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DOTA | We Bid Farewell To Ohaiyo And Welcome UNiVeRsE

Today, we welcome a new addition to our Dota 2 roster! Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE’ Arora joins the team having departed his long-time organisation, Evil Geniuses, at the end of 2017.

A true legend of the esport and one of the most decorated Western players, the International 2015 winner first turned pro as far back as 2011 with Online Kingdom. Seven years and 16 Major appearances later, the veteran now starts his next adventure as FNATIC’s new offlaner!

FNATIC DOTA’s latest change will mean there is now a triple threat of Major winners within the roster: EternalEnvy and PieLieDie having been victorious at the 2016 Shanghai Major.

UNiVeRsE joins from EG.

With UNiVeRsE incoming, it sadly also means that, in turn, our longest serving player and founding member of the team, Chong Xin ‘Ohaiyo’ Khoo, moves away from our starting roster.

“It is with a very sad heart that we say goodbye to Ohaiyo, he was amazing to work with. But, unfortunately, the way we understood Dota was different and increasingly forced him to play out of his comfort zone. I wish him nothing but the brightest future ahead.

“I would also like to welcome UNiVeRsE, who is new to playing in this region - I hope you'll feel comfortable here.

“Last - but not least - to the fans, we made every decision going forward concerning this with only one goal in mind: to be the very best. Thank you for continuing to support us.” - Adam "adam" Shah , Head Coach

Ohaiyo has been a core member of our DOTA squad ever since our return to the esport back in 2015. For nearly three years, he has been pivotal in forging a South East Asian dynasty with FNATIC, steering the team to a world renowned force within the international scene and creating some of our most cherished memories, especially that run in August 2016.

“We are endlessly grateful for Ohaiyo's contribution to the team and the organisation as a whole. His positive attitude, professionalism and loyalty have been unquestionable. We will miss him in the team.” - Patrik ‘cArn’ Sattermon, Chief Gaming Officer

Ohaiyo will remain with the organisation for the time being, however he has been granted permission to explore his options moving forward.

"Thank you Fnatic for always taking care of me. I'm glad to be part of their family. As for now, I will officially step down from the active roster. Good luck to my teammates going forward. I would like to thank all the friends who keep on supporting me." - Chong Xin ‘Ohaiyo’ Khoo

Ohaiyo departs as Fnatic's longest serving DOTA player.

This change will also reflect in our ESL Genting lineup; the upcoming Valve minor will be the first offline event that UNiVeRsE will compete at in the Black and Orange.

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Saahil to the family. You’ll be able to see him compete for the first time in tomorrow’s (14th January) Bucharest Major Qualifiers.

DOTA 2 LINEUP

#1 - EternalEnVy

#2 - Abed

#3 - UNiVeRsE

#4 - DJ

#5 - PieLieDie

Head Coach - Adam