The two Thai players will join Talon in Tour 2 of the DPC 2021-2022 in Division 2.

Talon Esports have finalized their Dota 2 roster, signing superstar carry Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon and support player Worawit “Q” Mekchai.

While still new to the Dota 2 scene, Talon are no strangers to building stacked rosters. This iteration is no exception. These two new additions come after the departure of renowned captain Tal “Fly” Aizik and Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte. Talon’s roster for the upcoming Tour 2 of the SEA DPC Division 2 is as follows:

  • Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon
  • Rafli Fathur “Mikoto” Rahman
  • Damien “kpii” Chok
  • Brizio Adi Putra “Hyde” Budiana
  • Worawit “Q” Mekchai
  • Coach: Lee “Forev” Sang-don

A Fresh Start for 23Savage, A New Role for Q

23Savage was most recently placed on “inactive” status on T1 after Tour 1 of the SEA DPC concluded. He would go on to be replaced by Gabbi during the Regional Finals, before finally being let go officially a couple of days ago.

This move confused many fans – seeing as T1 were widely regarded the most successful SEA team in 2021. Between being the champions of ESL One Summer 2021, and placing 3rd at the AniMajor, they had no shortage of strong international showings either. Of course, 23Savage was a huge part of T1’s strength – and Talon will be banking on him to take them the distance.

As for Q, this signing will mark an entirely new era for him. Prior to joining Motivate.Trust in 2019 and playing as their Position 4, Q started his career playing carry. With this move, he will switch from Position 4 to Position 5. With that said, he will have huge shoes to fill if he is appointed the captain’s role.

Can Talon Soar Again?

For all the hype their roster generated, Talon’s results were nowhere near what many expected. While fans initially thought Talon would cruise through Division 2 – that was far from the case. Their struggles came as early on as the Open Qualifiers, where they only narrowly made it out.

Their Regional League run would be lackluster as well, ending Tour 1 with a final score of 3-4, placing them 5th.

With the new infusion of these two young Thai players – the roster is once again brimming with potential. As we’ve seen previously though, simply signing big names won’t take you the distance. Talon Esports will be fighting tooth and nail for a slot in Division 1. Tour 2 of DPC 2021-2022 kicks off on March 14th.

UPDATE: Talon have announced the signing of Lee “Forev” Sang-don in the role of coach.

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