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Talon Esports End Gaimin Gladiator’s Reign of Terror at Riyadh Masters 2023

Vignesh Raghuram
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Highlights
Talon Esports eliminates the invincible Gaimin Gladiators and securing a Top 3 finish with $1.7 million USD prize winnings.
Nuengnara "23savage" Teeramahanon's remarkable redemption as he silences critics with exceptional gameplay after facing social media ridicule.
Gaimin Gladiators' era of dominance ends with their elimination, concluding an unprecedented winning streak in Dota 2 history, setting new standards in the competitive gaming world.

Talon Esports has accomplished the seemingly impossible at the Riyadh Masters 2023. They not only secured a coveted Top 3 finish in the tournament but also managed to eliminate the seemingly invincible Gaimin Gladiators from the competition. This incredible achievement has earned them a staggering $1.7 million USD in prize winnings, solidifying their position as one of the elite contenders in the Esports world.

The downfall of the Gaimin Gladiators, who had been reigning supreme in Dota 2 throughout the year, marks the end of one of the most dominant eras in the history of competitive gaming. Talon Esports' flawless performance in the face of such a formidable opponent showcases the relentless drive and exceptional talent of the team.

Redemption for 23savage

Nuengnara "23savage" Teeramahanon emerged as the true hero of this epic clash. Just two days prior to the match, he faced ridicule on social media for celebrating prematurely in a previous game, only to suffer defeat.

Yet, the young Thai star demonstrated remarkable resilience and determination, channeling his focus into delivering a breathtaking performance on the battlefield. With a master-class performance on Terrorblade in Game 1 and arguably an even better performance on Monkey King on Game 3, he silenced his detractors and proved that it is going to take more than just social media ridicule to stop his ascent.

End of an Era for Gaimin Gladiators

Gaimin Gladiator’s elimination marks the end of one of the most dominant winning sprees in Dota 2 history. The Western European powerhouse had enjoyed an extraordinary winning streak, triumphing at The Lima Major 2023, The Berlin Major 2023, and the Bali Major 2023, each time securing an impressive $200K in prize money. This extraordinary run had set a new standard in Dota 2 history, as no other team in history had managed to clinch three consecutive DPC Majors with the same roster.

Gaimin Gladiators at The Riyadh Masters 2023

The Gladiators' dominance extended beyond the physical LAN tournaments, as they continued to assert their supremacy in the online realm as well. The team emerged victorious in DreamLeague Season 19 and 20, competing against top-tier teams from around the world and securing an impressive $300K in each of these tournaments. 

Despite their recent setback, the Gaimin Gladiators have proven time and again that they are a force to be reckoned with. As they regroup and prepare for The International 2023, the biggest tournament of the year, they will undoubtedly have ample time to reset and rebuild their strategies. 


All eyes are now fixed on the upcoming Lower Bracket Finals featuring Talon Esports against Team Liquid. The rematch promises to be a clash of titans, with both teams in peak form, hungry for victory and a shot at the grand finals against Team Spirit.


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Vignesh has been covering the esports industry for nearly 5 years starting with the early days of the DPC. His industry expertise includes experience in Dota 2, CS:GO and Mobile Esports coverage.

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