Filipino Members of Fnatic Finally Return Home From Romania
Two players and one staff member from Fnatic's contingent at The International 10 (TI10) have finally returned home from Romania, the event's host country. This was announced by Fnatic's Director, Eric "ReiNNNN" Khor, in a tweet posted on 7th Nov 2021, stating that he was delighted to announce the return of his team members. Since TI10 ended on 17th Oct 2021, it has been an arduous journey coming back for these players as they were stuck for twenty days. Previously, other Filipino players from TI10 were also reported to be stuck, but some of them were able to return home much earlier.
DJ, Raven, and one Fnatic staff member finally return to the Philippines from Romania
ReiNNNN announced that Fnatic members Djardel Jicko B. "DJ" Mampusti, Marc Polo Luis "Raven" Fausto, and Paolo Bago had finally returned to the Philippines after a long delay.
Initially, on 19th Oct 2021, ReiNNNN had tweeted that the following Filipino members were stranded in Romania.
Carlo "Kuku" Palad (T1)
Karl "Karl" Jayme (T1)
Djardel Jicko B. "DJ" Mampusti (Fnatic)
Marc Polo Luis "Raven" Fausto (Fnatic)
Abed “Abed” Azel L. Yusop (Evil Geniuses)
Paolo Bago (Performance Coach, Fnatic)
Travel problems were caused by an advisory issued by the Philippines Bureau of Immigration, which categorized Romania as a ‘Red List’ country. Travellers from Romania were prevented from entering the Philippines. There was a clause allowing returning Filipinos to enter the country, but a lack of coordination reportedly led to problems. This Advisory was in effect from 16th to 31st Oct 2021.
A few days later, Kuku and Karl somehow managed to board a flight, but the other members were still stuck behind.
In a later communications post, Bago stated they were trying to get to Dubai in order to return home, and that the accommodation bills were being paid by PGL and Valve. In a recent Instagram story, Raven posted a picture of himself at the Dubai Mall. The group appears to have traveled from Romania to Dubai and then to the Philippines.
Now that these players have finally returned home, they have a very important event ahead of them - the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC). The DPC 2021-22, which will lead to TI11, is reportedly scheduled to begin with the first regional league on 29th Nov 2021.