Muhammad "Moe40" Hariff has announced over social media that he has been moved to the bench on Fnatic Fnatic Europe Rank #11 . The announcement comes one day after fellow teammate Konstantinos "tsack" Theodoropoulos was also benched, following the team failing to qualify for the first Challengers of Stage 2.
A roster shuffle for the British organization has been seemingly under consideration for some time. In Stage 1, the team were denied appearances in the semifinals of all three Challengers, with two of those quarterfinal losses to underdog teams.
Following the announcement of tsack's benching, an immediate tweet from Fnatic team director Colin "CoJo" Johnson hinted at further changes in the roster, with Arran "Halo" Spake reporting another benching to be on the cards.
"I think going into Masters 2 qualifiers, we felt like we had really improved after losing some big series," CoJo said in a statement to Halo. "The boys, the staff, everyone was feeling really positive. However, we kind of knew that if we had another performance like Ballista, then something had to change."
"After the [Alliance] series we sat down," CoJo continued in his statement. "Mini, Boaster and I and decided that we would remove one player from the team, bench another and hold trials this week to try and find that players that would give us the best shot at Iceland."
CoJo additionally mentioned in his statement that the organization are currently trialing upwards of 12 players.