The Dota 2 MMR leaderboards are only restricted by the skills of the player. The never-ending grind of Dota 2 just gained a new benchmark. Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon has become the first-ever player to reach 12,000 MMR in the game.
23savage announced his achievement on Twitter on March 2, 2021. He was also the second player to reach the 11,000 MMR mark, right after Evil Geniuses’ mid-laner “Abed” Azel L. Yusop had achieved the feat. Abed was also the first Filipino player to reach 9,000 MMR in 2016, and the first player to reach the 10,000 MMR under Valve’s old and new match making rating systems.
This talented 18-year-old has barely played in the top tiers of professional Dota 2, though. With a brief, 10-month stint in Fnatic ending in 2020, 23savage has been unable to play with any professional Dota 2 teams since. Even with first-place finishes across Tier 2 tournaments with Fnatic, in a surprise move, the team decided to let go of the player in July 2020.
He was then signed by Vici Gaming in November 2020, but wasn’t able to play at the time because of COVID-19 travel restrictions. As time went by, the language barrier issue also became prominent, resulting in Vici Gaming deciding to let go of 23savage in January 2021. The player had not played a single match under the Vici Gaming banner. His only chance at playing in the DPC 2021 was when BOOM chose 23savage as a stand-in for their matches. He had temporarily replaced the Indonesian player Andrew “Drew” Halim, who is no longer with BOOM Esports.
Lucky for him, T1 picked 23savage today. After the departure of their Laotian carry player Souliya “JaCkky” Khoomphetsavong, T1 will be letting 23savage handle the carry role’s reigns. Following the backlash that T1 received after letting go of JaCkky right after the team qualified for the DPC 2021 Season 1 Major, 23savage might have some unwanted pressure on his shoulders for a while. How he handles it will be seen in the Singapore Major, which starts March 27, 2021.