Fnatic Removes Amazing from Starting Lineup

Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider will no longer be playing on Fnatic’s League of Legends Championship Series roster as he moves on to Fnatic Academy, according to a post made by the organization. He will be replaced by Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pederson, making the lineup shuffle an in-house swap between the EU LCS and EU CS sister teams.

Earlier this month, it was revealed by Fnatic that Amazing would be taking a two-week break from competitive play to make way for Broxah on the starting roster. Fnatic explained the move as one that was based on Broxah’s “excellent displays” in the Challenger Series as the starting jungler for Fnatic Academy, so it’s not terribly surprising to see him become a more permanent fixture in the organization’s EU LCS roster as Fnatic praises his recent performances.

“Back at the beginning of the month we announced that Broxah would be coming into the senior roster for Weeks 4 & 5, in place of Amazingx who would be taking a small break from competitive play,” wrote Fnatic, “Over those 2 weeks, the young jungler has shown some exceptional form, particularly for a rookie, and his attitude both on and off the rift has been outstanding. Therefore, Broxah will be holding onto his spot in the LCS roster, while Amazingx will move into the Challenger Series to help our Academy team in their fight for promotion.”

What is troubling is Fnatic’s clear plans to have their sister team compete in the promotion tournament that will take place at the end of the season, should they place high enough in the EU CS standings. Per Riot’s announcement in December regarding format changes to the EU LCS and EU CS, starting the upcoming 2017 Summer Split, organizations will not be permitted to run a sister team in the EU CS while they have an active roster competing in the EU LCS. Should Fnatic Academy succeed in championing the promotion tournament, Fnatic would be forced to sell the acquired LCS spot and then make the decision to either release an entire lineup or make an attempt to merge them together into a single team. Given the enormous costs of fielding a ten-man team in the LCS, it bodes ill for those on Fnatic Academy.

Presently, the lineups for both Fnatic and Fnatic Academy are as follows:

Fnatic Role Fnatic Academy
Paul “sOAZ” Boyer Top lane Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek
Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen Jungle Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider
Rasmus “Caps” Winther Mid lane Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer
Martin “Rekkles” Larsson AD Ramus “MrRallez” Skinneholm
Jesse “Jesiz” Le Support Johan “Klaj” Olsso
Mike “Wickd” Petersen Sub|Top Benjamin “Zhergoth” Sánchez
Sub|Jungle Daniel “Dan” Hockley
Yannick “Pandarlicious” Greff Sub|Support Wolfgang “Wolle” Landes

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