Fnatic come up big at the Southeast Asian Qualifiers for the DreamHack Major, taking down TNC Pro Team 2-1 in the Grand Finals, with their latest addition, Abed Azel ‘Abed‘ Yusop, going absolutely bonkers on Storm Spirit to close out the series.
With the win, Fnatic will now round out the eight teams participating at the DreamHack Major. They will join Evil Geniuses, Infamous, Newbee, Team Secret, Team Liquid, Natus Vincere, and Virtus Pro at DreamHack Winter 2017 in Sweden from December 1 to December 3, where as much as $1,000,000 in prize money and 1,500 Qualifying Points are up for grabs.
The Missing Piece of Fnatic’s Puzzle
Since joining Fnatic earlier this month to replace Steve ‘Excalibur‘ Ye in the middle lane, Abed has taken no time helping right the rocky course that Fnatic had been on since the formation of their latest lineup. In fact, in these past two weeks alone, Fnatic have qualified for more tournaments than in the two months prior to Abed’s arrival.
With that said, it’s safe to say that the addition of the first-ever 10k MMR player has turned Fnatic into a completely different team; one that could not only give Mineski a serious run for their money, but one that could actually take them down.
While Excalibur was a mighty fine player, Abed is simply in a completely different league of his own. He’s one of the only four players to ever reach the five-digit MMR milestone and has achieved far more in the past two years than most professionals have throughout their entire careers.
His prowess on the micro-intensive hero, Meepo, is so widely respected that it’s often banned by opposing teams just so they don’t have to deal with the threat of him playing it. Mind you, though, he’s no one trick pony; Abed is just as capable of carrying his team to victory using different heroes, from Queen of Pain, to Ember Spirit, Tinker, and as TNC Pro Team can attest to, Storm Spirit.
With Abed capable of pulling off such performances, Fnatic is a strong dark horse candidate to make some serious noise at the DreamHack Major and The Summit 8 Minor later in December.
- Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy‘ Mao
- Abed ‘Abed‘ Yusop
- Khoo Chong ‘Ohaiyo‘ Xin
- Djardel ‘DJ‘ Mampusti
- Johan ‘pieliedie‘ Åström
- Adam Erwann Shah ‘343‘ bin Akthar Hussei (Coach)
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