Filipino star Djardel ‘DJ” Mampusti heaved a sigh of relief on Tuesday night.
After all, Fnatic is finally out of the woods following a huge victory over Team Undying in the best-of-one opening round of The International 10 lower bracket.
“We’re feeling really good because there are no more best-of-ones and we’re just so happy that we got through the best of ones,” said DJ, who spearheaded the win playing Clockwerk.
The 26-year-old support was nothing but phenomenal for Fnatic against Team Undying, setting up the pace early after helping Polo “Raven” Fausto’s Luna get the early advantage over lane counterpart Jonáš “SabeRLight-” Volek (Night Stalker).
DJ also initiated multiple plays around the map which gave cores Ng “ChYuan” Kee Chyuan (Void Spirit) and Yang “Deth” Wu Heng (Legion Commander) enough breathing space to lead the early stomp.
The TI6 fourth placer ended up with a game-high 21 assists laced with four kills and five deaths in the victory.
Still, despite the dominant win over the North American squad, DJ admitted that the team is not yet in full shape. After all, this is only the second major tournament for this Fnatic squad right after the Southeast Asia regional qualifiers.
“I think as a team we came in this tournament not as strong, not as good but we’re kind of inconsistent. But we know what we’re capable of and we just remind ourselves that and we just play our best,” admitted DJ.
Fnatic will take on Team Spirit in a best-of-three series in the second round of the lower bracket later in the day.