Fnatic signed InYourDream last week, ahead of ESL One Genting along with Kim "Febby" Yong-min, with Ng "Yamateh" Wei Poong acting as a stand-in for that tournament. Fnatic placed 7th-8th at ESL One Genting after going 0-2 in the group stage with losses to Virtus.pro and Team NP.
"I must offer my deepest apologies to my teammates; I sincerely regret that miscommunication from my side has ultimately resulted in some untimely issues for the team," InYourDream stated in the press release.
"Thank you for all your support and I am hoping that I can make another comeback in the professional scene."
The organization still has Febby, Yee Fung "Mushi" Chai and Chong Xin "Ohaiyo" Khoo signed to their roster for the Kiev Major season, however as rosters have already locked for the season, Fnatic will have to play in the open qualifiers to make it to the major.
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Fnatic's captain Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung has left the team after a storied career with the team, the organization announced Monday.
"I would like to start off by saying thank you to Fnatic for supporting me all the way from when we had just started off, and all my teammates along the way for your support," Mushi said in a statement. "I would also like to thank my fans for supporting me through thick and thin."
The iconic SEA mid originally joined the team when it was known as Team Malaysia in March 2015, though he previously played with the team for one month in 2014. The team was swiftly picked up by Fnatic after they secured a direct invite to The International 2015, where Mushi would ultimately place 13th-16th. In the time since, Mushi played in every Valve event until The Boston Major, with his greatest achievement being a fourth place finish at TI6.
“I would like to thank Mushi for picking me as the manager when the team first started as Team Malaysia, thanks for all the joyful memory he has brought to us and thanks to all the knowledge he has shared to all his teammates to make them better players,” Fnatic’s Dota manager Eric “reinnnn” Khor Wei Soon said in a statement.
“The SEA scene would not be as competitive as it is now without your presence. You have lived up your name as a legend and I hope you continue to do so in your future team.”
Fnatic has not announced a replacement for Mushi at this time.
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Malaysian Dota 2 star Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung has joined Filipino organization Mineski and will captain their new Dota 2 squad, the team announced on Monday.
“I’m greatly honored to become the team captain for Mineski DotA,” Mushi said in the team's press release. “After leaving Fnatic team, I received a call from Kenchi [Yap "Kenchi" Chee Loong]. He is one of the most respectable person in the eSports industry and is not just a friend of mine, but a mentor and brother to me.
"We both share the same vision for eSports and with his sincerity, he managed to convince me to play under the wings of Mineski DotA.”
Mushi is one of the most respected and recognized Dota players to come out of the Southeast Asia region, and he has attended every Valve-sponsored Dota event from The International 2012 to The International 2016. However, 2017 has been the most inconsistent period of his career.
Mushi was unable to qualify for The Boston Major 2017 with Fnatic and left the team on Feb. 6. He later acted as a stand-in for Mineski's Malaysian squad, Mineski-X, but was unable to advance past the open qualifier for the Kiev Major 2017. Despite the difficulties, Mushi has found a home on Mineski.
“Reforming Mineski DotA was one of my top priorities for the year 2017 aside from my cyber cafe business,” Mineski Malaysia CEO Kenchi said in the team's press release. “Having dealt with eSports teams, I know that the biggest challenge is in finding the right player - not just for their skills but also for the right mentality. Mushi was the first player that came into my mind when I saw the news about him leaving Fnatic team.
"With Mushi’s experience and his versatility as a player, his addition to the Mineski DotA team will definitely bring positive impact and exciting benefits.”
The full Mineski squad is expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
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On any given Sunday, Blake Martinez can be found tackling ball carriers at the frozen tundra known as Lambeau Field. But in his spare time, the Stanford alumnus turned Green Bay Packers linebacker likes to kick back and relax by streaming Dota 2 matches for charity.
But Martinez's Dota fandom far exceeds loading into a couple of solo queue games a night. In fact, the young linebacker actively follows the competitive scene and, considering that he named the original No Diggity squad as his favorite professional team coupled with the fact that he participated in and helped cast MoonDuckTV's Kiev Major Qualifier Hub, he's far from a casual.
So naturally, when asked which four NFL players he would draft to his Dota 2 team, it came as no surprise that he picked the reigning Superbowl MVP, one of NFL's most fearsome defensive linemen and two of his Green Bay teammates to play alongside him.
"I would pick Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Mason Crosby, and Ndamukong Suh," he told theScore esports.
"Aaron would be our mid laner and shot caller of the game because of his smarts and skill! Also, he would pick up on Dota quickly. Tom would be the support (Position 4) because his vision is so good we would never get caught out and could make plays as Earth Spirit. Mason would be our position 5 support because he would be able to have a ton of time to strategize since all he does is kick at practice. And Suh would be our beefy offlaner/frontliner like Centaur and Axe that no one could get passed. EZ TI win."
Sure, Dota 2 and football are two very different games, but Martinez does think there are some similarities and even goes as far as to credit Dota with some of his growth as a leader.
"I think the ability to communicate and process a lot of information quickly is the two traits/skills that are extremely similar in both Dota and Football! I think Dota has helped me tremendously in just being a better leader for our defense," he said.
Touching on his rookie season, Martinez said he was encouraged by the way his year turned out — he notched 69 combined tackles to go along with one sack, one interception and four pass deflections — and looks to build on last season as he heads into his sophomore year.
"I think it went really well! It sucked to get injured near the end of the season but excited to grow from my rookie year! The way I want to grow is just seeing formations and plays quicker, stay healthy, get stronger and faster, and improve on the mistakes I made as a rookie and just grow from my experiences."