In a sudden shift that has left fans reeling, hard carry Marc Polo Luis “Raven” Fausto has departed Geek Fam and returned to his former team, Fnatic.

The change comes fresh off of Geek Fam’s impressive wins at BTS Pro Series 2: Southeast Asia and the One Esports Dota 2 SEA League.

The news was initially relayed through Geek Fam’s official Twitter account; first, with a linked TwitLonger message, and then with a banner of appreciation. Reminiscent and in good cheer, the statement noted: “[Raven] has given us a lot of joy throughout the time that he has been part of Geek Fam and definitely leaves us on a high.”

Geek Fam also shared a parting interview with Raven via Facebook Gaming, in which he fondly recounts his victories with the team and how much he has grown as a player. When asked what he would like to say “to his fam,” Raven replied, “Even [if] I’m leaving, I hope you guys can still support both of us — Geek Fam and me. And I just want to thank you guys for all your love and support. Yeah, once a geek, always a fam.”

Fnatic has since released its own statement via the organization’s official website, welcoming Raven and highlighting its struggles upon meeting him in tournaments. “What he managed to achieve at TNC till his latest team GeekFam has always guaranteed a headache for us at Fnatic whenever facing him, so much so that he took our team off of our perch during BTS Pro Series 2 and One Esports SEA Dota League,” it narrated.

Eric ‘Reinnnn’ Khor, Fnatic’s Team Manager, further explained that the decision was made to work at building a Southeast Asian superteam and for them to continuously dominate the region: “He will bring a new dimension to the team and add some firepower to our already stacked roster.”

Raven will be replacing Nuengnara ‘23savage’ Teeramahanon on the Fnatic roster, with the organization praising the latter on his tournament performances. “I am very happy to celebrate [23savage] reaching 11k MMR during [his] stint with us. I wish [him] the best of luck and I am sure we will meet each other in many LANs in the future,” Reinnnn said.

The Southeast Asian teams that participated in the ONE Esports Dota 2 SEA League are currently looking into improving their respective rosters, after competing together for an entire month straight. Neon Esports, Adroit Esports, and Reality Rift have all made adjustments to their rosters as well.

Fnatic’s current roster:

  1. Marc Polo Luis “Raven” Fausto
  2. Kam “Moon” Boon Seng
  3. Daryl Koh “iceiceice” Pei Xiang
  4. Djardel “DJ” Mampusti
  5. Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong

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