Professional eSports team Fnatic will attend The International Dota 2 tournament with player Adrian "Era" Kryeziu — who last month was taken off the team's line-up due to mental health issues — participating alongside his teammates, according to a post on the group's official website.
Kryeziu has settled into a "regular routine" with his team to prepare for The International 4. The team writes that Valve has taken extra measures to make sure the players' travel and flight to Seattle will be comfortable.
For the past few months, Kryeziu has been too unwell to travel and practice with his team for The International. Last week, Valve's Erik Johnson published a set of emails between him and team manager Patrik Sättermon in which the latter asked that Fnatic be allowed to participate in the tournament with a substitute player. Kryeziu also contacted Valve to say he was feeling better and ready to play, but after a message from Sättermon asking that Kryeziu get a cut of winnings even if he doesn't play, Valve ruled that the team couldn't play without him.
Kryeziu's replacement during his time of illness, Steve "XCalibur" Ye, will also be attending The International with Fnatic as a coach/analyst.
"Despite the tough times I have been going through lately, I am committed to attend TI4 and do my very best for my teammates, family, fans and organization," Kryeziu said in a statement on Fnatic's page.
The International Dota 2 Championships will be held July 18-21 at Key Arena in Seattle, Wash. Participants hailing from around the world will compete in Valve's Dota 2 for a shot a prize pool currently sitting above $10 million.
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