The post TI shuffles are always the most exciting ones, and this year does not disappoint.
After Na’Vi announced earlier today a roster without Dendi for the first time in eight years, it’s Fnatic’s turn to officially wave goodbye to their emblematic player, Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao.
EnVy has been with Fnatic for the whole past year, joining them along with Johan “pieliedie” Åström from Team NP, Envy’s personal project, signed just ahead of TI7 by Cloud 9. However, after a bottom four finish last year at The International, the entire roster was dropped, but the two players moved together to South East Asia to play under Fnatic’s banner.
Unfortunately, they didn’t register any improvement in terms of TI placement this year, despite having a very promising roster. Fnatic placed bottom four and in the tournament aftermath, three players are now free to join other teams.
“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 accomplish. 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 goodbye.” – Jacky ‘EternalEnvy’ Mao
Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora was Fnatic’s latest addition, joining the team in the final official shuffle pre TI8, in January 2018. His arrival at the Fnatic team house kept the headlines for days as him replacing Khoo “Ohaiyo” Chong Xin was one of the most controversial swaps at that time. Despite the great efforts done by everyone involved, and despite having a TI winner and one of the best offlaners in the world on their side, Fnatic managed to mess up on the last day of the group stage in Vancouver and lose the upper bracket seed. In the Main Event of TI8 they got knocked out in the first round by Team Serenity.
A day after everyone was returning back home from Canada, Universe was announced to have joined forces with the ex-VGJ.Storm team, replacing Jingjun “Sneyking” Wu. Rumor has it that EnVy will play once again from the North American region and he will not be joined by Pieliedie.
“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
While EE-sama tweeted today that his “new team is complete”, Pieliedie hasn’t confirmed anything just yet.
Only thing I can say is my team is complete after lots of stuffs. Not up to me when it can be released!
— EternaLEnVy (@EternaLEnVy1991) September 1, 2018
Feels preeeeetty bad right now…
Hopefully brighter days ahead.
Good luck to the non eliminated.
I WILL BE BACK.
— Johan Åström (@PieLieDieDota) August 21, 2018
With these three gone, Fnatic are now down to two players, the Filipino duo Abed “Abed” Yusop and Djardel “DJ” Mampusti being the foundation around which Fnatic will rebuild for the next season.
Fnatic current roster:
– Abed “Abed” Yusop
– Djardel “DJ” Mampusti