I would have gone with you to the end, into the very fires of Mordor...
Posted 2011-12-13 NoVa_
After the recent events, namely Dreamhack Winter 2011 and North American Star League, come to an end it is time to say farewell to one of our core members: Kalle 'Trixi' Saarinen.
Trixi has been a player for Fnatic for over two years, a pretty large amount of time considering the usual clan-hopping within the eSports scene and thus became one of the main factors for Fnatic.HoN's continuous success. He wasn't only regarded as one of the best carry players throughout the entire HoN scene but also a good friend and reasonable player for his organization.
80% of the time this guy carries a trollface in reallife making for some of the best moments and sudden situational jokes we had during our LANs and especially the bootcamps. 20% he is actually serious and will surprise you with views and observations of a situation you wouldn't have thought of. I always found it interesting that Trixi was the only player we almost never addressed with his reallife name. Something about his nick seemed to fit just perfect to his personality - don't ask me though what that might be.
Obviously it's sad and to a certain extent pretty annoying to lose such a player not only because of his skill but also because the aforementioned stability was one of the reasons for our dominance. Sometimes I try to see the positive side; that his leave brings not only a new player but also fresh ideas and playstyles into the team. But ultimately finding a proper replacement is obviously a hard task...
Yet you can't really be angry with Trixi since he dealed with the situation in the best possible manner unlike others did before Johan, Tal and I joined Fnatic. In the past few months he often temporarily lost his interest for the game rather playing WoW, DotA 1, or single player games to the max and being sort of reluctant to appear for scrims or tournament games. However he was present when it was necessary, trying to play 100% because he was still part of the team and dealt with it (one of his favourite quotes to 90% of the problems in your life: 'Man up and deal with it'). He wouldn't tell us about his final decision until both tournaments were played to not drag the team down and I'm honestly not sure if we would've won Dreamhack if he did different.
Thus for some people this blog full of praise might seem out of place but in the end there's only one thing left to say: It was an honour and pleasure to play with you, trolltrixi. Good luck with your adventures in DotA 2 and see you next Dreamhack!