Recently, speculation has been aflame, discussing the possible roster for the most successful European LoL team ever, Fnatic. In the 2016 season, the most recent iteration of Fnatic performed way under expectations, playing without their heart and soul, Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim for the first time in a long time. Even when the player came back for the Summer Split, Fnatic performed below expectations, failing to reach the Finals in the 2016 Summer Split Playoffs. Understandably, things needed to change. To that purpose, the team decided to go with a 10 man roster of sorts, similar to Team Liquid situation from last split.
The only player to remain on the main roster from last season is Martin “Rekkles” Larsson. Joining him in the Top Lane is a veteran of Fnatic, who went off to have an adventure on Origen, Paul “sOAZ” Boyer, together with former Jungler from Origen and Team SoloMid, Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider. With Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten joining H2k-Gaming, the Mid Lane is filled by Rasmus “Caps” Winther, while Support will be played by former Immortals coach and player on several teams, including G2 and SK Gaming, Jesse “Jesse” Le.
The second half of the roster will play at the challenger level and include Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek in Top Lane, Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen in the Jungle, Yasin “Nisqy” Dincer in Mid, Rasmus “MrRallez” Skinneholm as AD Carry, and Johan “Klaj” Olsson as the Support, coached by Kublai “Kubz” Barlas. Well known LCS organizations have been making big amounts of money by forming Challenger teams to qualify for the LCS and the selling the spot to the highest bidder for a while now. While this practice is getting axed in NA, it still remains to be seen how the EU LCS is going to act.
The most interesting, if not immediately obvious thing in this whole venture is the fall of Kikis. Just before the 2016 EU LCS Summer Split, Kikis was the starting Top Laner for the best team in the EU LCS, G2 Esports. When the management brought in a Korean sub, Gi “Expect” Dae-han, Kikis wasn’t willing to share play time, raising a stink about the whole thing. Finally, the situation was resolved when the Polish player left the team and joined Fnatic. Now, he’s not even on the main Fnatic roster. That must sting for a player who said that having a guaranteed starting spot in G2 is very important to him. He has a starting spot. In B league.
It remains to be seen how the whole thing is going to work. Will Fnatic switch players in and out like it’s done in a real 10-man basketball roster, or will they just run the teams separate from each other? It will be an interesting process to witness.