Fnatic Reveals their New 10-Man League Roster
2016 has not been too kind to Fnatic’s League of Legends division, which has long-since been heralded as one of the strongest names in not just the EU, but the world. Despite their unsurprising top eight finishes at several premier events, such as when they took third at the 2016 EU LCS Spring Playoffs and 5th-6th at the Summer Playoffs, it seemed that the roster continued to lack the edge required that would have helped them move on into world-class events such as MSI and the World Championship.
As a result, Fnatic underwent over a dozen roster changes. Bora “Yellowstar” Kim rejoined only to retire after the conclusion of Worlds, Noh “Gamsu” Yeong-jin left halfway through the year, Jorge “Werlyb” Casanovas and Lee “Spirit” Da-yoon both parted ways with the organization within two weeks of one another, and that is only the tip of the iceberg of Fnatic’s extensive list of changes to their lineup during 2016. With the year coming to a close, though, Fnatic has expressed confidence in their most recent roster as they prepare to take the new year by storm.
Boasting a total of ten players, Fnatic’s new League of Legends division welcomes both fresh and familiar faces to the organization. As Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten takes his leave he is replaced by Ramus “Caps” Winther. Former Origen player Paul “sOAZ” Boyer, who played with Fnatic from 2012 to 2015, will be reclaiming his role as top laner alongside Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider, who also played with Origen as jungler for two years.
On paper, the lineup is a solid one. However, as fans saw with Team SoloMid and G2, we know that on-paper talent isn’t the only thing that matters when you’re playing against some of the greatest minds in League of Legends; only the team’s debut at the 2017 Spring Split will be able to tell us if they can live up to the hype the roster has built.
Fnatic’s full lineup is as follows:
|Paul “sOAZ” Boyer||Top|
|Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider||Jungle|
|Rasmus “Caps” Winther||Mid|
|Martin “Rekkles” Larsson||AD Carry|
|Jesse “Jesiz” Le||Support|
|Giedrius “DoubleG” Dagys||Sub | AD Carry|
|Johan “Klaj” Olsson||Sub | Support|
|Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek||Sub | Top|
Meanwhile, Fnatic’s announcement also confirmed a previously leaked roster they had built for the 2017 EU CS season. The Fnatic Academy lineup, which has been built around Klaj, can be found below:
|Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek||Top|
|Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen||Jungle|
|Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer||Mid|
|Ramsus “MrRalleZ” Skinneholm||AD Carry|
|Johan “Klaj” Ollson||Support|
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