Fnatic is ready for the 2019-2020 DPC Season.
The International 2019 was definitely the most interesting and exciting tournament we’ve seen so far. Unfortunately, some teams probably don’t feel the same after they were unable to unleash their full potential.
Fnatic at TI 9
Fnatic came into this years’ TI as one of the “hidden favorites”. Many people considered them to be the strongest SEA team because they had very consistent results throughout the DPC season. However, at TI itself, things did not go as planned for Abed ‘Abed’ Yusop and his teammates.
After their mediocre performance in the group stage, Fnatic had to fight for their survival in the deadly best-of-ones in the Lower Bracket. Sadly, they ran out of luck yet again because their opponent was none other than Team Liquid. Even though they did no go down without a fight, the 13th-16th placement at such an event doesn’t suit a team of Fnatic's caliber.
Fnatic's Post-TI 9 shuffle
🚨 FNATIC DOTA DPC 2019-2020 TEAM 🚨
— FNATIC (@FNATIC) September 4, 2019
Just a couple of days later, Kim ‘DuBu’ Doo-young announced on Twitter that he is looking for a new team. After this post, there were many rumors on Reddit on what is to come for Fnatic, but nothing was confirmed until today.
Today, Fnatic officially announced the addition of two new members to the team - Nuengnara "23savage" Teeramahanon and Kam "Moon" Boon Seng. As you can guess, this means there will be one more player who must leave the team to make space. Unfortunately, this player is Abed, one of the shining stars in SEA.
According to Fnatic, the player departed after the conclusion of his contract. Upon leaving he said the following: "I’d like to thank Fnatic and everyone for believing in me. I’ve enjoyed and learned a lot in the last two years. It was a pleasure to be a part of this team and I’ll always be grateful for the opportunity. I wish them good luck in their future endeavors.”
What now for Fnatic?
Despite the fact that 23savage is just 17 years old, he already made a name of himself during the TI 9 qualifiers. In fact, his team was just one game away from qualifying after the epic Grand Final against Mineski. Following this addition to the squad, Anucha "Jabz" Jirawong will move to the support role in order to make way to 23savage.
The other new team member is Mineski’s midlaner Moon. He had a very solid performance at TI 9 and was the key to their success in most of the games. In Abed's absence, Moon will take the mid role.
Daryl Koh "iceiceice" Pei Xia, Jabz and Djardel "DJ" Mampusti will remain in Fnatic’s roster for this DPC season.
Here is Fnatic’s final roster for the 2019-2020 DPC season from one to five:
- Nuengnara "23savage" Teeramahanon
- Kam "Moon" Boon Seng
- Daryl Koh "iceiceice" Pei Xiang
- Djardel "DJ" Mampusti
- Anucha "Jabz" Jirawong
Apart from Fnatic, we expect to see some news around Mineski as well. After all, three of their players are now officially not playing for them anymore, which means something needs to change.
If you missed any of the TI action, be sure to check our full recaps here.
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