Days after their unexpected roster shuffle blindsided everyone, Fnatic CGO Patrik ‘cArN‘ Sättermon has finally decided to release a statement. Perhaps to help clear the air regarding the events that led to the replacement of Khoo ‘Ohaiyo‘ Chong Xin.
In a blog post available on Fnatic’s official website, the legendary captain of what’s considered the most succcesful Counter Strike team of all time, explained the organisation’s decision. He started off by expressing regret. Specifically for the “distress it has caused to Ohaiyo and our fans.” He then went on to thank Ohaiyo for his years of service.
The Fnatic CGO wrote, “Taking our respect for Ohaiyo into account, our ultimate goal for Fnatic DOTA is to be an internationally competitive team in the long. However, we understand that the timing of this move was regrettable and we apologise to both Ohaiyo and the fans for that. Given the events that transpired in the lead up to the change in starting lineup, we want to be fully transparent.”
What followed next was a clear timeline of events, in bullet point, of what happened.
Fnatic CGO ‘cArn’ Clears The Air
To summarize everything, Fnatic conducted a team evaluation earlier this January. They concluded that Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE’ Arora, who had recently departed Evil Geniuses but was still formally under contract with the North American organisation, was a viable long term addition to their Dota 2 roster. However, Fnatic chose to remain in the dark with their decision. It was only until Valve announced the roster shuffle on January 10 that they made an attempt to reach out to UNiVeRsE.
Apparently, both parties expressed mutual interest regarding the move. As a result, the only thing that remained was for Evil Geniuses to formally release UNiVeRsE from their roster. This required a few days to complete. Though basically a done deal, Fnatic cited company policy and industry ethics as to why they did not start UNiVeRsE right away. Instead, they chose to play with their current Dota 2 roster, with Ohaiyo on the team. Meanwhile, while waiting for his formal release, they had flown UNiVeRsE over to Southeast Asia.
It was only until the evening of January 12 that they spoke to Ohaiyo regarding the roster move. The widely respected Fnatic CGO went on to agree with concensus that the timing was not great. Especially because Fnatic just had qualified for the ESL ONE Major Katowice. He did, however, explain that it was around the same time that UNiVeRsE was able to play with Fnatic in compliance with Valve’s guidelines.
Ohaiyo remains officially under contract with Fnatic and continues to receive salary from the organisation. As per cArn, Ohaiyo will also go on to receive a portion of the prize money gained from ESL One Katowice.
Nice with from our DOTA guys vs. @MineskiProTeam!
— Patrik Sättermon (@cArnCS) January 17, 2018
So far, Fnatic’s latest addition is acclimating well with the team. They lost to TNC Pro Team in the SEA Qualifiers for the Buchareste Major in their first series together. However, they have since recovered. Fnatic are currently in the running for a spot in the Jakarat Minor on March. More importantly, they had a strong showing against Mineski in the qualifiers for the said Pro Circuit tournament; they were responsible for eliminating the Southeast Asian powerhouse from contention. Though the win does come with a caveat, as their offlaner Daryl koh ‘iceiceice‘ Pei Xiang was unavaialble due to an emergency.
It’ll be interesting to see how Fnatic will fare in the next few months. The last time UNiVeRsE played with Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy‘ Mao was with Team Secret back in 2016 and it didn’t turn out so well. Also worth noting will be where Ohaiyo will find himself playing next.
What do you think of the statement released by the Fnatic CGO? Do you think this was merely a means to save face for their poor handling of the situation? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.