Mushi leaves Fnatic

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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.

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports whose journalism idol is Dino Ghiranze. You can follow him on Twitter.

Report: Fnatic unable to compete in Dota 2 Asia Championship Qualifiers

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Fnatic will not longer be competing in the Dota 2 Asia Championship Qualifiers, according to a Dota 2 RuHub report on Friday.

The SEA roster has seen its share of trouble in 2017, starting the year with the loss of Muhammad Rizky "InYourDream" Anugrah roughly a week after he joined the team.

Fnatic's current SEA roster consists of Kim "Febby" Yong-min, Yee Fung "Mushi" Chai and Chong Xin "Ohaiyo" Khoo.

At the time of posting, there was no comment on whether another team would be brought in to compete in place of Fnatic.

Kristine "Vaalia" Hutter is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find her on Twitter.

Mushi joins Mineski

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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.

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest Pharah. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Green Bay Packers LB Blake Martinez reveals the 4 NFL players he would form a Dota 2 team with, how Dota has helped him with football

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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.

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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."

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Conrad Janzen on Dota 2's top-heavy scene: 'I would just love to see more tier 2 support'

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Conrad Janzen, former Cloud9 player manager and current Twitch partnerships team member, has a few ideas.

Appearing on theScore esports Podcast Monday, Janzen spoke on everything from why he thinks The International’s prize pool will break its own record (again) this year, to how Valve can improve the Major system.

When asked about whether the prize pool for TI7 would exceed TI6’s massive $20.7 million purse, Janzen said the company behind Dota 2 would find a way to make it happen.

“If I had to bet on Valve, it’s always going to be more and they’re going to figure out some way to do it,” he said.

“Valve is going to figure out ways to steal money from my wallet every year in the best way possible,” he said. “They do a really good job of providing value and that’s the one thing I think Dota does a really good job compared to a lot of other free to play games as well as just games in general."

It's all about making the existing player base happy, he said.

“They provide a lot of value to their hardcore users, to their regular users and there’s always going to be somebody who’s willing to spend even more than I think I do.”

Janzen also commented on the Major system, saying that although it was overall beneficial to the Dota 2 scene, is isn’t not without its shortcomings.

“It is bad in some ways, I think it does hurt third parties,” he said.

“Obviously last year we saw Boston Major take precedence over DreamHack, and that was a very unfortunate case.” One solution, he said, would be to model things more closely on Counter-Strike’s tournament structure.

“Things I would like to see is maybe make the qualifiers more valuable, make them a LAN event very similar to CS:GO, right? Where you have all these teams coming in so it’s truly international,” he told theScore esports Podcast.

“What Valve is going to have to do in this case is take a step forward and be like, ‘This is an important part, we want to grow Dota as a whole.' So, very similar to the CS:GO system where they have a regional qualifier that mostly takes place online, and then they bring all those teams together to a major qualifying tournament,” he said.

Improving the Major structure would help showcase rising Dota talent that, at least right now, is getting lost in the shadows beyond the Majors' spotlight.

“I would just love to see more tier 2 support,” he said. “I think that’s the big thing we’re missing, is these up-and-coming stars are not getting as revealed as they used to be. In-house leagues, these sort of concepts, have disappeared," he said.

“To have a healthy, growing esport, you’re going to have to support those tier 2 players as well with smaller Cups, smaller tournaments.”

Colin McNeil is a supervising editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

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