Fnatic had just announced its new Dota 2 roster for the mid-2017 competitive season, which comprises of existing players Chong Xin “Ohaiyo” Khoo, Yong-min “Febby” Kim and new additions Sunyeob "QO" Kim, Djardel “DJ” Mampusti and Galvin “Meracle” Kang.
Fnatic's new lineup for 2017 unveiled.
(L to R) QO, Meracle, Ohaiyo. DJ and Febby.
The Fnatic Dota 2 roster is looking more solid than ever with the addition of highly-skilled individual players QO, DJ and Meracle. Having 4 different nationalities in a team would usually mean significant language and cultural barriers, but seeing that all of them have amicable personalities and English as a common language, with any luck they should be able to iron out any communication issues in no time.
This new lineup definitely seems promising, as the current members had proved at different points in time that they can be excellent playmakers and leaders in their own rights – QO having led MVP Phoenix to great heights and Meracle being the drafter of First Departure and Titan in the past.
In a region that’s often said to be lacking in good captains, such an ensemble of individual talents gives us much to look forward to – long-time SEA Dota fans would know that MVP Phoenix and First Departure are the most unpredictable teams when it comes to drafts. And between QO and Meracle, as long as they can work out a way to resolve or avoid conflicts internally when there’s a difference in opinions, we can surely expect some out-of-the-box thinking, surprise picks and unconventional strategies in upcoming tournaments.
Putting each player’s solid gameplay and mechanical skills to use in creative drafts – this could also turn out to be the breath of fresh air that the old Fnatic needed.
Given that some of these renowned players have already established their own dominant or signature playstyles, whether they can synergize well as a team is something that remains to be seen.
One thing we can foresee from this lineup though, is a team that would generally favor fighting over split-pushing or defensive plays. QO, Ohaiyo and DJ are known to be aggressive players who’d rotate and gank actively at a fast pace, push their advantage when winning, and make big plays to bring about comebacks in a losing situation.
(L to R) Febby, QO, Ohaiyo, DJ and Meracle in the Fnatic team house.
With this new lineup, the 2017 Fnatic will without doubt be able to execute and epitomize the signature SEA aggressive playstyle, maybe even set the trend by coming up with daring drafts.
As long as they can keep themselves in check and not fall into the common traps that SEA teams are susceptible to, such as a lack of discipline in the late game and an overall lack of stability and consistency, they will shape up to be one of the most formidable forces not just in SEA but also on the international stage.