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NoVa leaves Fnatic

By Samuel 'DarthBotto' Horton
Jun 29, 2012 05:05

ImageThe international Dota 2 and Heroes of Newerth squad of Fnatic releases Jascha "NoVa" Markuse, who will further pursue his professional gaming career in the HoN scene elsewhere.

DE Jascha 'NoVa' Markuse has been a long-standing member of the international Dota 2 team of EU Fnatic EU, which transitioned into the popular action RTS sequel after a run as the most dominant Heroes of Newerth team to date. Since joining the squad in an overhaul of the roster, NoVa helped the team win dozens of events, including the $60,000 first prize from the tournament funded by S2 Games, DreamHoN. He will now be departing from the Fnatic Dota 2 roster to return to the HoN scene, in order to begin building a new team this Saturday, June 30th.

The road of the team, and especially NoVa, in Dota 2 has been nothing short of rocky and challenging. Unlike their fellow international HoN players transitioning to Dota 2, EU mousesports , Fnatic had a difficult time transitioning to the sequel to the popular custom map, with different mechanics and competitive standards to adjust to. Furthermore, NoVa received harsh scrutiny from the community, to in part to sarcastic statements he gave about the merits of mobile gaming, along with his performance in-game. Recent performances by Fnatic of late, however, have shown a great deal of increase in skill and indicate that the team is finally finding their feet and ready to make a stand in the scene. With NoVa's departure, Fnatic is looking to continue participating in the scene, albeit substitutes, until a permanent candidate may be secured.

NoVa provided the following statement:
"Over the past few months I had less and less time to devote to progaming due to other things that needed my attention, effort and time. I stopped streaming, coaching to an extent and had very little fan contact in general. Yet everyone else in Fnatic managed to train more than twice the amount of games I did.

This obviously hurt the team performance atleast within Dota2. And even though most 'other things' have been resolved and completed by now, it would be somewhat delusional to force my team to wait for me until I have caught up.

Combined with the fact that I still played a couple HoN games here and there it was time to go for a new chapter in my professional gaming career."

Source: Fnatic, NoVa's blog



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