The International 2018: Fnatic

Fnatic’s current roster is probably one of the best lineups that EE has ever worked with. Every other team he has captained has always had that one player that fans of the team would rather have replaced. That’s not the case this time around. The lineup is an almost a perfect mixture of experienced and new, hungry players. Few play the 6th position support as well as PLD, DJ is seen as the best support in SEA, Universe is the anchor for the team, and Abed is as talented of a midlaner as there is. The only real question mark on the roster is EE himself. There’s not doubt that he is a great Dota player but unlike other captains, he’s very intense.



That intensity is what drives him, sometimes a bit too far. If he can keep his emotions under control and make informed decisions then Fnatic may be the surprise of TI. The only real question mark on the roster is EE himself. There’s not doubt that he is a great Dota player but unlike other captains, he’s very intense. That intensity is what drives him, sometimes a bit too far. If he can keep his emotions under control and make informed decisions then Fnatic may be the surprise of TI. For the first half of the season, Fnatic were struggling. They were locked in a regional war with Mineski and TNC, and it seemed like they were losing. They’d make tournaments but wouldn’t excel once at LAN. So when it was announced that Universe would join many had high hopes for them. An in a way Fnatic lived up to the expectations. After the change of offlaner, Fnatic was a stable top 4 team in the DPC events they went to. No one can take away Ohaiyo’s accomplishments over the year but replacing him made Fnatic an international threat once again. Can Fnatic win TI? Doubtful. As previously stated this is probably the best Fnatic squad we’ve seen in a while but at the same time, their playstyle isn’t a perfect match for the current patch. EE is a great carry but the current carry meta isn’t one that suits him. Currently, you don’t want that heavy farming core in your safelane, a role EE usually excels at. And while EE is a bit heavy on the farm for his role, Universe is the opposite. The reason EG removed him was because they felt like they needed a more impactful offlaner. Universe doesn’t lose his lane but he doesn’t win it either. Todays offlaners need to have a bigger impact than those of the past. Those are the top two reasons Fnatic will struggle this TI. That doesn’t mean you can write them off as a top 4 finish is definitely within reach.

(1) Jacky "EternaLEnVy" Mao
(2) Abed Aze "Abed" Yusop
(3) Saahil "UNiVeRsE" Arora
(4) Djardel "DJ" Jicko Mampusti
(5) Johan "pieliedie" Åström 
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