After a string of disappointing results that include early exits from both MDL Disneyland Paris Major and the EPICENTER Major, SEA powerhouses Fnatic have made a significant change to their roster heading into The International 2019. Despite having qualified for TI9 since the conclusion of MDL Disneyland in May, Fnatic have removed their carry Pyo “MP” No from their starting roster and moved their support player Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong into the carry position. While their coach Kim “DuBu” Doo-young moves into the starting roster as their new support, taking over from Jabz.
MP has been a valuable member for Fnatic since joining them back in September and Fnatic clearly appreciate his contribution, so much so that “MP will still receive a salary as well as a portion of the prize money earned in Shanghai”. This likely means that MP won’t be able to join another team for the open qualifiers and will be forced to be inactive for the biggest tournament of the year. But as Fnatic don’t have a coach at present, this could be the perfect opportunity for MP to still contribute to Fnatic’s TI9 campaign in this role.
Fnatic believes that this change is necessary following their recent results, similar to what Team Liquid, Mineski, J.Storm and Chaos Esports Club have previously done. It’s a risky move, but with only days until Valve lock the rosters (at the conclusion of EPICENTER) it’s a chance that Fnatic have to take to improve their current form and repeat their TI6 run.