After three months to adjust, Beastcoast is back in Dota 2, announcing an all-Peruvian squad today as they gear up for a return to the competitive scene. True to their word, the organization has stuck by South American Dota—but the new young roster has quite the legacy to uphold.
Beastcoast returned to Dota on Jan. 26 with Yheremi “payk” Paucar Arroyo, Luis “Lumpy” Villarreal Yausin, Pablo “Vitaly” Angulo, Joel “MoOz” Ozambela, and Anthony “Gardick” López pulling on the black-and-blue for the 2024 season. With players’ ages ranging from 18 to 26, Beastcoast boasts a combination of experience and youth unique to the region and will hit the ground running in a fortnight.
The roster competed under “Bulls” through January 2024, with the squad cleanly sweeping the open qualifier for BetBoom Dacha Dubai but exiting in fifth with a loss to BOOM Esports. Fans may be familiar with team captain and support Gardick, who headed up a Hokori outfit that made the playoffs of The International in 2021. Many may also recognize MoOz, who returns to Beastcoast after a stint with the org back in 2019 and 2020.
But many are questioning the pedigree of the new squad and whether they can keep the BC name strong after a stellar 2021 and 2022, which saw the Héctor “K1” Rodríguez and Jean Pierre “Chris Luck” Salazar-led team clinch South America’s best finish at The International 2022. After numerous roster movements which saw K1 take a break from competition and the acquisition of David “Parker” Nicho Flores, the squad was let go after a poor finish in last year’s edition of TI.
At the time, Beastcoast stated they wouldn’t be going anywhere and planned to return to competitive Dota with a South American roster, a promise first thought unlikely to be fulfilled. Nevertheless, they’re back and are hoping to capitalize on a turbulent South American region that is open for the taking after many roster changes in the offseason.
Beastcoast is likely to make its first appearance at Games of the Future 2024 before taking on Qhali in the ESL One Birmingham 2024 SA closed qualifier, with a single spot at the first EPT Major of 2024 up for grabs.