Fnatic have announced that their Dota 2 roster will participate in ESL One Thailand 2020 with a stand-in on the third position – Lee "Forev" Sang-don will temporarily replace Daryl Koh "iceiceice" Pei Xiang, who decided to take a break from competitive scene.
Forev is a 28-years-old offlaner from South Korea, whose most recent team was T1 – with them he spent the entire previous season and was let go few weeks ago. Earlier he also played for J.Storm, Immortals, Digital Chaos, Team Secret and MVP.
Iceiceice has been playing for Fnatic since September 2018. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team has been rather dominant in the Southeast Asia region, winning four events in a row, among which are ESL One Los Angeles 2020, BTS Pro Series, ESL One Birmingham 2020 and World E-sports Legendary League. Recently they also placed 3rd at BTS Pro Series Season 2 and 2nd at ONE Esports SEA League. According to the organization’s statement, iceiceice will be inactive until the next Dota Pro Circuit event.
Next week the team will start competing at a $135,000 event ESL One Thailand 2020: Asia. Among other confirmed participants are BOOM Esports, Geek Fam, TNC Predator. The group seeds have not been disclosed yet.