Fnatic sign EternalEnVy, pieliedie, Xcalibur

by Daniel Rosen Aug 25 2017
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Fnatic has revamped their Dota 2 roster, adding former Cloud9 players Jacky "EternalEnVy" Mao, Johan "pieliedie" Astrom and former Crescendo player Steve "Xcalibur" Ye.

With the signings, Fnatic has dropped Kim "QO" Seon-yeop, Kim "Febby" Yong-min and Lai "Ahjit" Jay Son. Fnatic recently placed 17th-18th at The International 2017 following their 2-14 record in the group stage.

"The past year has been very difficult for us in-game and out. While I was glad that we were able to make it to TI, ultimately we did not perform to standard the rest of the teams were setting," Longtime Fnatic player Xin Khoo "Ohaiyo" Chong said in a press release.

"Some of the problems we identified were that we were lacking a proper playstyle and obvious in-game leader. Due to that, we have decided to bring in Envy, Pieliedie and Xcalibur. I am personally very excited for this roster and the depth we have heading into the new season. I hope that with this new line-up, we’ll able to try harder and also bring in a lot more consistency than we had before."

EE and pieliedie left Cloud9 earlier this week, when the organization disbanded their Dota 2 roster following their 13th-16th place finish at TI7. Both EE and pieliedie placed first at The Shanghai Major 2016 while with Team Secret and first at the TI7 North American qualifier with Team NP.

Xcalibur has been bouncing between teams over the past year, playing for Crescendo, No Logic Gaming and Horde in 2017. He has been a stand-in for Fnatic.EU in 2014 and a sub for OG in 2016.

"My first splash in the competitive scene was as a stand in 3 years ago with the Fnatic EU team," Xcalibur said in a press release. "Now I'm getting another opportunity with Fnatic's Southeast Asian roster. I'll be playing with great and established players and I'm hoping to learn lots and prove myself. I'm looking forward for a great season and I'm happy to be representing Fnatic."

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