ESL has officially announced that Fnatic are going to replace HappyFeet as Southeast Asia’s representatives at the ESL Hamburg Major next week.
This comes on the heels of recent news that visa issues have unfortunately forced HappyFeet to withdraw from the first Major of the 2017-18 Pro Circuit.
Fnatic Catch a Lucky Break
In the midst of the post TI shuffle, Fnatic gutted their team and added Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao, Johan ‘pieliedie’ Åström and Steve ‘Excalibur’ Ye to the core of Chong ‘Ohaiyo’ Khoo and Djardel Jicko B. ‘DJ’ Mampusti.
An all-star team on paper, Fnatic’s recent results have shown that they are anything but; the Malaysia-based team have so far failed to qualify for a single Pro Circuit LAN in five tries.
This recent news, however, might just be the catalyst Fnatic need to jumpstart their season.
With HappyFeet forced to withdraw because of visa issues, Clutch Gamers unlikely to secure a visa in short notice and Fire Dragoon failing to register a complete official roster, Fnatic, the fourth-place finishers at the SEA Qualifier for ESL Hamburg, were the only logical choice left to fill Southeast Asia’s slot in the first Major of the season.
Fnatic will complete the eight-team lineup for the ESL Hamburg Major on October 26-29 that includes the following teams:
- Direct Invite — Team Liquid
- Direct Invite — Newbee
- North America — Evil Geniuses
- South America — SG e-sports
- Europe — Team Secret
- CIS — Virtus.Pro
- China — Keen Gaming
A week before the start of the ESL Hamburg, Fnatic are set to play in The Major League tournament against other Asian Dota 2 teams such as EHOME and Execration, among others.
WE GOING TO THE MAJOR BOIS! See you at ESL One Hamburg 2017 😉
- Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao
- Steve ‘Excalibur’ Ye
- Chong ‘Ohaiyo’ Khoo
- Djardel Jicko B. ‘DJ’ Mampusti
- Johan ‘pieliedie’ Åström
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