The Singapore Major Group Stage
is now underway! With Dota 2 fans finally seeing how teams from across different regions match-up against one another, Thunder Predator
have stood out amongst the pack. South America's second-place team are currently undefeated in the Group Stage with a 4-0-0 record, the next closest team being PSG.LGD
with a 1-2-0 record. While Thunder Predator are almost guaranteed a winner’s bracket spot, two of their remaining three series are against PSG.LGD and Vici Gaming
, and might prove to be a challenge.
The team’s successes have catalyzed strong discussions on South America’s strength as a region. While South America has been hindered by lack of support and infrastructure, Thunder Predator’s success is a symbol for the tenacity of South American fans and players. Despite a travel time of around 24 hours to get to Singapore, it seems Thunder Predator are not letting their opportunity go to waste.
The recognition of South American Dota has been a long time coming. The likes of Pain Gaming and Infamous have left their mark on Dota 2 history at The International in past years. Thus, it is not a surprise that Thunder Predator are doing well.
The success of Thunder Predator has also brought along discussion about the strength of the South American region as a whole. Gustavo “D2Bowie” Mattos has been a long time supporter of his home region