Fnatic roster changes continue and the situation seems to only get harder. Daryl Koh “iceiceice” Pei Xiang leaves the team after two years spent in the Fnatic jersey.
According to the official announcement made by the organization, iceiceice’s contract has expired and he did not wish to renew it as he “gained an interest in playing for another region while extending his break.”
Mid-August iceiceice took a competitive break, stating that he will return when “the DPC resumes.” However, with Valve announcing their intentions to bring back the Dota Pro Circuit sometime early 2021, iceiceice attempted to end his vacation and re-join the team who was already playing with a stand-in player after kicking Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong. His comeback lasted for just one matchup in the currently ongoing BTS Pro Series: Southeast Asia.
Three days after the rather awkward incident, Fnatic is not only waving goodbye to iceiceice, but also to Nico “eyyou” Barcelon, who has been briefly trying to fill in Jabz’ shoes at BTS Pro Series.
“We will also immediately be releasing Nico ‘eyyou’ Barcelon from our roster. After trialing Nico for one week as captain, we have mutually agreed that it’s best for us to part ways. With that in mind, we will once again have Sangdon ‘Forev’ Lee stand-in for us for the remainder of BTS Pro Series 3 and we will move Kenny ‘Xepher’ Deo to helm the position 5, “announced Fnatic today, September 16, as they stand on a 0-6 loss record in the tournament.
The multiple roster changes made over the last month are attributed by the organization to the great distress that coronavirus generated, not only on a personal level but also in the Dota 2 competitive landscape.
Extract from Fnatic’s announcement:
“As the pandemic evolved, it became clear that it would change everything for the DPC calendar and beyond. TI 2020 was postponed indefinitely, and international events were cancelled, moving to online and regional events. For our roster, built to take on the world at TI, this caused lots of issues. We had a good run of form at the start of 2020, but after that motivation and a difference in personal long term goals started to cause issues.
To tackle these issues we tried to keep the same chemistry that led us to success, giving breaks to some players, and trying to patch our issues with short term fixes or trying to put players in roles they didn’t feel comfortable in. How quick our roster changes have become recently shows that chasing that same chemistry that we had at the start of 2020 hasn’t worked. Our results at BTS Pro Series and ESL One Thailand haven’t been good enough.”
Moving forward, Fnatic will keep bringing aboard trials until they find a fitting formula. The core of the team is now formed by Marc Polo Luis “Raven” Fausto, Kam “Moon” Boon Seng and Djardel Jicko B. “DJ” Mampusti and all three are committed to help the organization build a full team.
“We understand that this is a long-term rebuilding process, and we are prepared to sacrifice our short term results to create the best possible Fnatic Dota 2 roster for the future. We believe this is the right move for Fnatic Dota’s long term success, and our best possible way to become competitive at international tournaments and at TI when they return,” Fnatic commented.
With that in mind, the current roster continuing the journey in the BTS Pro Series Season 3: SEA is as follows:
- Marc Polo Luis “Raven” Fausto
- Kam “Moon” Boon Seng
- Lee “Forev” Sang-don (stand-in)
- Djardel “DJ” Mampusti
- Kenny “Xepher” Deo (stand-in)