Fans of competitive League of Legends have been used to seeing Fnatic at the top of the EU LCS for years, before the team dipped in the 2016 season. Even Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim coming back from his NA affair couldn’t put them over the hump in the Summer Split. Following the conclusion of Worlds, the org announced their intention to feature an all-European 10 man roster. Rumors are going around concerning the starting five of said roster.
When the discussion turns to Fnatic, one can’t really avoid mentioning Origen, the organization, which was founded by former xPeke star, Enrique "xPeke" Cedeño Martínez. Following a disastrous 2016 Summer Split, the team got rid of their Top Laner and Jungler, Paul "sOAZ" Boyer and Maurice "Amazing" Stückenschneider. While Amazing was best known as the Jungler on Team SoloMid prior to joining Origen and staying with the team for approximately two years, sOAZ was always associated with Fnatic, joining the org in June, 2012 and leaving in December of 2014 to play for his former teammate’s Origen. Now, it seems like the two players from Origen are going to join Fnatic together, at least if a report by ESPN’s Jacob Wolf is to be believed.
It is also rumored that the current Fnatic’s star Mid Laner, Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten is going to join H2k-Gaming, replacing their Korean import, Ryu "Ryu" Sang-wook, at least if the news, reported by ESPN’s Jacob Wolf once again, are to be believed. So far, the reporter is actually quite on point, so there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be believed. Losing Febiven should be a big hit for the rebuilding Fnatic roster. The only player from the team’s last year’s roster is probably going to be Martin “Rekkles” Larsson.
When he was discussing the Febiven move, Wolf also mentioned that the player should be replaced on Fnatic by Rasmus “Caps” Winther, the former Mid Laner from Dark Passage, a Turkish org, which won 2016 TCL Summer. As for the Support spot, it’s reportedly being filled by Jesse “Jesiz” Le, the former assistant coach of Immortals in 2016 NA Summer Split. The player has history playing for organizations like Team Dignitas, SK Gaming, and G2 Esports.
Fnatic’s roster of sOAZ, Amazing, Caps, Rekkles, and Jesiz doesn’t look BAD, however, let’s be honest here, sOAZ is not what you would call a mechanical god, getting by his experience for years, Amazing was never superstar material, Caps… we don’t know much about this one at all. Rekkles is often accused of being too passive, though he IS one of the best AD Carries in Europe. All in all, while this new Fnatic team can place highly in the EU LCS, any kind of international success is quite unlikely. They just lack that… oomph, which was brought by the HuniOver duo in the past.