Fnatic has finally completed its roster, with the addition of three former TnC players – Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho, Nico “eyyou” Barcelon and Marc Polo “Raven” Luis Fausto. All three players are considered veterans in the scene and and highly regarded through it and internationally. With its roster complete, Fnatic will debut at the Mineski Pro Gamers League, in Kuala Lampur.
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Fnatic was struck by a series of departures in August, after Djardel Jicko B. “DJ” Mampusti decided to leave the team, quickly followed by Zheng “Miduan” Yeik Nai and Adam Erwann Shah “343” bin Akhtar Hussein – leaving the team with only two players.
Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung and Chong Xin “Ohaiyo” Khoo were the only players left on the team, both who have been playing under the Fnatic banner since June 2015.
The recent addition to the Fnatic squad comes after the great SEA disband which engulfed all the teams in the region, including TnC.
The TnC disband came as a shock to many fans, as TnC managed to place in top 8 teams at The International 6. TnC had a phenomenal run throughout the tournament, peaking with the elimination of OG in the Lower Bracket, with a 2-0 victory.
DeMoN is a highly skilled player, that has been part of many famous teams such Meet Your Makers with who he place fourth at the first International. Evil Geniuses later picked up him, DeMoN competing at TI2, under the EG banner. After that he returned for his third TI – TI4, after joining and playing with Team Liquid. DeMoN joined the SEA scene this summer, as a last minute surprise addition to TnC roster for TI6.
Jimmy has received the start of this chapter with open arms but not without acknowledging the 2-month period as a member of TnC:
“First off, I would like to thank the former TnC team for giving me a huge opportunity to play with you guys, accepting me as one of your own and helping me make a comeback in the pro scene. A few of us may be apart now but I’m confident with everything that we’ve learned together once as a team, you guys will continue to succeed. Towards TnC management, thank you so much for being very accommodating and doing all you can to make my 2-month stay in the Philippines comfortable. You guys will always be considered family to me, but now a new chapter starts. I’m extremely stoked to play under Fnatic banner alongside Mushi, Ohaiyo and my former TnC mates. We will do our best to continue bringing success towards Fnatic and our new fans. Thank you to the fans that have always supported me and the news ones coming.”
Nico “eyyou” Barcelon
Nico “eyyou” Barcelon has made a name of himself while playing for his first competitive team – TnC, who he joined in January 2015. Despite not having many major accomplishments yet, being part of his first international team will allow him to further his career in the Dota 2 scene:
“First of all I would like to thank TNC for all the help and guidance that they gave me for more than a year and a half. They’re not just a simple team but also a family to me.
Now that this new chapter is open, I’m very excited to play under Fnatic as this will be my first international team. This is a big step for me but I’m very confident to play with this team and hope to deliver more success for Fnatic.”
Raven was the second most experienced of TnC Pro Gaming, after DeMoN. Marc Polo “Raven” Luis Fausto started his professional career in 2014 with a team called Click ‘N Search, he then joined Mineski briefly before returning to his roots, joining TnC in June 2015.
Raven looks ahead at a new chapter of his career, that started with Fnatic:
“One chapter closes, a new one begins with Fnatic. I’m excited and looking forward to play with some new teammates.”
Fnatic will be debuting their new roster during the Mineski Pro Gaming League in Kuala Lumpur, 9-11th September.