Thunder Predator received a spot at the Chongqing Major after Valve disqualified Pain X. Valve’s decision came even as PainX had approached them on clarification for the same. However, despite Valve clearly stating that the players need to be present in South America for an extended period of time, Pain X decided to ignore this directive. Their qualification from South America definitely does not provide any help for the South American scene. The inability of local teams to scrim against Pain X means that local teams do not gain any advantage from Pain X participating in the South American regional qualifiers.
With PainX’s disqualification, the next team in the qualifiers received a direct invite to the Chongqing Major. The fact that they were able to reach the Top 3 is exactly why they are a team capable of causing a few upsets at the Major.
Thunder Predator release Jeimari
Thunder Predator is a relatively unknown South American team. They are not the best team in South America, but they are consistently amongst the Top 5 in the region. They have now announced that they will part ways with Jeremy “Jeimari” Ruiz Aguinaga. Jeimari was an integral part of the team’s success in recent months. He has spent a total of one year with the team and has helped them achieve success in various Dota 2 Major qualifiers. However, their decision to replace him with another player is definitely baffling. There are many routes for the team as they attempt to make an impact at the Chongqing Major.
They can either add a star player or they might search for local players. They have the option to choose players who are readily available. With the Chongqing Major coming up in under a month, the team needs to act fast. They need to ensure that the new addition is ready to play alongwith the rest of the team. They do not have much time to develop synergy and playstyle. As such, raw skill will be a huge factor in their decision.
Thunder Predator Roster:
- Juan “Atun” Ochoa
- Frank “Frank” Arias
- Farith “Matthew” Puente
- Sergio “Prada” Toribio