Following the 4th place finish at The Internation 6, where Fnatic exceeded expectations even though they lost in the Semifinals to Digital Chaos, which still saw $1,453,932 US dollars fall onto their lap, the team lost three of their players. The results with the new lineup weren’t like they expected, so they left on November 28, 2016. Finally, after a month of searching, Fnatic found a couple of players to join the team on a permanent basis and a temporary stand-in for ESL One Genting.
According to the official announcement on the Fnatic website, the team is reinforced by Muhammad “inYourdreaM” Rizky and Kim “Febby” Yong-min as permanent players and Ng “YamateH” Wei Pong as the position 5 stand-in. While you can read the whole thing by following this LINK, let’s talk about the important bits.
Speaking of the need for changes, Eric “reinnnn” Khor Wei Soon said:
“As the team’s progress plateaued in the aftermath of our September reshuffle, one of the problems identified was a lack of consistency in play. What we could see was five individually brilliant and committed players, who didn’t share the same direction to win matches. Obviously this hindered the team from challenging at premier tournaments, so as we have contemplated this new lineup, player compatibility has been paramount in our selection.”
Concerning the players, reinnnn said:
“First off, let us welcome Febby to our ranks, joining the team after a very successful period with MVP Phoenix. A definite cause for excitement among Fnatic Dota 2 fans, Febby has established himself in recent times as arguably the most gifted No. 4 in all of South East Asia. Taking up the same role within Fnatic, we’re hyped to see him continue this form long into 2017.
In his rookie year, InYourDream will be starting his own professional adventure, competing on our lineup as a rotating mid and carry with Mushi. Among the most skilled new players on the SEA server, the young indonesian boasts one of the highest MMRs in the region. Having caught the eye of our veteran players and support staff alike, we’re excited to see what his raw, new perspective will bring to the fray.
Completing the lineup will be the DotA veteran and legend of the game, Yamateh, standing in temporarily for us at ESL One Genting, playing as our hard support. With multiple premier appearances and a world of experience under his belt, we’re pumped about what he’s got to offer, especially seeing him side by side with Mushi, his rival from days gone by.”
Hopefully, the new Fnatic roster can boast the synergy both in and out of game, bring many glorious victories to the legendary Fnatic brand.