“At our core, the pairing of Ohaiyo (Xin Khoo Chong) and DJ (Djardel Jicko B. Mampusti) was always incredibly important to lock down,” the announcement reads. “They forge a solid foundation for the roster, both in their world class ability and in significance to the Fnatic legacy. Joining them are new faces in Jacky ‘EternalEnVy’ Mao and Johan ‘pieliedie’ Åström who both come into the team from Cloud9.”
EternalEnVy and pieliedie join from Cloud9, which parted ways with its players last week. Previously parts of Team NP, the group of players was purchased by Cloud9 ahead of The International 7, but the team was eliminated in the lower bracket of the main stage by Team Empire. Fnatic, meanwhile, didn’t even qualify for the main stage of TI7 as one of the first two teams eliminated.
Xcalibur was a former stand-in player for Fnatic.EU in 2014. He’s since been a part of 11 different Dota 2 teams, most recently playing with Crescendo. He’s also known as a talented Dota 2 solo queue player in Europe, as he is fourth on the European ladder with 9,181 MMR points.
“The past year has been very difficult for us in-game and out,” said Ohaiyo in the announcement. “While I was glad that we were able to make it to TI, ultimately we did not perform to standard the rest of the teams were setting. Some of the problems we identified were that we were lacking a proper play style and obvious in-game leader. Due to that, we have decided to bring in Envy, Pieliedie and Xcalibur. I am personally very excited for this roster and the depth we have heading into the new season. I hope that with this new lineup, we’ll able to try harder and also bring in a lot more consistency than we had before.”
With the three new additions, the team has parted ways with Lai “Ahjit” Jay Son, Kim “QO” Seon-yeop, and Kim “Febby” Yong-min. The final roster includes the three new players, Ohaiyo and DJ.
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