The International Dota 2 Championship is over for the Malaysian team lead by local legend Mushi. Team Fnatic crashed out of the first round by losing their only match in the lower bracket against Virtus.Pro. The Russian team has now ensured themselves a prize payout of at least $216,542; four times more than Fnatic will see.
Malaysians had high hopes for the new Fnatic with the new lineup of the best players to come out of the country, not to mention the fact that the main event would be screened live on Astro Supersport. However, Fnatic made some unusual choices with positioning in their first game of the main event. Mushi, who was expected to lead the team, switched to a Support role, and left KecikImba to carry the team.
Fnatic may have been looking to tinker with their strategy after a disappointing performance during the group stages of TI5. The team finished with only four points out of a possible 21, leaving them second from last in their group. It didn’t help that the first round of the lower bracket would be a best-of-one sudden death round.
While Fnatic’s failure to progress further in the competition is disappointing, both TI1 and TI4 winners Na’ Vi and NewBee were also eliminated on the same day; which shows just how tough the tournament is this year.
[Screencaps courtesy of e-sukan]