Can they recreate Thunder Awaken's transformation of SA Dota 2 in 2023?

By Naman Alok | Dec 31, 2022 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us


A professional Dota 2 esports team located in Peru is called Thunder Awaken. Since their formation in 2018, they have swiftly established themselves as one of the best teams in the South American region, with 2022 being their best year so far. They just had the biggest season in South American sports history, but going into 2023, they are starting over from scratch. Can they recreate Thunder Awaken’s transformation of SA Dota 2 in 2023?

Successful DPC 2022 Play of Thunder Awaken

The BTS Pro Series S10 Americas, ESL One Stockholm 2022, and Thunder Awaken’s victories in all three Tours of Dota Pro Circuit 2022 are just a few of the competitions in which they have achieved remarkable success (DPC 2022). Despite the fact that all of these are impressive achievements, Thunder Awaken’s incredible voyage at the International 11 takes the cake (TI11). A new South American Dota 2 record was set by Infamous, who finished seventh at TI9, to take fifth at the TI Championship.

The spectacular performances of Thunder Awaken’s great players have been a major factor in the game’s success. Players like Cristian “Pakazs” Casanova and Farith “Matthew” Huamancaja, who are regarded as some of the top Dota 2 players in the area, are on the team’s roster.

The cohesion of the group was another factor that many fans believed contributed to TA’s success. For those who are unaware, TA signed the NoPing esports roster for their DPC 2022 campaign. This was not unexpected given that NoPing distinguished himself as a superb candidate to earn a spot in TI10 the previous year.

The popularity of South America has spread globally

Thunder Awaken is renowned for its unwavering dedication to its supporters in addition to its competitive accomplishments. The team is active on social media, communicates with its followers, and streams its games and practises on Twitch on a daily basis.

Five years ago, fans urged Valve to lower the number of major tournament invites given to SA teams. This is in contrast. It is evidence, if anything, of the expansion of the SA region in recent years. However, it is bringing attention to the SA region. Of course, having devoted supporters by themselves wouldn’t contribute to a region’s prosperity without exceptional players.

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Because of this, a wave of eager powerhouses is setting up shops in this region to develop their Dota 2 section. Evil Geniuses is renowned as the most powerful organisation to develop South African talent above its former North American household names. Alliance, a dominant team in Western Europe, also established a sister squad in South Africa. It acquired Hokori, another mainstay of the DPC South American region, in its entirety.

In 2023, Thunder Awaken plans to completely rebuild.

Overall, Thunder Awaken was a strong competitor in the South American Dota 2 esports scene, at least until the end of 2022. After TA players left for other teams, the fame and glory, however, might not endure into the upcoming season. Jose “Pandaboo” Hernandez, Pakazs, and Matthew, the remaining members of the previous TA lineup, now fight for EG. As opposed to Rafael “Sacred” Yonatan and Herrera “DarkMago” Gonzalo, who are in Beastcoast?

Although it hasn’t yet been tested at the highest levels, the new roster is potential.

Due to their outstanding performance—by far the best by a SA team—Thunder Awaken has reached the pinnacle of its illustrious career. The team could, however, live up to its forebears in the future DPC 2023 with the help of some fresh talent and dedication.

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