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Shortly after the conclusion of the $20.9 million tournament the International 6, the team lost two of their strongest assets in midlaner Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng as well as their support duo, Djardel “DJ” Jicko Mampusti and Adam Erwann Shah "343" bin Akhtar Hussein. The players left despite the team having the most successful run out of any Southeast Asian team in attendance at Valve’s Dota 2 world championship, coming in in fourth place.
As a result of these departures, Fnatic’s Dota 2 squad has undergone substantial changes, with three players from TNC Gaming joining up with the team’s remaining original members Chai “MuShi” Yee Fung and Chong “Ohaiyo” Xin Khoo. The players joining Fnatic are Marc “Raven” Polo Luis Fausto, Nico “eeyou” Barcelon, and Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho.
While TNC’s roster did succeed in reaching a top-six finish at the International 6, all members of the squad left the team as the Dota 2 offseason began. Odds are that Fnatic presented a better offer to the three players than TNC could compete with, given the European organization’s long-lasting tenure in esports.
The Southeast Asian Dota 2 scene appears to have entered a golden age, as teams from the region have consistently shown strong international performances throughout 2016. This has now lead to players from the region being offered to compete together with western teams. A notable example is Team Secret, who now house MidOne and former MVP Phoenix stars Pyo “MP” No-a and Lee “Forev” Sang-don.
The new Fnatic roster will be making its debut at the Mineski Pro Gaming League from Sept. 9-11.