has always been one of the top teams and powerhouse in the Southeast Asian region, so ever since the series of high-profile player departures in early-2017, the community has been abuzz with discussions and rumors of who will join the new Fnatic
Following a disappointing run in the ESL One Genting tournament, Muhammad "inYourdreaM" Rizky
and stand-in Wei Poong “YamateH” Ng
left the Fnatic
And soon after in February, long-time Fnatic captain Yee Fung “Mushi” Chai
too announced his departure from the team in an abrupt manner. The remaining two players Chong Xin “Ohaiyo” Khoo
and Yong-min “Febby” Kim
then went on a hiatus, sitting out of all recent tournaments as they began their search for players to complete the roster.
Only Febby and Ohaiyo remain on the Fnatic roster.
At the present time, the Fnatic
Dota 2 roster has Ohaiyo
in the offlane role and Febby
as one half of the support duo, which means they will be looking for a mid, a carry and a support player.
With ex-captain Mushi
absent from the new roster, that also opens up the possibility of some ex-players returning to join forces with Ohaiyo
, which might be exciting to some long-time SEA Dota fans.
10 Players Who’re Most Likely to Join the New Fnatic Roster
1. Sunyeob "QO" Kim (Mid)
Following the disbandment of ppd
’s NA Qualifier team WanteD
is now a free agent. As Febby
’s old comrade in MVP Phoenix
and a highly-skilled mid player, we think he’s one of the top candidates who might join Fnatic in 2017.
2. Djardel "DJ" Mampusti (Support)
was the star player of the 2016 Fnatic
roster that placed fourth at TI6. He made a decision to return home to the Philippines afterwards in order to accompany his family, and he was last seen playing on his old team Execration
. After the short break and Execration
’s lacklustre performance in the Kiev SEA Qualifiers, it’s highly possible that DJ
will consider returning to join Ohaiyo
for yet another competitive season.
3. Galvin "Meracle" Kang (Carry)
was last seen playing in team Mineski
for the Kiev SEA Qualifiers, but he was not part of the newly-announced roster led by Mushi
, making him a free agent at the current time. With his strong individual skills as a core player and taking into account the fact that he used to team with Ohaiyo
back in Titan
, we believe that he’s one of the top candidates to join the new Fnatic
4. Adam “343” Shah (Support)
Yet another player who was part of the successful TI6 Fnatic
played for team B)ears
in the Kiev EU Qualifiers. The team did not qualify for the major, and we’re not sure if he will choose to stay in EU or return to Malaysia once again. Once the drafter for Fnatic
back in 2016, his knowledge and ability as a strategist might just be what the new Fnatic
needs after Mushi’s
5. Wei Poong “YamateH” Ng (Mid)
Previously a stand-in for Fnatic
during ESL One Genting and last seen playing in the Kiev SEA Open Qualifiers with team New Beginning
is old friends with Ohaiyo
times and without doubt one of the strongest mid players in SEA. We’re excited to see if this Dota legend will return to Fnatic
as an official player this time.
6. Wai Pern “Net” Lim (Support)
high-profile departure from Fnatic
had caused a huge stir in the Dota 2 community back in 2016, and he was last seen playing in team White Fries Gaming
. Though there might still be some bad blood between him and the management, with Mushi
absent from the new roster there’s a chance that legendary support player Net
might return to the team.
7. Joel “Xtinct” Chan (Support)
Once part of the legendary SEA support duo with Net
is also an old friend of Ohaiyo’s
. He was last seen playing under the Mineski Malaysia
banner in the Kiev SEA Qualifiers together with Mushi
. We’re unsure of his upcoming plans, but it’s always exciting to speculate the possibility of the legendary support duo reunited under the Fnatic
banner, though in which case a role switch might become necessary.
8. Hock Chuan “ChuaN” Wong (Support)
One of the most popular Dota 2 players, ChuaN
is without doubt a valuable asset to any organization looking to pick him up. Ever since he announced his retirement, ChuaN’s
whereabouts have been a topic of debate and concern amongst fans. He was last seen playing with Ferrari_430
in team Newbee.Boss
, but since the team was said to be for “entertainment purposes
”, we’re excited to see if he will return to join the Malaysian team after his semi-break from the competitive scene.
9. Pipat "LaKelz" Prariyachat (Carry)
is known to be one of the best carry players in SEA with solid individual skills, and was last seen coaching top Thai team Trust
. Should Fnatic
be looking for strong core players, putting the potential language barrier aside, LaKelz
is definitely one of the prime candidates.
10. Jio "Jeyo" Madayag (Carry)
A veteran player, Jeyo
was last seen playing in team WanteD
together with ppd
before its disbandment, which means he’s a free agent. He used to be active in the Korean and SEA Dota 2 scenes due to his Filipino heritage, so there’s definitely a possibility that he will return to SEA should there be an offer from Fnatic
Other than some of these more prominent names that come to mind, we’re sure there are other players whose names might have came up in Fnatic’s
internal discussions, perhaps high-MMR ‘pubstars’ such as Malaysian player AlaCrity
and Singaporean player tmt
. As much as we’re excited to see the return of some of the best SEA players who have remained on good terms with Ohaiyo
over time, we’re also eager to see if Fnatic
is able to discover some new talents in their quest to complete the roster.
Who do you think will end up joining the new Fnatic