The Southeast Asian squad is making some changes to its roster in preparation for TI9
The pre-TI9 roster changes just keep on coming in, but this time around the changes are coming from a squad that has already secured itself a place on the Dota 2 world’s biggest stage in Shanghai. Southeast Asian squad Fnatic has announced that it is making some changes to its lineup, with Carry Pyo “MP” No-a shifting to an inactive role within the organization. Taking up his place at the Carry position will be Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong, who moves over from the Support position as part of this roster change. With Jabz shifting from Support to Carry, team coach Kim “DuBu” Doo-young will move into the team’s active roster, taking over both the Support duties and the role of captain for the squad.
For DuBu, this move marks a return to active professional play for the first time in around 9 months, as the Korean player had been serving as Fnatic’s coach throughout the 2018-2019 season to this point. His last professional team as a player was North American squad Immortals, a team that attended 3 Minors in the 2017-2018 Pro Circuit season, finishing 7th-8th in two of them while claiming a 3rd-4th place position in the other. As for Jabz, this will not be the first time that he has been put into a core position, as Jabz spent significant time as the Midlaner for Signature.Trust and Team Faceless before coming to the Fnatic roster. The team will have plenty of time to adjust to its new roster, as Fnatic has the luxury of skipping the TI9 Qualifiers and will advance directly to the event itself, which is set to begin August 15.
The roster of Fnatic:
Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong (Carry)
Abed “Abed” Azel L. Yusop (Mid)
Daryl Koh “iceiceice” Pei Xiang (Offlane)
Djardel Jicko B. “DJ” Mampusti (Support)
Kim “DuBu” Doo-young (Support, Captain)
Eric “ReiNNNN” Khor (Manager)