Following a rough start in the Dota Pro Circuit, Fnatic announced a few changes in within their team.
First and foremost, they benched out Steve ‘Xcalibur’ Ye and welcomed to the team the SEA 10K MMR player Abed ‘Abed’ Yusop. This decision will bring Fnatic a penalty in qualifying points earned if they are to reach any of the minors and majors before the next shuffle window.
Despite my short stay in Fnatic’s active roster my experience in the team has been invaluable. I have learned so much from my teammates during our replay sessions. I will definitely try to find a new team to play with again and I want to thank everyone in Fnatic for the experience.” – Steve ‘Xcalibur’ Ye
Since the start of the new season, Fnatic played in five tournaments qualifiers but haven’t been able to win any of them. However, a stroke of luck saw them participating at the ESL One Hamburg Major at the end of October, as replacements for HappyFeet, and last week they’ve been traveling to AMD SAPPHIRE Dota Pit Minor as replacements for Mineski. Unfortunately, they finished bottom two in both of the events and an imminent changed was expected by many, especially after Abed announced his departure from Digital Chaos a few weeks ago.
Abed joining Fnatic is not the only change that the organization is making. They also waved goodbye to their coach, Ahmad ‘ADTR’ Syazwan and welcomed Adam ‘Adam/343’ Shah in his place. Adam has been part of the Fnatic active roster and their drafter at The International 2016 when they placed 4th in Seattle, which is their best record so far.
Hyped to be part of FNATIC again. There’s a long road ahead of us and I’m looking forward to the ride!” – Adam ‘Adam/343’ Shah
Fnatic current roster:
Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao
Abed ‘Abed’ Yusop
Chong Xin ‘Ohaiyo’ Khoo
Djardel ‘DJ’ Mampusti
Johan ‘pieliedie’ Åström
Coach: Adam ‘Adam/343’ Shah