Fnatic Dota AMA: submit your question now

It's time for another AMA (Ask Me Anything) series from Fnatic. This one will feature our Dota 2 team, who went with a fantastic 20-4 record over the past few weeks. It's your chance to ask Era, H4nn1, Fly, Trixi and N0tail anything you like. 

You can submit your questions right here, below this announcement, or in the official Reddit thread. The guys will do their best to answer as many questions as possible. Their answers will be presented in text-based format early next week. Deadline for submitting your questions is February 28th. They will also pick the best question out of them all (submitted to Fnatic.com) and award the winner with SteelSeries Fnatic QcK+ mousepad

Keep it clean and ask away!


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77 comments

  • RWiller RWiller
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:09
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  • RWiller RWiller
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:10

    What's the reason behind your recent succes? You playing well, unorthodox strategies, or opponents being out of shape?

    Looking forward to TI3? How will you do?

    How often do you practice, and how structured is practice?

    Thanks for the opportunity! :-)

  • hamcake hamcake
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:20

    hon is still better :)

  • fury fury
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:20

    How do you feel about previous HoN players appearing in most of the top dominating EU and US team? Do you feel that coming from HoN gives you guys and the other ex HoN pros a different perspective on the game? Maybe different tactics or attitude?

  • Legolasse Legolasse
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:23

    If I found out a good strat/tactic which I think could see some uses, should I bother mailing you? do you look at such mails? If so, where should I mail my idea?

  • To Do To Do
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:24

    A few questions on the topic of "homework" / studying what the other top teams do:
    1) How much time per week do you guys put into doing your homework on other teams?
    2) How does the time you put into studying other teams compare to the time you spend playing scrims?
    3) Do you also study what the Chinese / SEA teams do or are you mostly focused on EU/US?
    4) Do you think you do more / less than other teams in the EU/US scene?
    5) How much do you think studying other teams influences the draft and how big is the impact of being well prepared?

  • is0s is0s
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:26

    Are you satisfied with how many bans you are given at the moment, or would you perhaps add more bans in the first phase?

  • charlie bentley charlie bentley
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:32

    This is a question aimed at each of you individually, what was it about your role in the team (support, Carry, hardlane etc) that initially attracted to you. This could be getting micro skills from previous games to mean you love those Jungling hero's with creeps, Or do you prefer playing on your own/setting up kills for others.

  • skywalk3rr skywalk3rr
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:33

    It is common knowledge that drafting meta picks often stems from an influence of the Eastern/Chinese scene. Why is it that Western/US/EU teams do not innovate and create their own meta? Are you guys saving special drafts for TI3?

  • JoPerson JoPerson
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:38

    Have you guys been in contact with NoVa_ and FreshPro?

    Any plans on reuniting with them in Dota 2?

    What's Fly's secret in precise and accurate drafting skills?

  • dunkadonk dunkadonk
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:42

    A while ago H4nn1 stated in an interview that he mutes while drafting, but lately we have seen fly doing the drafts. Did you guys switch that role again or are you guys drafting together?

    PS: you guys have been playing awesome dota lately and its lovely too watch! Thumbs up for my favorite team <3

  • Smiley Smiley
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:45

    How often you practise .. can you make some live stream often plss :) I see some of your videos and i like the way you play so .. GL and i want to see you guys on every tournament on DOTA 2 :) ...

    Sorry about my english .. if something is typet wrong :P !!

  • sorreah sorreah
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:46

    Hey guys.

    I was wondering about how competitve players in dota-like games, and especially Dota 2 configure their input devices, and I'm mostly wondering about mice. Seeing how you're some of the top players of Dota 2, I'd like to know about your habits. What DPI do you guys use, what windows settings (Mouse settings -> Pointer Speed and Enhance pointer precision) and at which resolution. Do you prefer acceleration on or off and why? Finally, what grip do you find preferable for such games?

  • Dorjan Dorjan
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:49

    Trixi, as a long time fan of your Valk(mirana) play, do you think she viable in DotA2?

  • Luminous Luminous
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:50

    i have a question to Fnatic.Era. I want to know where he is from coz his real name is an albanian name and i just want to know if he has something to do with albanians

  • Skoven Skoven
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:51

    I want to start off by saying that it has been incredible to see a team, that was bad mouthed so much at the transition, to now preform at absolute top level of western DotA . Usually I ask silly and different questions in threads like these, because I feel , that the same questions are repeated endlessly, and we don't get to know the players through the generic questions. However I will venture into asking more serious ones for this as well.

    * Favorite word (decide yourselves what this question mean)?
    * Cheeseburger or hamburger?
    * Fart jokes or silly ascents?
    * How much fun on a scale (pick one) to look back at all the HoN-trash comments at this point?

    Now on the slightly more serious note.

    * A lot of you have been team mates for a very long time (in an eSports genre that generally is very volatile) , which factors to you contribute the stability your team has achieved that so many others lack?
    * If it isn't giving too much away, is there any hero that you want to find a place for, but just quite can't seem to fit in yet? If that is too much, can you confirm having something awesome in store for eventual use (personally holding out for some sick Kunkka plays)?
    * 2013 has come, and there has been talk here and there of moving into team houses for various teams, will this be something you want to, do you find it unnecessary or is it just not possible at this time?

    I apologize for the lengthy post, and any question answered is much appreciated. Lastly, I just want to thank you all for showing some excellent DotA, it is a pleasure to follow your games in the different leagues, and I look forward to see your performance at upcoming lans.

  • plantcanhon plantcanhon
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:53

    H4NN1: How much do you benchpress? :D

  • plantcanhon plantcanhon
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:54

    Trixi: Are you planning on coming to Summer Assembly 2013? I saw you there on 2011. Hope to meet you again.

  • 1401Ger 1401Ger
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:55

    To all: What are your plans towards TI3 in the following months? Assuming fnatic gets an invite, how much time would you be able to put into a bootcamp etc? What are the most critical things to improve on in your opinions to win against teams like IG or LGD ?

  • Jokkae Jokkae
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:56

    Who would win, if you were all to play eachother in a 1vs1 setting? ( ° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • john sjöberg john sjöberg
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 16:57

    After the transition do Dota 2 you had a rough time getting in to the competitive scene, so my question is how was the mentality during this? Did you always believe that today would come or was it hard keeping the motivation up with bad results?

  • LizardWizardFlippyO LizardWizardFlippyO
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 17:09

    Something I always wonder about is, how you manage a team with different languages? Is it ever a barrier you're not from the same country?

    Also, who makes the calls/picks for you? Is it always something you've planned out pre-match, or do you take it as it comes?

  • eyeless24 eyeless24
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 17:14

    With the performance you guys have had in the past few weeks, I think many would agree that you are the best team in Europe right now. My question to you guys is, how would you deal with the SEA/China teams should you get the chance to play against them because according to many and not just me, they're on a whole different level right now, especially iG,, LGD, DK and Orange and how much do you guys practice? Additionally, how do you juggle between your personal lives and professional gaming?

  • sohnmai sohnmai
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 17:15

    My question is aimed towards n0tail.

    I played lots of HoN before and kept up with the games you played since you were one of the best solo mid heroes at the time.
    When I switched to DotA 2 and caught up with the professional scene, I was pretty surprised that you switched to support.

    Was this change due to the team positions working out better?
    Have you thought about playing solo mid in scrims or is there something other than team positions that make the position unappealing?

    In any case, it's a joy to watch you guys play. Good luck in future tournaments!

  • Ziggitz Ziggitz
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 17:18

    1.) When you practice what is your ratio of solo MM practice to scrim practice as a team?
    2.) What ratio of time do you spend experimenting with new line ups and strategies as a team as opposed to practicing tried and true line ups?
    3.) What individually do you each find you work the hardest on to improve your play individually?
    4.) Do you go into each draft with a specific strategy in mind based on the team you are playing against or do you draft entirely reactively?

  • DrPopular DrPopular
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 17:18

    Due to budget cuts, Valve can't offer a cash prize for TI3. Instead, they leave it up to you guys to come up with the grand prize. What would you make it and why?

  • mr kitty cat mr kitty cat
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 17:24

    Trixi: how does it feel to be the hope of finnish dota at the moment?

  • DrouGluiN DrouGluiN
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 17:37

    How many hours have you played dota 2 on steam? Do you think it took you guys long(like a year?) to get used to dota 2 instead of HoN. Out of dota 1, 2 and HoN which is "your game"? Is it worth buying the QcK+ mousepad? Thinking of buying one and I assume you use them yourself.

  • kuangziyang kuangziyang
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 17:40

    What do you think sets you apart from the rest of the teams in western DotA right now?

  • depthcore depthcore
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 17:45

    to whoever feels like answering :
    Q1 - Is there something you would like to change in the way the game is played right now?
    Q2 - Do you think there are sill undiscovered strategies and styles of play.
    Q3 - Can you describe how you imagine the game to be played, one year from now.

  • eleccz eleccz
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 18:02

    What does N0Tail think about Wisp pickers?

  • Tamaaas Tamaaas
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 18:17

    Will you win the Grand Final of TI3 against iG 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2?

  • dualistic dualistic
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 18:20

    Are you guys still in contact or even playing with FreshPro? What happened with his health issues?

  • nYTOLM nYTOLM
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 18:31

    what your reason when you win ?(for all)

  • oliver stenkilde oliver stenkilde
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 18:32

    How difficult were the transition from HoN to Dota2? And do you think it would be hard to transition back if you EVER would go back?

  • rohan erulkar rohan erulkar
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 18:48

    Comments on your Team and Dota 2's Growing Community ?
    Will Dota 2 be the Best Game Ever Made :D ?
    Which Heroes you guys want quick from Valve :D ?

  • nimish zanwar nimish zanwar
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 18:49

    how do u manage between playing and ur real life like studying and stuff and what do u plan on doing after u leave dota

  • Gooby Gooby
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 19:12

    @Fly: Are there any big differences in the drafting in Dota 2 compared to HoN? If any, what?
    @All: Are you still in contact with NoVa_?
    @Trixi: How could we improve the Finnish Dota 2-scene?

  • nicolae andrei nicolae andrei
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 19:28

    Who do you guys think is the best team at this moment ?

    And please put more video's in the youtube channel !!!!

  • Kraut Kraut
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 20:25

    Hey guys,
    A couple questions here;

    -What do you feel was the most difficult to transition between HoN and DotA?
    -With laguage barrier being the reason for EE getting kicked from NTH, how do you guys overcome that gap?
    -Do you ever scrim vs teams in the Chinese scene?
    -if yes, are you able to compete with them (because it appears to be a lot different than the NA EU scene)?
    -if no, do you guys feel confident facing them when TI3 comes around?
    -Or will it be another Chinese domination
    -Lastly, WHERE IS YOUR PENNANT!!!!!!!?

  • Dumpofdeath Dumpofdeath
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 20:26

    Everybody sees you guys playing games all the time, but what do you guys do between matches?

  • Kingstoned Kingstoned
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 20:43

    - How do you structure your pratice as in teamplay?
    - Which advice would you give (to low level teams) to perform better?
    - How many heroes should reasonable player be confortable with?
    - Shoud a player be able to play with different types of heroes or sitck to the same, e.g. only plays with support or carry..

    Keep up your great games, im loving them!

  • FabricateD FabricateD
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 21:01

    Was switching from HoN to Dota 2 hard? (Especially n0tail, who I think had no Dota background) Or was it easier because some factors of the game were extremely similar?

  • Mucilon Mucilon
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 21:23

    What you guys think of when they think meepo was available for this game, blow your mind?

    n0tail :D

  • Evdad Evdad
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 22:23

    This one is for n0tail.

    What is it like being captain of Fnatic.EU? I know Liquid.Fluff posts blogs monthly about what it's like for him to be captain of Liquid, but what's it like for you? I'm sure it's different since you're a European team. Some insight would be really neat, thanks a lot!

  • dumborat101 dumborat101
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 22:43

    Alot of people would like the answer to this, I'm sure. The 'pro scene' is notoriously hard to break into, even as a great palyer. You constantly see the same names everywhere, names that cycle between teams over time. Why is this and what can good players do to try to break into the pro scene?

  • puroyo puroyo
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 22:50

    Having played together as long as you have (at least 3 of you) have there been any bumps in the road where you were thinking you wouldn't make it?
    For instance when you changed from Hon to Dota2.

  • fugo fugo
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 22:56

    1)Will we see more casting by h4nni?
    He did an amazing job as a cocaster with tobi.
    2) You play a lot of different lineups.
    How many games do you need to feel comfortable with a new strat. At which point do you prefer a surprise pick over a common, more "metagame-ish" pick

  • Daraiki Daraiki
    Posted Feb 25, 2013 at 23:03

    Congratulations on your recent form, it's a delight to watch you play.
    Now my question:
    In the distant future, when Dota 2 is fully out aka when techies(the destroyer of worlds) is out. Would you ever consider using him in a game and how would you use him(combos,strats, etc. etc.)?
    Be creative with your answer! :D

  • Trock Trock
    Posted Feb 26, 2013 at 02:49

    @h4nn1 how does it feel to be back among the top teams in dota/2? I know you initially did not want to change from HoN, but could you please elaborate the reasoning behind that hesitation.