Founded on 23rd July, 2004, Fnatic is a professional Esports organization, based in London. Fnatic ventured into Dota 2 in late 2011 and has undergone various roster changes through the years.
Fnatic’s current Dota 2 roster:
The season started out really rough for Fnatic. Their best result was 2nd place at Summit 8 in December 2017. Things were looking grim , until Universe joined the team on January 14th 2018. Soon after, they got second place at DreamLeague Season 9 and they got 4th place at both ESL One Katowice and Birmingham.
Fnatic qualified for TI8 through the SEA qualifiers. They seemed to be outclassed by both TNC Tigers and TNC predators in the group stages of the qualifier, losing to both of them and placing below them. However, in the final playoffs they beat both those teams and secured their slot for TI8.
About the Squad:
Fnatic’s position 1 player EternaLEnVy, is a very influential personality in the Dota scene. Known for his high-risk high reward plays, Envy makes a lot of questionable moves in many of his games. During his time in Cloud9, Envy established himself as one of the best carries in the world, getting second place in almost every tournament they played in. He has attended every TI since TI4 and is on his mission to claim the Aegis of Champions.
Relatively a newcomer to the scene, Abed started playing competitively at a very young age. He got recognition by climbing the SEA leaderboards. He was the first player to reach 10K MMR and is well-known for his plays on Meepo and Storm Spirit.
Considered by many as the best offlane player in the world, Universe joined Fnatic after he was released from EG in late 2017. His legendary “6 Million Dollar Echo Slam” won EG the Aegis at TI5. Universe has been to every TI and is one of the most experienced players in the scene.
DJ has been in the scene since the Dota 1 days. He is one of the most renowned players in the SEA scene and has played in many SEA teams before. He was originally an offlane player and he is known for his plays on Enigma.
Another veteran from the Dota 1 days, pieliedie is one of the best supports players in the world. The term “tactical feeding” was coined after his space-creation plays on bounty hunter. He is considered to be one of the best Wisp players in the world alongside Liquid’s GH and EGM.
Known for preferring to play for the late-game, Fnatic is really good at turtling. They have a stable roster with some of the best talent in the scene who are capable of handling early pressure from the best of teams. I am expecting them to have an explosive performance at TI8.