Fnatic Dota: 2016 Review with Mushi - Presented by GG.Bet
Posted 2016-12-30 Lepertum
The 2016 season ended in a well deserved 4th place finish at The International 6 for our Dota 2 squad. In order to get there, a lot of hard work was required by our squad and especially its captain, Mushi. With a few short questions we look back at some important events and asked Mushi about his experiences this year.
After TI5 you were in a similar situation as where you are now and also right after TI6, where it is you and Ohaiyo as the only 2 players who are left on the roster. As the captain of the team, what’s the hardest part about finding new team members and how do you handle these difficulties to make everything go as smooth as possible?
The hardest part of rebuilding the team from the ground up is finding players with the right amount of experience here in SEA, as that’s where we look for most of our talent. This means that sometimes we need to put additional time into the training process to grow to the international level that is expected from us.
In the first half of 2016 you locked in the roster that you would take to TI6 when you replaced Net with 343, who joined the team as a temporary replacement a few times. Was this a change that you saw coming or did 343 go to extreme lengths to prove himself worthy of a starting spot?
343 played only a few times with the team as a sub but quickly proved to us that he had the strength we really needed on the team. It wasn’t planned but this is why we decided to select him for the main roster.
To qualify for The International was the ultimate goal and it came as a real shock to the team that Fnatic would not get a direct invite this year. The team has reported feeling down after that until you spoke to them and got them to prove themselves. What did you tell them to keep them going and not give up?
After we found out that we weren’t invited, at first everyone was really upset and moody. We then had a team meeting and talked about the situation, which ended up motivating everyone again for the up and coming qualifier and the tournament.
In the end you did qualify and made it to the top 4. An amazing achievement! Looking back at the event, what do you remember the most and what did you learn? There must have been a whole lot of emotions after a not so good start that then turned around to a really successful run.
Everyone was very emotional and moody after we had such a bad start to our Group Stage. However, we did learn how to put aside all that pressure and regain our focus. Murielle (Kips), our analyst, also helped a lot with our preparation and we ended up playing each game as it was a training match.
To end this interview, let’s look to the future, what are your hopes for the 2017 season? Fourth place at TI was already very impressive, is it realistic to say that you’ll want to do even better?
Fourth place at The International didn’t really satisfy us as we only had one goal and that was to become the TI champion. For 2017 we will try to win as many tournaments as possible and try to get there again. Meanwhile, I want to thank all the fans who support Fnatic while we work on achieving these goals!