Ohaiyo: 'This is how cruel they are'

posted by Abelle,
Late last week, just hours after helping his team to qualify for ESL One Katowice 2018, my Chong Xin 'Ohaiyo' Khoo was kicked from Int Fnatic. Now, he's taken to Facebook to express his thoughts on the situation.

According to the post, Ohaiyo attended a celebratory pizza dinner with his team after they bested ph TNC Predator in a tight 3-2 victory which secured them a spot at the upcoming Major in Katowice. Shortly after this dinner, Ohaiyo says that he was informed that he was being replaced by us Saahil 'Universe' Arora=, that Universe had already arrived in Malaysia and that the former EG offlaner was currenty staying in ca Jacky 'EternaLEnVy' Mao's rental house.

Ohaiyo clarifies that he is not upset that the team has decided to kick him, but rather with the way he says that they chose to do so - in making the decision but then waiting for the ESL One Katowice qualifier to conclude before informing him of it. In previous years, removal of a player after Major qualification would have been a breach of Valve's roster lock rules but due to the tight schedule and timing of the current roster shuffle period, Fnatic are not breaking any rules here.

According to the Valve's roster registration site FAQ, "During the registration period, [...] there are no penalties for playing with substitutes." While there are no substitutes involved in this situation, the same rules that govern point penalties for teams with subs apply to teams playing with only part of their registered roster.

Since the rosters are currently unlocked, teams are free to play with whoever they want without penalty as long as they lock in before Feb 5. Several events fall within that window, including the recently concluded ESL One Katowice qualfier, ESL One Genting 2018 and the Starladder | i-League Invitational #4 Minor.

Unlike past incidents in which players were kicked very shortly before rosters locked, Valve's two-part system means Ohaiyo has 21 days to find a new team. Unfortunately, the fact that the roster lock is happening during Majors and Minors means that in addition to missing the Major in Katowice, Ohaiyo will also no longer be playing in his home country at ESL One Genting at the end of this month, an event his former team was directly invited to.

This situation puts Ohaiyo in a difficult position after his 2.5 years with Fnatic, and his post has the Dota 2 community expressing their support on Twitter this morning.

Kidding me ? Guess who fucking strikes again. https://t.co/4VQ0kWlKBR— Theeban Siva (@1437x) January 15, 2018

Same time every year. 2015 : Pie+Aui 2016 : Misery + W33 2017: SVG +1437 2018: Ohaiyo . At least its one less person this time ? progress...? Someone stop this super villain.— Theeban Siva (@1437x) January 15, 2018

After reading @ohyohyohy post pic.twitter.com/USlYR1CvUO— Team Empire (@team_empire) January 15, 2018

Its very disgusting to see people treated in such a disrespectful and cold manner. Poor @ohyohyohy— shane (@shaneomad) January 15, 2018

When they literally could have played with Universe for the bo5 against TnC but chose to 'use' Ohaiyo for that series, you know something is fucked up.And that's clearly a decision a player(s) probably pushed for, not any management. :( :( :(— David Parker | Godz (@BTSGoDz) January 15, 2018

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