Fnatic has decided that it is time to change their one season old roster following a string of consecutive defeats and failed qualifications.
The Southeast Asian Giants has decided to drop carry player Marc Polo ‘Raven’ Luis Fausto and support players, Jimmy ‘DeMoN’ Ho and Nico ‘Eyyou’ Barcelon, leaving Chai ‘Mushi’ Yee Fung and Khoo ‘Ohaiyo’ Chong Xin as the only members on the roster once again.
Raven will rejoin TNC gaming to fill the gap left by Mark “Cast” Pilar and Linuel “Teehee” Abanto – both of whom were released from the Philippine team – while Demon and Eyyou’s future are currently unknown.
Arguably, the announcement of the roster change comes as no surprise as their decision to give a def-win to WG.Unity in the SEA Kappa Invitationals and their recent inactivity raised suspicions of an imminent roster change.
Fnatic looked promising after taking in three TNC Gaming players during the post-TI shuffle. In their first tournaments after formation, Fnatic managed to achieve decent results, taking fourth place at the Mineski Pro Gaming League LAN in September and finished third in The Summit 6 SEA qualifiers.
But as other teams improved post-shuffle, Fnatic were unable to keep pace and kept dropping games, getting eliminated in the first round of the Boston Major SEA qualifiers playoffs, and came last at the recent ROG Masters.
“It is unfortunate that the current iteration of Fnatic Dota 2 did not work out as much as I would like it to,” Fnatic Manager Eric ‘reinnnn’ Khor Wei Soon said in the announcement.
“(But) before we move on, I would like to thank Jimmy, Nico and Polo for giving it their all in the few short months that we were together. While the team did not work out, we learned a lot from observing them and hope the best for them in the future. Mushi and Ohaiyo will continue to reform the team to make a comeback in the international scene.”