With the DPC 2023 season having started in full force, we thought it was only right to take a look at our very own partner team, Thunder Awaken.
Thunder Awaken roster and results
And while we're certainly biased, it's hard to argue against the fact that the team showed a phenomenal performance throughout 2022, and is therefore coming into the 2023 season with some high expectations on their shoulders.
Just a cursory glance at the team's successes last year underlines just what we mean here. Thunder Awaken is heading into 2023 after having won every single tour last year - and that's far from their only achievement in 2022.
They started off 2022 strong, not only coming third in the Tour 1 Regional Final, but were crowned the champions of BTS Pro Series Season 10: Americas, after defeating 4 Zoomers in the grand final.
But we're still not done listing the team's achievements last year - in fact, we've arguably saved the best for last. Thunder Awaken set a new record for the South American Dota 2 scene when they not only made it through to The International 2022, but secured an incredible 5th-6th place. That's the highest ranking for a South American team in Dota 2 history, beating the previous record of Infamous' 7th-8th placement at The International 2019.
And the team will certainly be keen to build upon its past successes, as it heads into 2023 with an all-new roster. The Thunder Awakens lineup consists of Aliaksei "Smiling Knight" Svirydau, Ricardo "Alone" Fernandez, Mario "LittleBoy" Valdivia, Miguel "Michael-" Gomez and Cristian "Accel" Quispe.
The new roster is already showing their worth too - Their debut match for the 2023 season took place yesterday (January 10), in a match against Ravens. They've started off the new season on a strong footing, having claimed a decisive 2-0 victory straight out of the gate.
There's not long to wait before we see them in action again too. Thunder Awaken is due to go up against Keyd Stars at 8:00 PM GMT on January 15 - and you can watch that match at the link above. There's clearly some incredible momentum behind the team, so expectations are high for their performance later this week.