posted by Abelle,
A team that started out dominating online but struggling on LAN is starting to get figured out online, but could this mean good things for their LAN performance? When world Team Faceless* came together after TI6 and almost immediately began their first lengthy win streak. Their success came as a bit of a surprise. Both de Dominik 'Black^' Reitmeier and sg Jeng Yih 'WarNutZ' Wong had been mostly absent from the professional scene for months, and sg Toh Wai 'xy-' Hong had been gone for years, studying in university.

Nevertheless, Faceless dominated SEA in multiple qualifiers, grabbing spots at The Summit 6, The Boston Major and Dota Pit League Season 5. Before heading off to The Summit, Faceless also won the ProDota Cup.eu SEA #3.

When it came to LANs, Faceless fell flat, including a 9th-16th (first round elimination) finish at The Boston Major. It seemed that the team was much more comfortable online than on LAN, but things are slowly changing.

The thing is that while their LAN performances are improving since then, their dominance online is faltering. They are no longer easily winning every qualifier, but this might be a good thing. Losing is a great way of learning your weaknesses, and winning every qualifier match (or even being directly invited) takes away those opportunities for learning.

With this in mind, as well as Team Faceless' continued improvement at LAN events, they could very well improve over their last Major result.

Team Faceless' roster:
de Dominik 'Black^' Reitmeier
th Anucha 'Jabz' Jirawong
sg Daryl Koh 'iceiceice' Pei Xiang
sg Toh Wai 'xy-' Hong
sg Jeng Yih 'WarNutZ' Wong



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