Fnatic recently kicked Ohaiyo from their roster and picked up Universe for the ESL Katowice tournament. This was done discretely as they wanted to qualify for the ESL one Katowice tournament as well. Once they qualified for the tournament, they announced that they will be using Universe on their roster instead of Ohaiyo. Obviously, it was a huge backstab for the player as he did not expect his teammates to turn their backs on him. Carn from Fnatic released a statement regarding the controversy on their facebook page.
We want to emphasize that this decision was not taken lightly, and even that the timing of the change may look off given our team’s recent progress, it’s the only real option we have with the approaching roster lock(which only recently was communicated) to secure a player which we think can further accelerate our development, and with that taking us closer to winning our first international tournament.
Ohaiyo has been a cornerstone of our DOTA team since we returned to the title in 2015, and we have nothing but respect and appreciation for his loyalty, hard work, and contributions to the squad and Fnatic as a whole. I personally cherish many great memories from working with Ohaiyo and I will never forget the amazing run him and the team had at TI6 where we made it to top 4.
We are now helping Ohaiyo seek other options as a player, but we are equally open to continue working with him in other capacities as few come close to his experience and professional attitude. Due to Ohaiyo’s attendance at the recent Katowice Major he will also be given a share of any prize money winnings from the LAN finals.
For our squad the grind and aspiration to be the best at what we do continues with full force and you will already tomorrow see us battling out in the Bucharest Major qualifier, where Universe will make his debut as a Black and Orange. I want to use this opportunity to thank all the Fnatic fans for your support and we will do our utmost to make 2018 another memorable year.
Patrik “cArn” Sättermon Fnatic Chief Gaming Officer