The post-TI shuffle season is here, and Fnatic has announced that three of their players will be leaving the team. Team Fnatic finished fourth at this year’s The International and it seems the results weren’t good enough to keep the team together.
As announced on Fnatic’s website, Filipino player Djardel “DJ” Mampusti, as well as Malaysian players Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng and Adam “343” Shah will depart from the team. According to the announcement the players left the team on their own personal reasons.
DJ is looking to return to the Philippines and play Dota 2 in the local scene; while MidOne wishes to explore other aspects of the competitive scene, including other players and teams. On the other hand, 343 will be taking a break from competitive Dota 2 and return to Malaysia.
Eric “reinn” Khor will remain as team manager, while the rest of the team will be rebuilt by its captain, Mushi, with the help of Ohaiyo. There is no indication of who the team is looking into to replace the departing players as of yet.
The team shuffle season is common among professional gamers; especially in the short time after a major tournament. Like in regular sports, the teams use these intervals to strengthen their lineup as well as prepare for impending changes to the meta-game.