of Friday as part of Team Capcorn.

Below is the full schedule of the VCL Indonesia Split 2 Playoffs (time in SGT/UTC+8): 

Wednesday, May 31

  • 12 PM – Alter Ego vs. Le Crapaud
  • 3 PM – ARF Team vs. Dominatus
  • 6 PM – BOOM Esports vs. AE/LC

Thursday, June 1

  • 12 PM – Bigetron Arctic vs. ATF/DOM
  • 3 PM – Lower quarter-finals #1
  • 6 PM – Lower quarter-finals #2

Friday, June 2

  • 3 PM – Lower semi-final
  • 6 PM – Upper final

Saturday, June 3

  • 3 PM – Lower final

Sunday, June 4

  • 3 PM – Grand final
(Photo courtesy of VALORANT Esports Indonesia)

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Cover photo courtesy of IESPL – KINCIR

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