EternalEnvy, Pieliedie and Universe depart Fnatic's Dota 2 roster post the conclusion of TI8. Jacky Mao, Johan Astrom and Saahil Arora, as they are known, respectively have decided to take their leave and will not be seen in Orange and Black jerseys.
This expected announcement comes after Fnatic's poor performance at TI8 despite a great start in the group-stage, however, eventually falling prey to Team Serenity and crashing out of the tournament.
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 accomplished. 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 good bye. - Jacky Mao
After playing for Fnatic in SEA for a year, it's time to say goodbye. This whole year has been very up and down. But, overall, has been a positive experience for me as a player and a person.
Going back to playing for an established professional organisation and having that support was great, and living in a team house for a year was incredibly interesting as well as challenging at the same time.
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 Astrom
Playing with Fnatic, I had my fair share of ups and downs; I believe the team had lots of potential to which we unfortunately didn't fulfil in the end. Despite all of that, I personally enjoyed my time with the team and feel like I learned a lot, not only about Dota but about life itself.
I would like to thank my teammates and Fnatic for the opportunity they gave me this past season. - Saahil Arora
In the upcoming season, Fnatic has retained Abed "Abed
" Yusop and Djardel "DJ
" Mampusti with the latter signing a multi-year deal that'll see him stay at Fnatic for a longer duration. The team will be built around this Filipino duo, and it's widely speculated that former Mineski and TNC players will join forces to make a Super Team.
On the other hand, Curtis "Aui_2000
" Ling will also depart the organization as the head coach.
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