With less than a month until the start of the Shanghai Major, Fnatic's carry player and captain, Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung, took the time to chat with theScore eSports about the upcoming Major, his team and the Southeast Asia scene.
I want to go back and talk a bit about Dominik "Black^" Reitmeier, why did he not work out in the roster?
Mushi: The team [wasn't] working very [well] with him due to communication and personal problems.
Can you give an example of the personal problems?
(Note: Fnatic's manager, Eric "ReiNNNN" Khor Wei Soon, fielded this question.)
ReiNNNN: I think it is a cultural problem here. We have a certain way of doing things and it is not how he viewed things. That caused friction, and over time the friction just piled on until we couldn't move forward.
How did you discover Zheng "MidOne" Yeik Nai and bring him into the team?
Mushi: MidOne has went [under] our radar for a very long time. His climb to the top of the SEA MMR leader board took us by surprise and we started observing him. It was actually our manager who put his name up when we were discussing on who to take.
We thought that we could let him be our substitute and try him out, since the roster deadline was approaching. He has shown us that his commitment as a team player is top notch, not to mention, he has good skills.
During the Christmas break, he and I took a trip to China to play in the CDEC Masters League and I got to know him a lot better as a person and a player. He is a little raw but we think that he will do well in the competitive scene.
What was the reasoning behind going to compete in the CDEC? It was a big commitment for someone you say could be a sub. Did you expect to finish in first and second place?
Mushi: I never really doubted his skills actually; I always knew that he would do well. After our run at WCA, our team took a break and there was no training at all. I knew that at this rate, we wouldn't be able to qualify for Shanghai Majors, so I decided to play in CDEC to polish my personal skill.
We were expecting him to play as a primary member for the Shanghai Majors and it was super important for me to know the type of playstyle he plays, and his personality.
Previously you played support when another midlaner came into the team, but this time you're playing carry. Why role swap again?
Mushi: I will play the role that will end in the best setup for the team. If other members want to play carry, then I will go play the support role. At the moment, I think we have the best setup for ourselves and everybody is really comfortable with it. So for right now, I am carry/mid for the team.
What is your opinion on your team's performance during the winter season, before heading into the Shanghai Major?
Mushi: I feel that our performance is still unstable. We can beat a really strong team and also lose to them at the same time. However, I gotta say that it did improve after MidOne joined us. He brings more stability.
Will Fnatic boot camp before Shanghai?
Mushi: Yes, we will be heading to Shanghai on the 15th of February to bootcamp for the Shanghai Majors. I think the boot camp is very crucial for us; I'm not sure if anybody is going as early as us though, haha.
Let's switch gears a bit and talk about the Southeast Asia scene. What is your opinion on the current strength of the region?
Mushi: I think it is obvious that the SEA region is not as strong in comparison to other regions. However, I do think that the SEA teams are very creative and they always come up with something no one has ever seen before. I believe [Filipino] teams were the ones who came up with the courier bottle strat; just a creative bunch of people
You don't have to say specifically, but do you have anything up your sleeve for the Shanghai Major?
Mushi: Well, I wouldn't be hiding anything if I tell you right now, would I?
Haha, fair enough.
GoDz recently put out the following tweet, regarding Roman "Resolut1on" Fominok's move to America:
Do you believe Chinese players will start moving to SEA? If so, how do you feel about this?
Mushi: I don't think players from China will start [moving to SEA] because there is definitely an advantage to playing in China rather than in America or SEA, [such as] better pay and better scrim partners.
As for Europe, I don't really know but I think Resolution's move to Digital Chaos was not only because of the qualifiers. I think he is also trying to change his environment and absorb more things from different regions.
Obviously some players would go for the easy way out but do remember why there are the stronger regions and why there are the weaker regions. It is the environment. It is very important.
Dennis Gonzales is a news editor for theScore eSports who enjoys whiskey, Dungeon & Dragons and first-picking
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