Thunder Awake is a professional Dota 2 team based in Peru, they quickly became one of the top teams in the South American region.
Thunder Awake is a professional Dota 2 eSports team based in Peru. Formed in 2018, they quickly became one of the top teams in the South American region, and 2022 looks set to be their biggest year yet.Going into 2023, they are back in first place, after completing the best season for a South American team in history.Just days after TI11 ended in Singapore, Thunder Awakens has already lost two players to their regional counterparts, Beastcoast. The first roster move between these two SA teams was already an indicator that the reshuffle in SA would be big. While TA’s roster was put together ahead of the 2022 Dota Pro circuit, the Beastcoast line-up became the longest-running in professional Dota 2 history in July this year, having held the same formula for over three years.
Thunder Awaken has enjoyed notable success at various tournaments, including winning all three tours of the BTS Pro Series S10 America, ESL One Stockholm 2022, and the Dota Pro Circuit 2022 (DPC 2022).While these are all great achievements, nothing tops Thunder Awaken’s amazing journey in The International 11 (TI11). Finishing fifth at the TI Championships is a new record in South American Dota 2 history, surpassing its predecessor, Infamous’s seventh place at TI9.
One of the keys to Thunder Awakens’ success has been the strong performances from its star players. The team’s roster includes players such as Cristian “Pakaz” Casanova and Farith “Mathew” Huamancaza, who are considered some of the best Dota 2 players in the region.Additionally, many fans attribute TA’s success to the synergy of the roster. For the uninitiated, TA signed Knopping eSports roster for their DPC 2022 season. It was not a matter of surprise,NoPing emerged as an unprecedented candidate to qualify for TI10 last year.
In addition to its competitive achievements, Thunder Awakens is distinguished for its strong commitment to its fans. The team regularly streams its matches and practices on Twitch, and is active with its followers on social media.This is in stark contrast to five years ago when fans called on Valve to reduce the allocation of SA teams to the majors.
If anything, it’s a testament to the growth of the South Africa sector over the past few years. Of course, simply having loyal fans won’t contribute to the success of a field without phenomenal players, but it is putting the SA field in the spotlight.As such, we’re seeing a rise in eager powerhouses building their own Dota 2 divisions out of this region.
Evil Geniuses is notoriously the most recognized powerhouse for nurturing SA talent among its former North American household names. Western European powerhouse, Alliance, also fielded its own support team based in SA. This raised the entire line-up of Hokuori, yet another staple in the DPC South American region.
Overall, Thunder Awake was a formidable force in the world of Dota 2 eSports in South America until at least the end of the year 2022. However, the fame and glory might not last in the new season after the TA players defected to other teams. , The remnants of the former TA roster, Pacaz, Matthew and Jose “Pandabu” Hernandez now compete for EG. While Herrera “Darkmago” Gonzalo and Rafael “Sacred” Yonaton are in Beastcoast.The new roster appears promising, but has yet to be tested at the highest levels.
As such, it’s the end of a great era for Thunder Awakens, after the best of Team SA. Nevertheless, with young blood and commitment, this team could match their predecessors in the upcoming DPC 2023.