Fnatic have announced their return to the DotA 2 scene just in time for ESL One Frankfurt and The International 2015 by signing the current Team Malaysia lineup. For many, it was an expected move for Fnatic to sign a roster likely heading to TI5, but it seemed their options were limited, especially after the qualifiers.
Fans of the Esports organization have been without a Dota 2 squad to back for the past 8 months, since the previous team disbanded in November of last year. Today, however, both fans of Team Malaysia and Fnatic received the good news via Twitter and their official website, the Orange and Black banner will hang at the biggest tournament of the year!
Team Malaysia were initially picked up by EHOME as their MY team, but after negotiation breakdowns circling around them not being able to agree on a contract, Mushi and company were left to stand on their own feet. It seemed as though no other organization was looking at picking them up, most notably Orange Esports and Titan, meaning MY would have gone to TI without a sponsor, but that’s no longer the case.
Statement from Mushi, Fnatic DotA 2 Team Captain;
I am very excited to be playing under the name Fnatic. Fnatic is a really legendary name in eSports and I am sure we can go to greater heights under their sponsorship. If you don’t remember, in 2010, Fnatic sponsored my good friends in XCN and they were one of the first Western eSports organisation to invest in the South East Asian scene. I am happy that they have set their sights for South East Asia again and hope that many will follow the lead.
Team Malaysia’s Achievements:
- 3rd i-League S3
- 5-6th SLXII
- 5-6th WCA 2014
- 3rd Redbull Battlegrounds
Read the full announcement on the Fnatic website.
1. Lee ‘Ky.xY’ Kong Yang
2. Chai ‘Mushi’ Yee Fung
3. Chong Xin ‘Ohaiyo’ Khoo
4. Lee ‘JoHnNy’ Johnny
5. Fadil Bin ‘Kecik Imba’ Mohd Raziff