Fnatic’s Raven raring to face Team Secret in Singapore Major

Published March 7, 2021, 10:59 PM

by Jeremiah Sevilla

Photo from Fnatic Dota Facebook page 

Everyone wants a piece of the best Dota 2 team in the world right now and that includes Fnatic’s Filipino carry Polo “Raven” Fausto. 

Raven, one of the members of the elite 11K MMR club, is raring to take on Team Secret which is considered by fans and pundits as the team to beat in the upcoming ONE Esports Singapore Major presented by PGL on March 27 to April 4. 

“I want to play against Secret because they’re the best team right now,” said the 22-year-old Raven after Fnatic downed TNC Predator, 2-1, last week to secure its spot in the Major and eventually take a seat in the playoffs.  

Like Fnatic, Secret punched a ticket straight to the Major playoffs after dominating the stacked Dota Pro Circuit (DPC)-Europe Upper Division featuring The International champions OG and Nigma (formerly Team Liquid). 

Led by TI1 winning captain-support Clement “Puppey” Ivanov and TI7 champ carry Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen, Secret swept its seven games in the six-week league highlighted by a 2-0 beating of Nigma and a 2-1 win over OG. 

Secret, which also has mid laner Michal “Nisha” Jankowski, offlaner Ludwig “Zai” Wahlberg and position-4 support Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat, was notable for seizing eight straight championships with 3-0 victories in the grand finals of those online tournaments last year. 

For their part, Raven and Fnatic emerged on top of the SEA Upper Division with a 6-1 record, with their lone loss surprisingly inflicted by BOOM Esports. 

Besides getting a chance to take on Secret, the former TNC Predator and Geek Fam carry can’t wait to play in the historic SG Major which will be held offline with strict health and safety measures in line with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Of course I’m very happy (we qualified). This is the first Major (of the year). I’m excited to play,” said Raven.