Following the conclusion of the inaugural DPC, we have parted ways with four of our Dota 2 personnel. We thank Jacky ‘EternalEnvy’ Mao, Saahil ‘Universe’ Arora and Johan ‘PieLieDie’ Åstrom for their time at Fnatic.
Also departing the Fnatic Dota team will be head coach, Curtis ‘Aui_2000’ Ling.
Since creating the roster after The International 2017, we saw the team slowly grow to a team competitive with a new global style throughout the 2017-2018 season.
We began the season slowly before qualifying for the first two Majors, ESL One Hamburg 2017 and DreamLeague Season 8. It was The Summit 8 & 9 and DreamLeague Season 9 that represented our best performances, however, with a grand final in each of those tournaments.
Despite seven top 4 finishes throughout the season, we fell one game short of automatically qualifying for The International 2018, through DPC seedings, as we lost to Optic Gaming in the semifinal of ESL One Birmingham 2018.
Our result at The International 2018, the crux of the DPC season, sadly did not end to the full capabilities of our potential. Despite a promising start in the group stage, we eventually lost out to the Chinese roster of Team Serenity in the first round of the play-offs.
Now, we look to anew and say our goodbyes to three players and a coach who have some of the most experience in the game.
The team and remaining members have learnt a lot of fresh and unique play styles & strategies in this iteration of Fnatic Dota, especially under the captaincy of EternalEnvy and we will treasure everything that he has taught us moving forward.
"Playing in SEA and with Fnatic has been a great and important experience. It was my first time outside of Toronto, my first time living in a team house - all in the region of the most passionate Dota.
Our end result is disappointing and not what we aimed to accomplished. 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." - Jacky ‘EternalEnvy’ Mao
He arrived with a support who is a role model in his particular position; PieLieDie exemplifies a particular support style as he opened our eyes on how the sacrificial support role can be played.
“After playing for Fnatic in SEA for a year, it's time to say goodbye. This whole year has been very up and down. But, overall, has been a positive experience for me as a player and a person.
Going back to playing for an established professional organisation and having that support was great, and living in a team house for a year was incredibly interesting as well as challenging at the same time.
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.
I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me and Fnatic throughout this journey.” - Johan ‘PieLieDie’ Åstrom
Arriving to the team later in the season was Universe, who is perhaps the most experienced offlaner in Dota 2 history. It was an honour to see the 28-year old represent the Black and Orange at his eighth The International.
“Playing with Fnatic, I had my fair share of ups and downs; I believe the team had lots of potential to which we unfortunately didn't fulfil in the end. Despite all of that, I personally enjoyed my time with the team and feel like I learned a lot, not only about Dota but about life itself.
I would like to thank my teammates and Fnatic for the opportunity they gave me this past season.” - Saahil ‘Universe’ Arora
FNATIC’S FILIPINO DUO
Going into the 2018-2019 Dota Pro Circuit, we are buoyed by the re-signing of Abed ‘Abed’ Yusop and Djardel ‘DJ’ Mampusti.
Abed, the prodigious SEA core player, signed for us in November of last year. Already he has shown that, still being at the start of his career, his potential in the game could be endless.
DJ has now represented the Black and Orange for well over two years and he has, in that time, proven to be one of the best position 4s in the world. He signs a multi-year contract that will keep him at Fnatic for much longer yet.
More news concerning our roster ahead of the DPC will be coming soon.