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For the first time in this season, Fnatic is making a change to its Dota 2 roster as the team and Noa “MP” Pyo parted ways earlier today.
Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong will replace him in the carry role. While Fnatic’s coach, Kim "DuBu" Doo-young will move into the active playing roster, taking over Jabz’ previous support role.
Fnatic TI 2019 Roster:— FNATIC (@FNATIC) June 28, 2019
#5: @DubuDota@MentalProtector will be leaving the active playing roster. DuBu moves from a coaching role to support and Jabz returns to a core role.
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MP is one of three players that joined the team at the start of the season along with Anucha "Jabz" Jirawong and Daryl “iceiceice” Koh to make one of the strongest SEA teams on paper. They delivered on that promise, becoming the 6th team to secure an invite to TI9.
MP was a key figure in this process, helping Fnatic challenge other top tier teams at the 5 majors this season. Unfortunately, after a promising start, Fnatic’s performances have dropped off over the last two majors which has seemingly prompted this roster change.
With just over six weeks until the International 9, this is an odd time to make a change. Teams who make changes this close to big events usually place poorly, but Fnatic is one of the best teams in the world, and Dubu has been part of the team for quite a while. So synergy issues, if any, should be resolved in no time