Fnatic have today announced that they will disband their current Dota 2 team, signaled with a farewell to their last member, Kai "H4nn1" Hanbueckers. Although this will mean that the company will be without a team for Dota 2, Sahil Deva, manager of Fnatic’s Dota 2 team, has reassured fans that they are hard at work finding another roster.
“Our Dota 2 squad is now and has always been one of Fnatic’s top priorities” said Deva.
Fnatic’s last competitive tournament was Valve’s gargantuan Dota 2 International back in July. The team didn’t fare well - only making it to 13th place. Shortly after, team member Era left the team on August 20th, followed by Fly and BigDaddy a week later. The team has since then struggled to find players to help rejuvenate the roster.
The announcement today was prefaced by the last remaining player, Kai "H4nn1" Hanbueckers, leaving the team. “I have spent a very long and meaningful time of my DotA and HoN career in Fnatic.” said H4nn1. “From today onwards I will no longer be a part Fnatic. I will continue to play DotA 2 and hopefully find a new home soon. Shoutout to my old teammates Era, N0tail, Fly and Trixi. Never go full.”
His statement was followed by that of the team’s manager, Sahil Deva, who promised that the team will once again return in the future. “The past few months have seen a lot of changes for Fnatic’s Dota 2 division.” stated Deva. “We have tested new players and team compositions as we attempted to find our place in today’s thriving and exciting Dota 2 scene. We’ve had the opportunity to meet some truly amazing and talented players along the way. However, any successful team is made up of much more than individual talent and so we continue to search for not only astounding players but five people who together create a comfortable and exciting atmosphere. For us, it has always been important to support as well as attempt to cultivate a group of players that together form a winning team, and sometimes this process takes longer than one would expect.
“However, we are confident that not only are we soon to find a team that shows the type of high skill level and impressive plays that you, our fans, are used to from Fnatic, but also one that we can form a strong and long-lasting relationship with. Our Dota 2 squad is now and has always been one of Fnatic’s top priorities. Therefore, we’d like to let all of our amazing supporters as well as everyone interested in Dota 2 to bare with us for a little while longer and expect us to break into the scene with full force when the time is right.”
Which sponsorless team do you think they’ll pick up? My vote is with 4ASC.