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Epicenter Major Begins!

The EPICENTER Major begins!

The final Major of the DPC is upon us, and it couldn’t be bigger. Taking place in the Russian capital of Moscow, home to one of Dota’s biggest fan bases, the EPICENTER Major features $1,000,000 USD prize money, an incredible lineup of teams, and the last chance to earn a direct invite to The International 9.

We were so hyped to be playing in Russia that we couldn’t resist doing something special, so we designed a limited edition Russian-style Fnatic hoodie to celebrate the occasion.

But first, let’s take a look at the season so far…

Qualifying for Moscow meant that Fnatic had made it to all 5 Majors of the DPC season, an excellent achievement in itself, but it hasn’t been all smooth sailing. In September the team launched the new look line up, featuring some of the biggest stars in the region:

  1. Pyo “MP” No-a
  2. Abed “Abed” Azel L. Yusop
  3. Daryl Koh “iceiceice” Pei Xiang
  4. Djardel Jicko B. “DJ” Mampusti
  5. Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong

The Kuala Lumpur Major

After assembling one of the most exciting Southeast Asian squads in recent memory Fnatic attended the first major of the season in Kuala Lumpur.In a recent interview Abed mentioned that the KL Major was the most difficult of the season, due to the squad still being newly formed. They were knocked to the lower bracket by eventual champions Virtus.Pro before being finished by EG, finishing 7-8th place.

The Chongqing Major

Next stop China for the Chongqing Major. Fnatic got off to an amazing start in the group stages going undefeated, including a revenge 2-0 against EG, and went straight to the upper bracket. The home teams however proved strong and EHOME sent the boys down to the lower bracket before eventually losing to PSG.LGD. It was still a much-improved showing and the team finished 5-6th.

The Stockholm Major

The DPC then went to Sweden for the DreamLeague Major and Fnatic started strong again, winning all of their group stage series and going straight to the upper bracket. They achieved a season highlight by taking down Virtus.pro 2-0 in the playoffs and was just one game away from the grand finals before Vici Gaming secured the spot. Virtus.pro found their way back via the lower bracket and won the rematch with Fnatic 2-1. The boys finished the tournament in 3rd place and just a few points shy of an invite to The International.

The Paris Major

The penultimate major took place at Paris Disneyland and, given Fnatics constantly improving results, the expectations were huge. The team stumbled, finishing bottom of their group before being eliminated in a lower bracket BO1 by Keen Gaming. However the sting of finishing last was slightly offset by securing the all important invite to The International 2019 with the 75 ranking points that last place offered.

What’s in store for the EPICENTER Major?

A refreshed Fnatic, straight from a bootcamp at the Kuala Lumpur team house, find themselves in Group A along with RNG, Secret, and paiN Gaming. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Team Secret is the group favourites, they are the overwhelming leader of the season. Fnatic will be expected to beat paiN Gaming, however after the slip up in Paris the team won’t be taking anything for granted.

The most interesting encounter is the opener against RNG, who Fnatic have never faced in an official match. If you are in a group with Secret then you better win your other games and both teams will be desperate to get the tournament off to a good start.

If Fnatic can win against both the intimidating line up of RNG and DPC leaders Secret on day 1, they will be considered genuine contenders for the title in Moscow. You can watch Fnatic start their Moscow Campaign at 12pm CEST June 22nd.