Fnatic to withdraw from Dota 2

10:42 PM February 10, 2023

Photo via Fnatic | Edited by Dave Bernasibo, Esports INQ

European organization Fnatic has announced the release of its Dota 2 team, February 10, 2023. The Southeast Asian-based Dota 2 team severely underperformed in their latest Dota Pro League outing which resulted in their relegation to Division II.

“After reflecting on the sustainability of our DOTA 2 roster, we’ve made the difficult decision to temporarily withdraw from the title,” wrote Fnatic in their blog post.

The Fnatic Dota 2 team was once considered to be one of the powerhouses in the region, along with teams like BOOM Esports, Talon Esports, and the former Dota 2 team of T1. Looking further down memory lane, Fnatic reigned over SEA with Mineski and TNC back in the early days of Dota 2. The team frequently represented the region in several international tournaments.

“We are working hard to source a new home for our existing Dota players and staff before formally leaving the DPC Tour 2023,” said the organization in their official statement. 

As of writing, only Armel Paul Tabios has publicized his search for a new team, while the other players have yet to post their decisions moving forward. The status of the team’s SEA DPC Division II slot is also up in the air.

The current Fnatic lineup that will be playing its final tournament in the Beyond The Summit Pro series is as follows:

  • Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte Santos
  • Armel Paul Tabios
  • Damien “kpii” Chok
  • Djardel “DJ” Mampusti
  • Jaunuel Arcilla

The organization has promised to continue supporting the team through the tournament, after which they will “support each of them as they explore their next steps in their careers.”

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