Talon Esports has reached a mutual agreement with its Dota 2 roster to part ways
Talon Esports has made an official announcement regarding the disbandment of its highly acclaimed Southeast Asian Dota 2 lineup. This squad had not only established itself as a dominant force within the region but had also gained international recognition for its remarkable performances.
The distinguished roster, consisting of exceptional talents such as Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon, Rafli “Mikoto” Fathur Rahman, Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong, Worawit “Q” Mekchai, and Chan “Oli” Chon Kien, is now parting ways after a series of talks with the SEA giants.
There's a new era coming soon.
After discussions with the team, we have come to the agreement to mutually part ways to allow other opportunities to be explored.
We would like to thank everyone for their contribution to this era of Talon Dota, and wish them the best in their… pic.twitter.com/Glh9RUQ0UA
— TALON (@TALON_ESPORTS) November 6, 2023
The recently dissolved roster played a pivotal role in elevating Talon Esports to new heights within the competitive Dota 2 circuit. Their exceptional performances at prestigious esports events, including the Riyadh Masters 2023 and the Lima Major 2023, not only captured the attention of fans worldwide but also solidified their place among the elite in the esports arena. These remarkable achievements culminated in Top 3 finishes at both tournaments.
Talon Esports Decided to Press the Reset Button Following TI12 Failure
Talon Esports' campaign at The International 2023 (TI12) ended in a manner that was somewhat underwhelming compared to the team's track record. Their journey in this prestigious tournament culminated with a 12th-place finish, a performance that, in the context of their own high standards, prompted a reassessment of their direction.
Rough morning for SEA Dota.
— TALON (@TALON_ESPORTS) October 23, 2023
The team’s 12th-place finish at TI12 triggered a phase of profound self-reflection. This roster had previously enjoyed a reputation as a dominant force in the Dota 2 competitive scene, making their performance at the tournament fall significantly short of both their own and their dedicated fans' lofty expectations.
The Story Ends After a Remarkable Run
This latest announcement marks a significant moment, signifying the end of an era in Talon Esports' Dota 2 history. It not only marks the close of a chapter but also serves as a recognition of the remarkable achievements of this exceptional roster.
Photo Credit: Talon Esports
Earning the privilege to participate in two editions of The International, the world's most prestigious Dota 2 championship, is an achievement that should not be underestimated. It speaks volumes about the team's talent and dedication, as well as their ability to perform at the highest level on the global stage consistently. The team's outstanding performances in major tournaments have also been a source of immense pride for both Talon Esports and their legion of devoted fans.
What’s Next for the Old Talon Roster?
What lies ahead for these players, be it their commitment to the SEA region or their pursuit of opportunities elsewhere, is a compelling question. It's worth noting that 23savage shared an exciting detail last year: he was contacted by OG, a formidable European titan, who expressed a desire for him to become their carry player after The International 2021 (TI10).
Oli's journey in the competitive Dota 2 scene has been multifaceted and marked by significant accomplishments. His time with Invictus Gaming, spanning from 2018 to 2022, was particularly noteworthy. During this period, Oli's skills and contributions were pivotal in securing victories at major tournaments, including the prestigious DOTA Summit 11 and the highly competitive ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021.
Given his past successes with a Chinese team like Invictus Gaming, it's not far-fetched to consider a return to the Chinese competitive scene as a potential option for Oli. The prospect of rekindling old alliances or forging new ones in the heart of the Dota 2 community in China may indeed be on the horizon. Such a move could open up a new chapter in Oli's career, offering fresh opportunities to continue leaving his mark on the competitive Dota 2 landscape.
The prevailing sentiment, however, strongly suggests that the team is inclined to remain together as a unit, pursuing a fresh start under a different organizational banner in the upcoming season.