Changes in Fnatic NA Dota 2
Posted 2013-01-22 Lexx
Our original plan was to make this announcement later, when we would have a complete line-up on our hands, but things got out of control when ex-Fnatic players started pasting logs of private conversations.
We have asked Elroy Pinto, the manager of our NA Dota 2 team amongst other things, to give a full clarification of what had happened over the past few weeks.
"It's a bit unfortunate that in the last few days a lot of mud slinging has happened from the players side on fnatic and myself in particular. While I greatly value and appreciate the time the players invested into us it's a bit high handed of them to think they can get away with this.
What's important to understand is context, the team was going fairly well until we decided to introduce these kids together as we had always expressed interest in them getting to know each other in real life. We eventually did manage to make it happen towards the end of the year, this was also a time when the players were thinking about taking the next step of preparing seriously for tournaments.
They met and eventually to my surprise Rolo and Tabako decided to step down. Rolo left due to personal and family issues, something we respected and Tabako didn't have the time to continue and we were also accepting of that and decided to move on. In the last 3 weeks, the team has tried to find replacements and tried to make a 5 man roster happen again, unfortunately the roster has not been shaping up as it would be and the last 2 performances at The Defense 3 were a bit embarassing.
As a professional organisation we need to make sure we ensure a certain level was maintained. Certain tough decisions had to be taken and we believe in Smurf as he shares the ideals of fnatic, we're glad to work with him in the future. We will definitely rebuild our team and continue with NA dota in fnatic. A special thanks to everyone who has been supportive of fnatic, we really believe there's a good talent pool in the NA scene that needs the exposure that Fnatic can provide. Few organisations want to invest into small teams and it's important that someone does"