Posted 7th September 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The International 8 was a complete disappointment for Fnatic who finished 13th-16th in the grand finals. For the most part of 2018, they haven’t won a single title yet but managed to rank 2nd place at DreamLeague Season 9 and claim 4th place at ESL One Birmingham and Katowice. It is then evident that 2018 calls for a team revamp. As an answer, Fnatic has officially announced their roster changes for the new Dota Pro Circuit 2018-2019 season.
The team gained no momentum and balance ever since DPC 2017-2018 started. Sure, they showed some signs of improvement, but they weren’t able to secure an invite to any major matches due to low DPC points (currently at 1,267.5). The International 8 saw Team Serenity defeat Fnatic in a best-of-one format during the playoffs—their worst performance in the history of Dota 2 championships.
Before TI8, Fnatic replaced long-time offlaner Chong Xin ‘Ohaiyo’ Khoo with Saahil ‘UNiVeRse’ Arora. But for their upcoming matches from here on, Fnatic will keep two players hailing from the Philippines, Abed ‘Abed’ Yusop and Djardel ‘DJ’ Mampusti, but says goodbye to Johan ‘PieLieDie’ Åström, Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao, and UNiVeRse.
EternaLEnVy has been with Fnatic for almost a year, joining them along with PieLieDie from Natus Vincere’s previous roster. PieLieDie expressed his farewells on his social media: “After our team finished reshuffling, I truly believed we could have become one of the best, if not the best, teams in the world. Unfortunately, that’s not how things transpired. Even though we didn’t reach what I believed to be our potential, I still believe in all my teammates and I know they will do well this upcoming year”. Mao, a former Team Secret and Cloud 9 player, also bids his farewells by saying: “Our end result is disappointing and not what we aimed to accomplish. But I hope what I brought to Fnatic, and SEA as a whole, in my time here will prove useful in the team’s future. As we now part ways, I can only hope we meet once again on the battlefield. Thank you and good bye.”
Dota 2 team VGJ.Storm announced that they will swap out offlane player Jingjun ‘Sneyking’ Wu for Fnatic’s UNiVeRse and now follow Kurtis ‘Aui_2000’ Ling’s commands as the coach. As for the final line-up, Fnatic has not revealed the names of players replacing the three remaining spots. But the team’s official Twitter page is always active and will more likely post new updates in the future.
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