ESL One Genting kicks off today with much fanfare, as expected from a passionate crowd attending the first premium Dota 2 tournament in Malaysia. Most of the spotlight was on local favorites Fnatic and WarriorsGaming.Unity, but unfortunately, both teams lost their round 1 (best of 1) matches against Virtus.Pro and current world champions, Wings Gaming respectively. Fnatic’s European opponent was tactically on point, but Mushi and Co.’s defeat can also be attributed to their latest roster change, bringing in Yongmin ‘febby’ Kim, Wei Poong ‘YamateH’ Ng, and Muhammad ‘InYourDream’ Rizky.
Such a drastic shakeup of the team is not uncommon in the eSports scene and the negative effects can be mitigated with practice, though Fnatic wasn’t afforded the luxury of time to do so. “InYourDream only started joining us on Wednesday so we didn’t have much time to practice. With that said, we are aware of our potential in this tournament and we are aiming for a top 3 finish,” said veteran player Chong Xin ‘Ohaiyo’ Khoo.
Some might also question the change of teammates in affecting the team’s general gameplay, but Ohaiyo stated that wasn’t the case. “Mushi and I formed the team, so we don’t necessarily change our style whenever a new member comes in.” Elaborating further on Fnatic’s policy in getting new players up to speed, team captain Yee Fung ‘Mushi’ Chai said it’s a collaborative process. “We'll actually try to adapt to each other to get the best result, so I wouldn’t want them to accommodate to my style only.”
Despite the apparent disappointment after Fnatic’s first round lost, they still have the chance to bounce back tomorrow against Team NP in the lower bracket, though victory is a must for them to progress in the tournament. You can tune into ESL One’s Twitch channel to catch the game live at 1030 GMT+8.