Summit 8 SEA Qualifiers – Fnatic With the Huge Upset

Fnatic have just secured a spot at the Summit 8 Minor after beating Entity Gaming, Execration, TNC Pro Team and reverse-sweeping Southeast Asia’s resident powerhouse, Mineski, in the Grand Finals of the Summit 8 SEA Qualifiers.

Fnatic’s first Pro Circuit qualifier win this season comes just a week after adding Abed Azel ‘Abed’ Yusop and Adam Erwann Shah ‘343‘ bin Akthar Hussein to the team.

As for Mineski, this is their second loss in an online qualifier this season. Both of their losses have come at the hands of Fnatic. 

Summit 8 SEA Qualifiers – Fnatic Reverse Sweep Mineski

The Summit 8 SEA Qualifiers was both a double-elimination and single-elimination tournament. Both Mineski and TNC Pro Team each received Tier 1 invites and a spot in the single-elimination phase 2. Meanwhile, the rest — Fnatic, HappyFeet and Execration — received Tier 1 invites. The India-based Entity Gaming then joined them in the double-elimination phase 1 as the sole open qualifier team.

Fnatic, with the 10k mmr player now manning their middle lane, handily made their way through phase 1 and the first half of phase 2 of the Summit 8 SEA Qualifiers. This secured them a match against Mineski, who have looked absolutely flawless in both online qualifiers and Pro Circuit LANs so far this season.

After roaring off to a commanding two game lead in the best-of-five Grand Finals, Mineski looked like they were well on their way to securing their 5th Pro Circuit Minor appearance. But, as it turns out, that was exactly just what the ever-so-unpredictable Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy‘ Mao had wanted.

Fnatic would then proceed to come back from a 2-0 deficit to take the series and the Summit 8 SEA Qualifiers on the backs of their latest addition. Abed’s Queen of Pain in Game 3 and Tinker in both Games 4 and 5 made one huge play after another to help Fnatic come up with the huge upset.

Fnatic are the first qualifier team to secure a spot at everybody’s favourite chill Dota 2 tournament. They are now set to join direct invites, OGand King’s Cup America winners, OpTic Gaming

Now back for its eighth run, the Summit 8 will take place from December 13 to December 17. The Minor will feature 8 teams fighting for the standard $300,000 Prize Pool and 300 Qualifying Points.

Fnatic Roster
  • Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy‘ Mao
  • Abed ‘Abed‘ Yusop
  • Khoo Chong ‘Ohaiyo‘ Xin
  • Djardel ‘DJ‘ Mampusti
  • Johan ‘pieliedie‘ Åström
  • Adam Erwann Shah ‘343‘ bin Akthar Hussei (Coach)

How well do you think Fnatic will perform at the Summit 8? Will they fare any better compared to their lackluster showing at the ESL One Hamburg Major and Dota Pit Minor? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below. 

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