Fnatic will be swapping their players for the upcoming StarLadder ImbaTV Invitational Season 5 Valve Minor tournament, with Johan “Pieliedie” Åström moving into the substitute position while Adam “Adam” Shah, who is also Fnatic’s coach. Adam will be resuming Pieliedie’s former role of position five (support), a role he is more than familiar with.
For those who have forgotten, Adam was part of the Fnatic squad in 2016, which saw them take fourth place at The International 6 (TI6). After the post TI6 shuffle, Adam went over to the Philippines where he played under the Execration banner, although that only lasted for a month. He then brought his talents over to Europe for team B)ears alongside players like Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat and Adrian “FATA-” Trinks, both of whom are now with Team Secret.
Adam was also CompLexity Gaming’s coach after Team B)ears fell through before coming back again as a player for Malaysian-based Fire Dragoon E-sports. After leaving Fire Dragoon late last year, Adam has since been Fnatic’s coach.
With the years of experience he has under his belt, it will be interesting to see what Adam can bring to the table again, especially when the meta of Dota 2 has shifted and evolved tremendously. Of course, that isn’t to say that he will be horrible by any means. With Fnatic currently sitting in 11th place in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) rankings, they are surely looking to make their mark at The International 8 (TI8), especially since Mineski have leapfrogged them to fourth, almost absolutely securing themselves a direct invite.
The upcoming StarLadder ImbaTV Invitational Season 5 Valve Minor will be the first of six Valve Minor and Major tournaments left before TI8 rolls around. Unfortunately, Fnatic will be missing out on EPICENTER XL, which is a Valve Major tournament and holding 1,500 DPC points. This means that Fnatic will have to prove their worth at GESC: Thailand Dota 2 Minor, MDL Changsha Major, ESL One Birmingham 2018 and China Dota 2 Supermajor.
Of the four tournaments, Fnatic did manage to secure a direct invite to the Southeast Asian Qualifiers for both the GESC: Thailand Dota 2 Minor and MDL Changsha Major. Hopefully they’ll be able to pull through as it would be great to have another Southeast Asian team at TI8.