Fnatic parts ways with Raven after 2 years
Fnatic is now left with three players following the departure of its carry player, Raven.
The post-TI stormy shuffle season has affected numerous teams, and Fnatic too made significant changes. After 2 years under Fnatic's banner, carry player, Marc "Raven" Fausto, mutually agreed to part ways and explore other opportunities.
Throughout 2022, Fnatic has consistently been on the global radar. The team showed dominant results in the Southeast Asia leagues and qualified for the Majors and The International 11. However, their international results weren't as impressive. Fnatic suffered early elimination in most international tournaments, except for ESL One Malaysia, where they placed 4th.
After another disappointing run at TI11, Fnatic opts for change. A week ago (November 4th), the organization parted ways with offlaner Anucha "Jabz" Jirawong, who signed with Talon Esports, and coach Lee "SunBhie" Jeong-jae. With Raven also out of the team, Fnatic is currently left with three players:
- Armel "Armel" Tabios
- Djardel "DJ" Mampusti
- Jaunuel "Jaunuel" Arcilla.
There is no hint as to where Raven is headed next. But there is an intriguing possibility that Geek Fam might be one of the potential teams.
A possible Geek Fam reunion?
The Geek Fam lineup in 2020 featuring Raven, Xepher, Kuku, Karl, and Whitemon.
Geek Fam is a Malaysian esports team that was once active in the Dota 2 space. The organization witnessed the growth of young potentials like the Jun Wen "JT-" Thiay and Chan "Oli" Chon Kien duo (2021 Singapore Major champions), Rolen "skem" Ong (Gamers Galaxy Dubai champion), and Ng "ChYuan" Kee Chyuan (TI player).
In late 2020 Geek Fam released its Dota 2 division due to the struggles of the pandemic. However, it recently showed signs of life and teased a return.
Raven used to play for Geek Fam in 2020 and interestingly, all of his teammates back then are currently free agents. The Geek Fam lineup includes Raven, Karl "Karl" Baldovino, Carlo "Kuku" Palad, Kenny "Xepher" Deo, and Matthew "Whitemon" Filemon. These stars competing together wearing the colors of Geek Fam would not only be interesting but incredibly nostalgic!
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Sarah "KZ" Zulkiflee
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Born and grew up in Malaysia, but a citizen of the world. High-key addicted to everything Dota 2. Spams support heroes but Ancient Apparition is an all-time favorite (a 100% Ice Blast accuracy). Only PMA during the day.