Fnatic's 23savage hits 11,000 MMR, joins Abed in 11K MMR Club

Steven R. July 27, 2020

The 10K MMR Cclub has long been the pinnacle of success in the Dota 2 public matchmaking scene, but the "11K MMR club" may soon render it obsolete. 

Fnatic core player Nuengnara "23savage" Teeramahanon has become just the second player to reach 11,000 MMR. He follows Evil Geniuses mid laner Abed “Abed” Azel L. Yusop in the illustrious grouping, hitting 11,020 MMR. He revealed the achievement on Twitter.

23savage is a hot newcomer to the Dota 2 professional scene, only starting his professional career in 2018. He spent most of 2019 as a stand-in or substitute with various teams including Clutch Gamers, EVOS Esports, and Team Jinesbrus. He went from being an unheralded journeyman to being the starting carry player for Fnatic after the organization shook up its roster in the aftermath of The International 2019.

To this point, the 2019-2020 Dota 2 season has been a strong one for Fnatic. The team posted middling results in the first half of the season, but has since become firmly cemented as the single best team in Southeast Asia over recent months thanks to its complete dominance in regional leagues online. This included a streak in which the team won five events in a row.

Fnatic's 23savage raised his MMR very quickly

23savage’s ascent to 11,000 MMR is doubly impressive because of how quickly he hit that mark. The Thai player didn’t actually reach 10,000 MMR until May 1, meaning that he jumped 1,000 MMR at the highest level in just two and a half months.

With this overwhelming score, 23savage stands as the highest MMR player in the world and stands atop the Southeast Asia MMR leaderboards. In second place behind him is Armel Paul "Armel" Tabios from TNC Predator, who is then followed by Neon Esports’ Rolen Andrei Gabriel "skem" Ong.

So who could be the next to join the 11K MMR club? Armel and skem are both strong candidates, as Southeast Asia’s top players have traditionally been the first to set MMR milestones and have produced more 10,000 MMR players than any other region. 

But don’t sleep on such players as Quincy Crew’s Quinn “CCnC” Callahan, Gambit Esports’ Danil "gpk" Skutin, and CDEC Gaming’s Guo "Xm" Hongcheng.