Fnatic’s Journey from S1 to S3
Fnatic is a team that has been around since S1, winning Season 1 Championship, IEM New York, DreamHack Winter 2012. Naturally for such a long career it has had some roster changes. Usually new players on the team mean miscommunication, lack of synergy and maybe even behavioral issues that lower in game performance. However, every single one of these lineup changes have brought huge short-term momentum to their play.
Tournaments won: Season 1 Championship, IEM New York
The original roster was changed in Season 2, when one of their founding members – Maciej “Shushei” Ratuszniak (Top lane), was evicted from the team due to not being on the same level as the other professional top laners. Fnatic picked up a former player of their Season 1 rivals (aAa) – Paul “sOAZ” Boyer and went on to win the first two rounds of 2012 MLG Pro Circuit/Spring, but ultimately they finished 5th – 6th.
Tournaments won: - ( Notable appearances : DreamHack Summer 2012 – 4th place )
Fnatic`s versatility was proven in Pre-Season 3, when they were forced to send a drastically changed lineup, consisting of sOAZ, xPeke from the official roster and John “hyrqBot” Velly (Jungle), Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim (ADC), Christoph “nRated” Seitz (Support) as temporary players, to Paris Games Week 2012. Against all odds they pulled up a near flawless victory, dropping only 1 game in the group stages due to arriving late. nRated then got promoted to official roster member.
Tournaments won: ASUS Republic of Gamers – Paris Games Week 2012
Notable VOD’s (in this case highlights): VOD 1 (Paris Games Week 2012)
Throughout late 2012, the Swedish player Martin “Rekkles” Larsson played for Fnatic as their ADC. With this fresh lineup the team went on a winning streak taking 1st at THOR Open 2012, DreamHack Winter 2012 and 2nd at IGN ProLeague Season 5 & IEM Season VII – Global Challenge Cologne.
Tournaments won: THOR Open 2012, DreamHack Winter 2012
Season 3 Spring
Soon enough Fnatic had to resort to changes due to Rekkles being underage, so they picked up YellOwStaR for the AD carry role. The team had no problem getting used to playing with a new player and took the victory in LCS Spring Playoffs home.
Tournaments won: LCS EU Spring Playoffs (1st Place)
Season 3 Summer
Recently Fnatic released nRated, switched YellOwStaR to Support and added Johannes “puszu” Uibos to the bottom lane duo as the AD carry. The momentum is once again present as they won their first 2 games after the change with puszu proving he is of the same caliber as the rest.
Tournaments won: – (Currently #3 in the LCS Summer Split)
The fact that all the swaps and changes were successful says a lot about Fnatic’s stable team atmosphere, attitude and determination. The ability to adapt to any situation, with any set of players could very much be the thing that makes Fnatic a top competitor in the League of legends scene.