To the surprise of many, South American team Thunder Awaken announced that they released their entire DOTA 2 roster. What made this roster shuffle surprising was that Thunder Awaken was able to produce excellent results in 2022.
Thunder Awaken underwent a complete roster rebuild in early 2022, signing up-and-coming young players to redeem themselves after a disappointing 2021 season. The rebuild quickly garnered attention in the DOTA 2 community as Thunder Awaken dethroned Beastcoast as the top South American team in the 2022 DPC Season.
Thunder Awaken also managed to secure top-six finishes at the Majors, which proved that they are the real deal. Thunder Awaken was able to make history as they finished in the Top Six in The International 2022, being the first South American representative to finish in the Top Six. Their excellent results this season only made this move by Thunder Awaken more confusing and left their fans confused.
Thunder Awaken’s Previous Roster:
- Crhistian “Pakazs” Casanova
- Herrera “Darkmago” Gonzalo
- Rafael “Sacred” Yonatan
- Farith “Matthew” Huamancaja
- Jose “Pandaboo” Hernandez
- Juan David “Vintage” Angulo Nicho (coach)
“Today we’d like to announce the departure of our team. As an organization we are proud to have competed at a high level in TI11 consolidating a Top 6 and also in other international tournaments such as Stockholm Major and ESL Malaysia.” announced by the organization on their official Facebook page.
The roster change by Thunder Awaken was announced after their South American rival, Beastcoast, announced their newest roster for the 2022-2023 DPC Season. Beastcoast replaced their departing players, Jean “Chris Luck” Salazar and Adrian “Wisper” Dobles, with former Thunder Awaken players Herrero “Darkmago” Gonzalo and Rafael “Sacred” Yonatan.
Despite losing two of their core roster, many expected Thunder Awaken to rebuild the roster along with their three remaining members. However, Thunder Awaken did the opposite and decided to entirely let go of their DOTA 2 roster. It seems that excellent results do not matter that much for Thunder Awaken as they decided to rebuild their roster. Only time will tell if they made the right decision going into the DPC 2022- 2023 season.
No announcements have been made yet from Thunder Awaken regarding their new roster. Thunder Awaken will reportedly announce its new roster in the coming weeks. Mystery awaits their new roster as no rumors have been found regarding their decisions.