Former Fnatic Offlaner Ohaiyo Shares Thoughts after Being Removed from Team
In a recent Facebook post, Chong Xin “Ohaiyo” Khoo, the former offlaner for Fnatic, has expressed his feelings about being removed from the team just three days ago.
Ohaiyo revealed that he was informed of his replacement by Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora, a former offlaner for Evil Geniuses, immediately after their successful qualification for the ESL One Katowice Major. He was also informed that UNiVeRsE had already arrived in Malaysia a few days prior to their victory in the qualifier, indicating that the decision to replace Ohaiyo had been made beforehand.
Expressing his disappointment, Ohaiyo stated in his Facebook post, “No matter if we win or lose in tournaments, I will be replaced. I’m not upset about being replaced, but I’m disappointed that my teammates used me for their own benefit.”
Impact on Ohaiyo’s Future
Unfortunately, due to the timing of his removal, Ohaiyo will not be able to sign with a new team during the next free agency period in the Valve Major circuit starting on Feb. 5. This means that he will miss out on participating in the ESL One Genting Minor on Jan. 23 and is unlikely to find a roster to compete with for the ESL One Katowice Major on Feb. 20.
Roster Rules and Fairness Discussion
This incident has sparked a debate regarding the roster rules within the Dota Pro Circuit and the fairness of replacing a player who has already qualified for an event. Ohaiyo questioned the decision, saying, “They could have replaced me once Universe arrived, but not after we secured the slot for ESL One Katowice. Perhaps they were worried about losing the slot to a major event.”
Ohaiyo, who has been regarded as one of the top players from Malaysia during his three-year tenure with Fnatic, achieved impressive results in international competitions, including reaching the top three at The International 3 and finishing in the final four at The International 6, alongside Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung.
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