After poor performances at both MDL Disneyland® and EPICENTER, Fnatic have announced a few changes to their roster which they will be taking to The International 2019.
Fnatic started of the 2019 Dota 2 Pro Circuit in a promising manner as they went from strength to strength at Major, always improving on their previous results: 7th/8th in Kuala Lumpur, 5th/6th in Chongqing and 3rd in Stockholm. It wasn’t until they headed to Paris for their fourth Major of the season that things begun to look problematic for the Southeast Asian squad. Luckily for them, they had already secured their spot at TI9 via DPC points – but Disneyland® seemed to be where they fell hard and fast as they were knocked out on the first day of the playoffs. The currently ongoing EPICENTER Major would be their chance to comeback but it sadly would go the same way as Paris did – knocked out on the first day of playoffs.
This has resulted in the team, not only leaving Moscow early, but also announcing some roster changes which they are hoping will help them at TI9. The first change is to do with Pyo ‘MP’ No-a, who will be departing from the team. Replacing MP will be the team’s coach, Kim ‘DuBu’ Doo-young who has been with the team since late 2018. DuBu will take a support role which will see Anucha ‘Jabz’ Jirawong move into a carry position. The full Fnatic roster heading to TI9 will be:
- Anucha ‘Jabz’ Jirawong
- Abed ‘Abed’ Azel Yusop
- Daryl Koh ‘iceiceice’ Pei Xiang
- Djardel ‘DJ’ Mampusti
- Kim ‘DuBu’ Doo-young
According to the rules in place, any team who changes their roster after EPICENTER will have to go through regional qualifiers thus it seems that Fnatic took the time to leave Moscow and consider their options before the event ended. While they will possibly incur a small DPC point penalty, it will certainly not be enough for them to lose their spot at The International 2019.
It will be exciting to see what this squad can offer now that they have changed their rosters and we can only hope to see the DreamLeague Fnatic show up to TI9.