B.O.O.T-Dream[S]cape Make Big Roster Changes

by Nikhil Hathiramani

Singapore’s top CS:GO team lose three core members, add a new face, bring back a familiar face and move a coach to the active line-up.

Despite having lackluster results in International tournaments, the Chinese-owned Singaporean team has consistently kept a top 5 placing for most of 2018 on our monthly Asian CS:GO team rankings, peaking at #40 on the HLTV World rankings in August last year.

Earlier this year, the team announced the departure of Kumaresan “Tommy” Ramani and Benjamin “moxie” Kou, leaving a void to fill. While moxie was a stand-in for some time, Tommy was a full-time player for the team and one of the core members for some time. CSGO2ASIA has learned that the contracts for both players were up for renewal, but both the organization and players mutually agreed not to extend them.

In an official statement to CSGO2ASIA, the organization’s aims are clear, to take B.O.O.T in 2019 to the next level:

“Our goal has always been to be one of the best teams in Asia and to qualify for international tournaments where priceless experience can be gained competing against international teams of better caliber than their Asian counterparts. This has not changed and we’re hungrier than ever to push ourselves to be the best team that we can be.”

The spots given up by Tommy and moxie will go to ex-player Benedict “Benkai” Tan and Malaysian star player, Ahmad Khalish “D4v41” Rusyaidee. The former was a core member of dream[S]cape before having to serve his mandatory national service in Singapore earlier last year. Fortunately for Benkai, his vocation in the Army allows him to operate a nine-to-five schedule giving enough flexibility to return to the active line-up. The latter is an acquisition made from Malaysian organization, FrostFire. d4v41 has consistently put up high numbers in the South East Asian CS:GO scene, so it is no surprise that B.O.O.T decided to go with this move.

Lastly, in a surprising move, B.O.O.T has decided to bring in their coach, Alex “alecks” Salle to replace another core member, Anthony “ImpressioN” Lim. A common trend in Asian CS:GO is a lack of proper in-game leadership, and this is most likely a move to give the newly added firepower a bit more structure and direction.

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With that, the active line-up for B.O.O.T-d[S] is now as follows:

  • 🇸🇬 Nevin “splashske” Aw (AWP)
  • 🇸🇬 Alex “alecks” Salle (IGL)
  • 🇸🇬 Benedict “benkai” Tan (Rifle)
  • 🇸🇬 Leslie “bobosaur” Soen (Rifle)
  • 🇲🇾 Ahmad Khalish “D4v41” Rusyaidee (Hybrid)
  • 🇸🇬 Anthony “ImpressioN” Lim (Back-up)

The new squad will be in action in upcoming online qualifiers for various international events.

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