Fnatic Replace Excalibur with Abed, Welcome Back 343

Just a few weeks after rumors of a Fnatic Abed roster shuffle started circulating around the internet, the Malaysia-based organisation have officially announced their pick up of the vaunted Meepo picker along with a familiar face.

Earlier today, Fnatic officially welcomed the addition of Abed ‘Azel’ Yusop and the return of Adam Erwann Shah ‘343‘ bin Akthar Hussein to the organisation. The former comes in to replace Steve ‘Excalibur‘ Ye as the team’s midlaner. Meanwhile, 343, who was a part of Fnatic’s lineup at The International 6 that earned a Top 4 finish, was brought in to replace Ahmad ‘ADTR’ Syazwan as the team’s coach.

The latest news comes just a week after Fnatic‘s back-to-back lackluster showings at the ESL One Hamburg Major and the Dota PIT LAN Finals where they finished in last place.

Will the Fnatic Abed Pickup Change Anything?

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Now reunited with his former teammate with Execration, Djardel Jicko B. ‘DJ‘ Mampusti, Abed joining Fnatic changes a lot of things.

For starters, the 17-year-old Filipino Dota 2 player was the first ever to reach 10k MMR. That achievement alone speaks a lot about his sheer talent and mechanical skill as a player. However, that number isn’t just the only thing that Abed brings to the table.

At such a young age, Abed is already one of the most experienced Dota 2 players. Since turning pro nearly two years ago, he has appeared in both The International 6 and The International 7, as well as the Kiev Major.

Abed is also one of the few Dota 2 players to have a hero that warrants an outright respect ban at the game’s highest level. Professional players have the utmost respect for his micromanagement skills and prowess on Meepo. 

Whether the threat of the Abed Meepo is enough to help Fnatic get over the big hump that is Mineski is the question. However, the team should at least fare better now with what’s technically an upgrade at mid and a better coach.

Will it the Fnatic Abed pickup be enough to help the team qualify for a LAN this season? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below. 

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