Fnatic have officially begged out of the DotaPit Season 5 SEA Qualifier due to unmentioned circumstances. The Daryl Koh iceiceice Pei Xiang led Team Faceless have been named as their official replacement in the Croatian meet.
One can only speculate as Fnatic's woes was highlighted in the recent Valve documentary, True Sight. It was shown that there was a language barrier problem between the Filipino, American and the Malaysian players. They wouldn't talk as a team during the in-game clashes which would result in poor execution. The problem would also be shown beyond the game as Chai Yee Mushi Fung and Chong Xin ohaiyo Khoo argued in Chinese with minimal English in the presence of their foreign teammates. Were these really the main issues that plagued the Malaysia-based organization? No one can be sure as there has been no official statement from Fnatic as to why they begged off.
Recent tournaments also did not lie for the boys as their decision to pick up former TNC Pro Team have so far yielded poor results. This Fnatic issue continues to affirm that superstar rosters are not a surefire winning formula. Remember the first inception of Team Secret way back? Neither do we. Fnatic's current roster failed to get over the hump in its last two qualifiers for The Summit 6 and more recently the Boston Major.
Team Faceless, on the other hand, have been on stellar form since its inception earlier this year. Unlike Fnatic. the team qualified to both the Boston Major and The Summit 6. The players have properly gelled in their short time together and the results are coming in golden for them. Iceiceice's decision to come back to SEA and subsequently dominate the region should not come as a surprise to many. They will be facing off against Mineski.GGNetwork tomorrow 1800 SGT to kick-off the SEA Qualifiers in a rematch of Boston Major SEA Regional upper bracket finals.