Talon Esports Announces Departure of Dota 2 Lineup
Talon Esports announced the departure of its Southeast Asian Dota 2 lineup, a squad that had emerged as a powerhouse in the region and on the global stage. Talon’s roster, featuring Nuengnara "23savage" Teeramahanon, Rafli "Mikoto" Fathur Rahman, Anucha "Jabz" Jirawong, Worawit "Q" Mekchai, and Chan "Oli" Chon Kien, has been disbanded after a series of strategic discussions within the organization.
This lineup had elevated Talon’s status in the competitive circuit, with stellar performances at significant esports events such as the Riyadh Masters 2023 and the Lima Major 2023, where they secured Top 3 finishes, showcasing a level of play that was both innovative and inspiring. Its tactics and teamwork had become a benchmark for teams across Southeast Asia, propelling the region into a competitive stance that challenged even the most established teams from Europe.
Talon Parts Ways With Dota 2 Lineup after a poor showing at The International
However, despite its previous successes, Talon’s journey at The International 2023 (TI12) fell short of expectations. The team concluded its run with a 12th place finish, a result that, by its standards, may have signaled a need for change.
The announcement highlights an end of an era for Talon Esports’ Dota 2 ambitions and a recognition of the achievements this lineup has garnered. Qualifying for two TIs is no small feat, and the team's performances at major tournaments have not only won them a plethora of fans but also cemented its legacy as one of the most formidable teams to represent Southeast Asia.
It will be interesting to see if the players continue to stick around in the SEA region or take their talents elsewhere. Earlier last year, 23savage had stated that he was approached by Western European powerhouse OG, to play as its carry following the conclusion of The International 2021 (TI10).
Oli had also experienced success with his stint in Invictus Gaming from 2018 to 2022, winning DOTA Summit 11 and ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021. So a return to China could also be potentially on the cards if things lineup.
However, it is more likely for the squad to stick together and find a new organization for itself heading into next season.