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Fnatic

Founded: March, 2011

Nationality: Europe

Fnatic

The original holders of the League of Legends World Trophy, Fnatic were the team to beat in LoL’s infancy. However, these days the squad is completely unrecognizable from its original form. With a new roster mixing imported Korean talent with rising EU players and a strong core in support stalwart YellOwStaR, Fnatic is remaking itself. But a 1st place finish in the 2015 EU LCS Spring Playoffs means they keep getting the right results.

Strengths

Highly potent solo laners
Excellent map pressure
Massive top lane champion pool creates flexible team comps

Weaknesses

Over-aggressive style can backfire when playing from behind
Poor objective control
Multilingual roster can result in communication issues

Team History

The Fnatic organization is considered to be one of the heavyweights on the esports scene, winning tournaments in every major competitive game over the last decade. The formation of the 2011 League of Legends team resulted in a Season 1 World Championship title. During the next year though, the team was plagued by inconsistency and metagame shifts that ended with the original lineup breaking apart. Only xPeke and Cyanide remained.

Fast forward one year, Fnatic's resurgence at IPL5 marked the beginning of the team's return to relevance. They entered the LCS with momentum on their side and, despite the departure of their support, nRated. Fnatic was able to maneuver past their opposition and secure Europe's top seed in the Season 3 World Championships. However, their deep postseason run was ended by Royal Club Huang Zu in a 1-3 series.

With their star AD Carry Rekkles (from the IPL5 squad) finally of age to compete in the LCS, Fnatic looked to the 2014 Spring Split to prove themselves once again. After a split riddled with just as many win streaks as loss streaks, Fnatic’s future was called into question for a time. But not to be counted out, Fnatic ended the split with a flourish, earning an invitation to the 2014 All-Star event.

After a mediocre showing at the 2014 All-Star event, Fnatic hit the ground running for the Summer Split. Though far from perfection, the team's performance was admirable, earning them a second place finish and a bye week in the 2014 EU LCS Summer Playoffs and ultimately a spot on the Worlds stage. Since then, they've lost 3 of their core members; can their new roster continue the EU dominance Fnatic has shown for 2 years?