Former Cloud 9 members Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao and Johan ‘pieliedie’ Åström, as well as Steve ‘Excalibur’ Ye travel half-way across the globe to round out the Fnatic Dota 2 roster for the upcoming season.
Jacky ‘EternalEnVy’ Mao
Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao started his professional Dota 2 career with No Tidehunter back in 2012 where he became known as the guy that the team kicked in favour of Jerry ‘EGM’ Lundqvist, who completed the now-iconic Alliance lineup that won TI3.
Following a number of unsuccessful stints with other teams, EternaLEnVy eventually found himself a long-term home with Speed Gaming and Cloud9, where he played for two years from 2013 to 2015. He then went on to play for other successful teams after leaving Cloud9 post-TI5, including 2015-16’s Team Secret and 2016-17’s Team NP/Cloud9.
Over the years, EternaLEnVy has built quite the reputation both in and out of the game. He’s often credited as one of the game’s most brilliant tacticians. However, his in-game execution and decisions, which are both spectacular and stupid, often leave audiences either baffled or in awe. Meanwhile, his penchant for penning blogs, including his now-infamous Team Secret blog, and voicing out his concerns in public regularly draws its fair share of criticism as well as praise.
Johan ‘pieliedie’ Åström
Both pieliedie and EternalEnVy have pretty much played together since their days in Kaipi back in 2013.
A brilliant tactician in his own right, pieliedie is one of the game’s best hard support players. His ability to do a whole lot with so little is a sign to behold; it’s not unusual for pieliedie to finish games with nothing but brown boots and a couple of wards in his inventory. Although considered boring in the eyes of casual fans, his preferred style of play enables his teams to field out farm-heavy and greedy line-ups, which has led to success more often than not.
Steve ‘Excalibur’ Ye
Xcalibur is a former pub star who first burst onto the professional Dota 2 scene back in 2014 as a stand-in for Fnatic.EU. During his brief stint with the team, he turned a lot of heads with his excellent play on Meepo and Tinker. However, despite showing potential, he has yet to achieve much success throughout his short career.
Now that Excalibur is back to the same organisation he experienced the most success with, this may just be the year we see him finally break out.
2017-18 Fnatic Dota 2 Lineup
- Jacky ‘EternalEnVy’ Mao
- Steve ‘Xcalibur’ Ye
- Chong ‘Ohaiyo’ Khoo
- Djardel Jicko B. ‘DJ’ Mampusti
- Johan ‘pieliedie’ Åström
Fnatic will look to rebound from their early exit at TI7 with a roster that, on paper, looks stacked with talent and experienced players. However, only time can tell whether the new Fnatic Dota 2 lineup can keep up with other SEA powerhouses such as Execration and TNC Pro Team, as well as Mineski’s new roster headlined by Chai ‘Mushi‘ Yee Fung and Daryl Koh ‘iceiceice‘ Pei Xiang.
Surprisingly enough, Fnatic is the first of the 18 TI7 teams to announce their new lineup for the upcoming season. Infamous, Cloud9 and OG have all announced departures but have yet to reveal their latest additions to their team. Meanwhile, TNC Pro Team chose to stand pat and made no changes to their roster.
Without any word from Valve regarding how the roster lock process will work for the 2017-18 season, we can only hope that Fnatic’s recent announcement helps keep the ball rolling.
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