Fnatic has parted ways with Djardel Jicko “DJ” Mampusti, Adam “343” Erwann Shah and Zheng “MidOne” Yeik Nei, the organization announced Wednesday.

“12 months ago, Fnatic set out to forge the strongest team in South East Asia; a team that not only dominated its region, but was also a force to be reckoned with on an international level. … However, it has been mutually agreed that this is the right time for the players and Fnatic to part ways, allowing for rest and to explore new opportunities.”

Team manager Eric “ReiNN” Khor was quick to deny any rumors about Fnatic booting their players from the team. In his statement, he clarified that each of the three players made the decision to leave due to personal reasons, and that they are leaving on amicable terms.

“The 2015-2016 season of Dota 2 for Fnatic has been an insane one. We have had a lot of ups and downs, in and out, but I am glad that we were still able to finish at TI on a high note. I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of the Fnatic family this season (Black, ADTR, and Net included). With that said, I am sad to see DJ, 343 and MidOne departing from the team. … To Dj, MidOne, and 343: It has been a pleasure managing all three of you and I am sure you will find success in your next steps.”

MidOne’s reason for leaving is a respectable, yet simple one: He wants to branch out and experience new things within competitive Dota 2. With Fnatic being the first organization he has seriously competed with since launching his gaming career in December of 2015, fans can understand his desire to not permanently anchor himself with just one team.

The biggest deciding factor for DJ’s departure was quite different from his teammates’, though not one that is uncommon with players that must live in a foreign country with teammates. In a statement posted to Fnatic’s website, he explained that he had been experiencing a bout of homesickness after two years of living in Malaysia, and that he is toying with the idea of playing with a team based in the Philippines once returning home. Currently, however, DJ plans to take a break from Dota 2 so he can spend time with his family and get some much-needed rest.

After a year of being burned out by the constant training and traveling that is required by pro players, 343 says that he is leaving Fnatic so he can take a break of his own.

“Playing in this team was an amazing experience, I would like to take a short break as it has been a really tiring year for me. I’d like to say a humongous thank you to Fnatic as well as my teammates, we shall meet again.”

While Fnatic saw a mostly successful run at qualifiers and minor events during 2016, such as BTS Southeast Asia and SEA Kappa Invitational Season 2, they struggled as a team to make it into top four at premier-level events. At The Manila Major they took 5th-6th, and placed a disappointing 7th-8th at ESL One Frankfurt. However, they did manage to perform well at The International 2016, taking 4th place and securing themselves over $1.45 million in prize money after losing to TI6 runner ups Digital Chaos.

Fnatic will be rebuilding a Dota 2 roster with the two remaining players Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung and Chong Xin “Ohaiyo” Khoo, so fans can look forward to updates.

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