As a team here at APGNation’s eSports division we always love the off season with all it’s roster changes and excitement, sometimes even more so than the season itself, but we also know it can be hard to keep track of who’s going where and who everyone is. That’s why we’ve been working hard to bring you team profiles that can help you stay up to date and in the know. In this profile, Will Whittingham takes a look at a returning European powerhouse, Fnatic.
Yeong-Jin ‘Gamsu’ Noh arrived at Fnatic at the beginning of the 2016 Spring Split from Team Dignitas and proved to be strong, if underwhelming, replacement for the outward bound Huni. Gamsu tended to perform well for the team, even though they did slip to a disappointing third place finish and is especially proficient while playing Ekko and other tank top-laners. As one of the two imports allowed for Fnatic, the pressure will be on Gamsu to consolidate his position in the team and push them towards a place at Worlds, and playing in the shadow of Huni could add to this mounting pressure.
Lee ‘Spirit’ Da-yun also joined Fnatic at the beginning of the 2016 Spring Split, but unlike his countryman Gamsu, he arrived from Team WE in China. Spirit took over from fellow South Korean Reignover and proved to be a skilled and aggressive jungler on the likes of Graves and Kindred. Spirit has big shoes to fill as Reignover helped Fnatic to an unbeaten summer last year and many will be judging Spirit on his ability to help do the same.
Fabian ‘Febiven’ Diepstraten has proven to be quite the star for Fnatic since joining the side from H2k-Gaming at the start of last summer, being heralded by many as one of the top mid-laners in Europe. Cementing himself as a firm favorite amongst viewers with strong solo performances Febiven often leads the team to victory and can just as easily play a background role for Rekkles or Spirit should the need arise. While Fnatic looked somewhat depleted in the spring, the return of YellOwStaR should help Febiven rise again to the top of his position.
Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson has been a serious contender for the best marksman in Europe ever since joining Fnatic from the little known Pride FC (later Copenhagen Wolves) in late 2013. The mechanically brilliant Rekkles has gone through a series of supports since his time begun at Fnatic and has enjoyed some success with all of them. His performances have shown how gifted he is and being back in the care of YellOwStaR this summer will surely boost the marksman even further towards greatness.
Bora ‘YellOwStaR’ Kim has returned home to Europe and Fnatic after an underwhelming stay at Team Solo Mid. The former captain and leader of the team have proven time and again to be a bulwark (sadly not of the Runic variety) and his ability to bring the best out of Rekkles will surely have fans anticipating a grand return to form for Fnatic.