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Fnatic to face the giants at ESL One Manila

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Fnatic is currently the top Dota 2 team in the South East Asia region. Their road to the top, however, saw them take the fall several times before finally finding their strength and proving themselves to be a force to be reckoned with.

Road to ESL One Manila

Fnatic’s roster having a mixture of talent and experience has given them glory against many of the world’s top Dota 2 teams. Coming into the ESL One Manila qualifiers, Fnatic started off by defeating local teams in a best-of-three format. Though not equal opposition, the Fnatic’s wins grabbed attention from around the community as they were playing without their most experienced member, star player Chai Yee “Mushi” Fung, who had been taking a break from competitive gaming for some time. However, that didn’t stop Fnatic’s domination in the qualifiers, with their latest addition Yeik “Miduan” Zheng wreaking havoc over their enemies.

Fnatic’s lineup for ESL One Manila will be as follows:

  • Chai Yee “Mushi” Fung
  • Yeik Zheng “Midone” Nai
  • Chong Xin “Ohaiyo” Khoo
  • Djardel Jicko “DJ” Mampusti
  • Wai Pern “Net” Lim

Tough times ahead

Going into ESL One Manila Fnatic was on a 22-win streak, although this was ended recently. Having defeated Korean giants MVP Phoenix three times along the way, the newly formed team will be battling it out for international recognition in Manila. The SEA giants have been placed in a tough group where they will face off against EHOME, Team Secret and Empire to qualify for the semifinals.

Out of the total eight teams going into the event, Fnatic have to go a long way to prove their might and how they perform when up against the cream of the crop. Playing in South East Asia might be to their advantage, but the pressure will also be a huge factor in making or breaking the team’s composition at ESL One Manila.

Don’t miss out on the action!

Everything kicks off on the 22nd of April, with a prize pool of US$250,000 that the winner will take home a hefty US$100,000 of as well as the all-important title. The event will be held in the Mall of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines, and seats are already filling up fast. Haven’t booked your ticket yet? Get it now!

Track all the major details for ESL One Manila by visiting the official website or following ESL Dota 2 on Facebook and Twitter.