Filipino carry Polo “Raven” Fausto helped Fnatic snap Neon Esports’ five-game winning streak via a tight-2-1 triumph in the Dota Pro Circuit 2021: S1-Southeast Asia Upper Division, Thursday evening.
By winning their head-to-head match-up, Fnatic rose to the top spot with a 5-1 record all while dropping the once unbeaten Neon Esports to the second seed despite posting identical slates.
Raven (Wraith King) came through for Fnatic in Game Three, putting up four kills and 14 assists without a death. The former TNC carry also recorded a whopping 45,257 net worth – the highest in the 52:52-minute match.
Fnatic took down both Erin Jasper “Yopaj” Ferrer (Templar Assassin) and John Anthony “Natsumi-” Vargas (Morphling) in the late-game siege which forced Neon Esports to call gg in the 52:43-mark.
Midlaner Kam “Moon” Boon Seng (Death Prophet) backstopped Raven with nine kills and 13 assists against four deaths while Filipino support and team captain Djardel “DJ” Mampusti (Oracle) supplied 13 assists laced with four kills and four deaths.
Yopaj had five kills and seven assists against four deaths while Natsumi- was held to just three kills, three deaths, and six assists.
The troika of Moon (Storm Spirit), Raven (Io), and Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong (Phoenix) got things going for Fnatic in Game One, initiating a 27-10 stomp to take a 1-0 advantage. Natsumi- fought back with his signature Phantom Assassin, registering a spotless 11-0-9 line to even up the series.
Fnatic and Neon Esports look to secure an outright spot in the Singapore Major playoffs when they face TNC and T1 on February 24 and 25, respectively.