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Fnatic
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Team Information
Location: Europe Europe
Coaches: Alvar "Araneae" Martin Aleñar
Managers: Sami "Rico" Harbi
Team Captain: Lauri "Cyanide" Happonen
Website: http://fnatic.com/
Sponsor: MSI
SteelSeries
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Youtube: Fnatic
Facebook: Fnatic
Twitter: fnatic
Number of Players: 7
History
Created: March 14, 2011(2011-03-14)
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Fnatic is a professional eSports organization consisting of players from around the world across a variety of games. On March 14th, 2011, Fnatic entered the League of Legends scene with the acquisition of myRevenge. Fnatic is one of the strongest European teams since the early days of competitive League of Legends, having been the champion of the Riot Season 1 Championship. To this day, they have placed first in three of the four EU LCS Playoffs. In addition to this, four of the ten players who participated in the Riot Season 1 Championship are currently starters for Fnatic. These players are xPeke and Cyanide from Fnatic, and YellOwStaR and sOAZ from against All authority.

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History

Acquisition of myRevenge

Fnatic’s first venture into the League of Legends scene began on March 14th, 2011, when they acquired the roster from myRevenge consisting of WetDreaM, xPeke, LaMiaZeaLoT, Shushei, CyanideFI, Mellisan, and MagicFingers.

In May of 2011, WetDreaM left Fnatic to form AbsoluteLegends.

Season 1

Fnatic were one of the eight teams to qualify for the Riot Season 1 Championship, which was held from June 18th to June 20th of 2011. Fnatic placed third in the Group Stage by going 1-2, narrowly escaping elimination by defeating Team Pacific. Their losses came from against All authority and Epik Gamer. Fnatic would see more success in the playoffs largely due to xPeke, who had finally arrived after missing the first day due to a delayed flight. They would power through and defeat Counter Logic Gaming 2-0 in the relegation round, Epik Gamer 2-0 in the semi-finals, and won versus against All authority in the finals of the winner’s bracket, propelling Fnatic to the grand finals. Fnatic faced against All authority again, pulling out a 2-1 victory to be crowned the League of Legends Season 1 champions.

Pre-Season 2

Two months later, Fnatic would place third at the IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Cologne. Seeded into Group B, Fnatic would place second with a 2-1 record, defeating SK Gaming and Frag Executors, while falling to Counter Logic Gaming. However, Fnatic would fall to Team Solomid 2-1 in the semifinals, relegating Fnatic to play against Millenium for third place, where Fnatic was able to come out on top with a 2-1 victory.

The next event that Fnatic would participate in would be the IEM Season VI - Global Challenge New York. Here, Fnatic would show a dominant performance, going 3-0 and taking first in the group stage by defeating Counter Logic Gaming, Dignitas, and Team Solomid. In the playoffs, Fnatic would sweep team Sypher 2-0 in the semi finals and SK Gaming 2-0 in the grand finals, taking home first from the event.

Season 2

Leaguepedia's "Legacy" History Infographic of Fnatic

On January 19th, 2012, MagicFinger left Fnatic due to the dissatisfaction with only being a substitute player.[1]

The next major event Fnatic competed in would be the IEM Season VI - World Championship in March. Unfortunately, Fnatic couldn't emulate their success at previous IEM events, and placed fifth and be eliminated in the group stage. Fnatic took wins against Millenium and Dignitas, while falling to Team ALTERNATE, against All authority, and Counter Logic Gaming Prime.

Two weeks later, Fnatic placed second at the SK Trophy March. Fnatic started strong by defeating LowLandLions 1-0 in the round of 16, TCM Gaming 2-0 in the quarterfinals, and Millenium 2-0, advancing them to the finals. Fnatic lost to Natus Vincere 2-0 in the grand finals, taking second place.

From March 21st to May 19th, Fnatic was invited to compete in Korea at Azubu The Champions Spring 2012. They were placed in the so-called "Group of Death," Group D. Fnatic's first game was against StarTale where the Korean playstyle caught Fnatic completely off-guard. They were dominated after a relatively calm first 25 minutes of the game. Two days later, Fnatic saw themselves competing to stay in the tournament. Fnatic took a match and lost a match to make it 1-1, and they needed a win to advance. StarTale would be in their way, who had lost to MiG Blaze. Lauri "Cyanide" Happonen secured Fnatic an early game advantage, helping them and prevail over the Korean powerhouse. This earned them a spot in the quarter finals, where they played against Team OP. Despite their motivation, Fnatic was not able to win a single game from them and got knocked out of the tournament after losing 0 - 2.

Fnatic then participated in the RaidCall PLAY Cup 1 on April 3rd, 2012. Fnatic took second at the event, falling to Counter Logic Gaming EU in the grand finals. Fnatic most notably defeated SK Gaming and Absolute Legends in the tournament.

On May 23rd, 2012, Pheilox joined Fnatic as their sixth player, replacing Mellisan at offline and online events while Mellisan finish his studies.[2]

With Pheilox, Fnatic placed second at the RaidCall PLAY Cup 2. Fnatic defeated TCM Gaming in the semifinals to advance to the finals, where they fell to Team Acer.PL.

On June 4th and 5th Fnatic's roster would undergo some notable changes, with long time top laner Shushei being evicted from the team due to his inability to perform up to standards.[3] A day after the announcement of Shushei's departure, Fnatic announced Shushei's replacement, former aAa top laner sOAZ.[4] A month after the the roster change, long time support player Mellisan departed Fnatic due to his educational commitments.[5]

Having Pheilox and sOAZ as their new support and top laner, Fnatic would head to 2012 MLG Pro Circuit/Spring from June 8th to the 10th. Fnatic advanced to Round 2 after a BYE in the first round, where they easily stomped 4Not 2-0. In the next round they faced Epik Gamer (known at the time as TSM EVO) and won 2-1. Fnatic then squared off against Team SoloMid. They could not withstand TSM's aggressive playstyle, dropping 0-2 and falling to the loser's bracket. They then played against Team Dynamic (now Good Game University). Despite taking game 1 very easily, Fnatic dropped the next 2 games, losing 1 - 2 and getting knocked out of the tournament. Fnatic placed 5th - 6th.

With MLG Spring over, Fnatic turned their focus to DreamHack Summer 2012, which took place between June 16th and the 19th. Assigned to Group A, Fnatic defeated PAH and Millenium while losing to Curse Gaming EU, achieving the second spot of the group with a 2-1 overall score. Moving to the semi-finals, Fnatic battled against the famous Counter Logic Gaming EU. They were forced to settle for a 3rd place match after falling 0-2. Fnatic once again played against Curse Gaming EU, but ended up taking 4th place after going 1-2.

Fnatic's next big event was the Season Two European Regional Finals, the goal being to get a spot in the top 3 to qualify for the Season 2 World Championship. The top 8 teams of Europe in the competition, Fnatic would first go against Curse Gaming EU in the quarter finals. Though recent events predicted a win for Curse Gaming EU, Fnatic proved to be a strong team by winning the match 2-0. They faced Moscow 5 in the semi-finals for the first time in an offline event. Moscow 5 won game 1 after some intense play. Fnatic battled back and won game 2 very convincingly to become one of the few teams to take a game from Moscow 5 in the tournament. Unfortunately, Fnatic couldn't replicate their game 2 success and were sent to the 3rd place match. With their trip to the World Championship at stake, Fnatic gave it their all against Counter Logic Gaming EU. The team commanded by Henrik "Froggen" Hansen would prove to be too much. With their AD Carry Peter "Yellowpete" Wüppen carrying them, Fnatic was defeated 0-2 and failed to qualify for the Season 2 World Championship.

Fnatic would continue to train and attend events. Campus Gaming Party: Berlin would be their next stop, spanning August 21st through 25th. With no big teams on the tournament, Fnatic went 3-0 (6-0 overall) in their group by defeating Eclypsia.Luna, SK Gaming (who were attending with some subs), and Tt Dragons, taking all matches with 2-0 scores. In the semi-finals, they played against mousesports, winning 2 - 0. Meet Your Makers was no match for Fnatic in the finals, as they took the BO5 with a 3-0 score and achieved 1st place.

It was after this that AD Carry Manuel "LaMiaZeaLoT" Mildenberger would announce his retirement from eSports to pursue his studies and life in Taiwan. [6]

Pre-Season 3

From November 1st until the 4th, Fnatic attended ASUS Republic of Gamers - Paris Games Week 2012. One of the requirements to participate was to have 3 French players. Fnatic sent a team consisting of sOAZ, hyrqBot, xPeke, YellOwStaR and nRated after LaMiaZeaLoT retired and CyanideFI left to deal with his highschool studies. Fnatic went go 2-1 in the group stages, losing to Eclypsia by forfeit for arriving late. However, they went undefeated by beating GSU Gaming 2-0 in the winner's bracket semi-final, 2-0 against Eclypsia in the winner bracket's final, and 2-0 against GSU Gaming in the tournament's grand final.

On November 22nd, Fnatic participated in DreamHack Winter 2012. They progressed quickly through the group stage, going 3-0 over Copenhagen Wolves, Curse Gaming EU, and The Mighty Midgets. After taking a decisive 2-0 against Sju Sjösjuka Sjömän in the semifinals, Fnatic advanced to face CLG EU in the finals. Despite dropping the first game, the team was able to pull out the match two games to one and take home first place.

On November 25th, Fnatic announced that they would be participating IGN ProLeague Season 5 because Team Alternate and Eclypsia would be unable to attend the event.

On November 30th to December 2nd, Fnatic participated in IGN ProLeague Season 5. They placed second in their group, defeating Team Dynamic and Azubu Blaze, dropping a game only to Team WE. This would ensure that they advanced to the winners bracket, where they would face Season 2 World Champions Taipei Assassins and emerge victorious with a 2-0 victory. Fnatic went on to face CLG Prime in the winner bracket semifinals in a 2-1 comeback series. They then lost 1-2 to Team WE, dropping them into the loser bracket finals against their previous opponents, the Taipei Assassins. History would repeat itself as Fnatic beat the Taipei Assassins 2-0 to advance to the Grand Finals one game down, coming from the losers bracket. They lost the best of five series 1-3 to Team WE, taking home second place.

Starting December 8th and ending the next day, Fnatic participated in THOR Open 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden. A single group with 5 teams was formed (given that 3 teams cancelled their participation) and Fnatic would sweep the groupstage 4 - 0. Going to the semi-finals, they would prevail over mousesports 2 - 0. Moving on to the final, they would also 2 - 0 Copenhagen Wolves and take 1st place while going undefeated.

From December 14th to December 16th, Fnatic took a shot at qualifying for IEM World Championship during IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Cologne. Facing the newly formed Korean team SK Telecom T1, Millenium and mousesports in Group A, Fnatic went 3-0 in group stage. They faced CJ Entus in the semi-finals, losing the first game but winning the next two to move on. In the finals, Fnatic once again faced SK Telecom T1 in a group stage rematch. Their series would be decided by a third match after both teams took a win. In the end, SK Telecom T1 won the third game, with Fnatic placing second overall.

Throughout late 2012, the Swedish player Martin "Rekkles" Larsson played for Fnatic as their AD Carry. However, on December 24th it was announced that he would not be able to play with Fnatic during Riot's Season 3 Qualifiers and Championship Series due to being underage. Fnatic stated that he would start a second Fnatic team, Fnatic Academy.[7]

On January 14th, Fnatic announced that their AD Carry would now be ex-SK Gaming Yellowstar. This would also be a reunion for sOAZ and nRated with their former Against All Authority teammate.

On January 18th, IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Katowice kicked off where Fnatic was placed in group B along with Azubu Frost, SK Gaming and Absolute Legends. Fnatic advanced through the group with second, going 2-1 with victories over both SK Gaming and Absolute Legends, but losing their match against Azubu Frost. In the semifinals Fnatic took on the other Korean team in attendance, Azubu Blaze. Although Blaze won the first game, Fnatic was able to take the best of three series to a third game with a win in game two. Despite their best effort, Fnatic was unable to win the third game and finished in a shared 3rd-4th place for the event.

Season 3

On January 25th, Fnatic played in the Season 3 Offline Qualifiers. In Group A, they would have to face off against Anexis eSports, GIANTS! Gaming, and Team ALTERNATE. After winning their first match against Anexis, Fnatic advanced to the group's Winners Match where they would lose against GIANTS! Gaming. With a 1-1 score, Fnatic faced elimination and would play in the final game of the group against Team ALTERNATE. After a victory over ALTERNATE, Fnatic advanced to the bracket stage of the offline qualifiers where they played against Meet Your Makers. Fnatic took a 2-0 victory over the Polish team and qualified for the Season 3 Championship Series.

Spring EU LCS

On February 9th, the Championship Series kicked off with Fnatic playing matches against both SK Gaming and GIANTS! Gaming. Fnatic won both of their day one matches, putting them in first place with a 2-0 record. Fnatic would be a dominant league throughout the rest of the season, eventually taking first place in the Spring Split of the European LCS, with a record of 22-6. They would then take first place in the Season 3 EU LCS Spring Playoffs, going 3-2 against Gambit Gaming. The team would automatically regain their LCS spot to play in the summer split of the season.

The team qualified to play in the IEM Season VII - World Championship, however did not make it past the group stage, winning only one game going 1-4 and placing 9th in the tournament.

In April, Fnatic top laner Paul "sOAZ" Boyer was publicly voted onto the Europe LCS All Star team to compete at All-Star Shanghai 2013 to play against the world's best All Star teams chosen in the same fashion. The EU LCS first faced off against heavy favorites Korean OGN Champions, and although good early gameplay from Europe, the Korean team overtook them in a 2-0 set. Their next opponent was their sibling league, the North America LCS. Both teams played an explosive two games of up and down fighting however, NA LCS ended up being the victor, knocking the EU LCS out of the tournament. sOAZ was able to win the individual skill exhibition for the tournament as well.

Summer EU LCS

On August 17th, Fnatic managed to take the 2nd place on the Summer Split after winning the tie breaker against Evil Geniuses, Gambit Gaming and Ninjas in Pyjamas, granting Fnatic a place in the Semifinals on the Summer Playoffs.

On August 24th, Fnatic secured a spot at the Season 3 World Championship after beating Evil Geniuses 2-0 in the Season 3 Summer Playoffs. On the following day Fnatic would beat Lemondogs 3-1 and finish first at the LCS Europe Season 3 Summer Playoffs.

Season 3 World Championship

The Fnatic team would be placed into Group B at the Championships in Los Angeles, and play against European rivals Gambit Gaming, Korean OGN intimidating team Samsung Galaxy Ozone, NA 3rd place seed Team Vulcun and Filipino champions Mineski. They would lose their first game of groups against Vulcun but would bounce back in a strong way, with that being the only game they lose, coming out top on their group with a record of 7-1 and advancing to the quarterfinals.

In quarters, they would face hyped top NA team Cloud 9 and despite some back and forth games, Fnatic would eliminate the last NA team in a 2-1 set to reach the semifinals. They next went up against the top Chinese seed, Royal Club Huang Zu who eliminated their strong Chinese counterpart who swept their groups, OMG. The match proved to be exciting best of 5 of intense team fighting however in the end Fnatic would be the last European team eliminated from the tournament, losing 3-1 and taking home a respectable 3rd place.

Season 4

Fnatic competed in the EU LCS spring split finishing second during the round-robin phase and taking 1st place in the playoffs, making them the team with the most LCS titles in both Europe and North America.

All-Stars, Paris

As the winners of the EU LCS, Fnatic were chosen to compete in the All-Star event. After barely managing to qualify from the round robin phase with a score of 1-3, beating only Taipei Assassins, the team was elliminated in the semi-finals losing to SK Telecom T1 K in a best of 3 series 0-2.

Timeline

2011

2012

2013

2014


Player Roster

Fnatic 2014 Season LCS Spring Roster
Left to Right: sOAZ, Cyanide, xPeke, Rekkles, YellOwStaR

Active

ID Name Role
France sOAZ Paul Boyer Top
Finland Cyanide Lauri Happonen Jungle
Spain xPeke Enrique Cedeño Mid
Sweden Rekkles Martin Larsson AD
France YellOwStaR Bora Kim Support
Germany LaMiaZeaLoT Manuel Mildenberger Sub
Estonia puszu Johannes Uibos Sub

Former

ID Name Role Next Team
Germany nRated Christoph Seitz Support
Evil Geniuses
Germany Pheilox Patrick Walpuski Support
mousesports
Germany Mellisan Peter Meisrimel Support Retired.png Retired
Poland Shushei Maciej Ratuszniak Top
EloHell
Germany MagicFingers Max Drysse Sub
COREPLAY
Belgium WetDreaM Tim Buysse Jungle
SK Gaming

Temporary Subs

ID Name Role Replacing Tournament
France hyrqBot John Velly Jungle Finland Cyanide Paris Games Week 2012
France YellOwStaR Bora Kim AD
None
Belgium wewillfailer Bram de Winter Top Spain xPeke Season 1 World Championship

Organization

Active

ID Name Position
Spain Araneae Alvar Martin Aleñar Coach

Former

ID Name Position Next Team
France Rico Sami Harbi Team Manager
None
United Kingdom hxd Harry Wiggett Team Manager
None

Team Achievements

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-08-17 LCSlogo small.png A22nd 2014 EU LCS Summer Playoffs 1 : 3
Alliance
$ 25,000
2014-07-31 LCSlogo small.png A22nd 2014 EU LCS Summer Round Robin 19 : 9 Group Stage (W/L)
2014-05-10 RpPoints.png A33 - 4th All-Star 2014 0 : 2
SK Telecom T1 K
2014-04-17 LCSlogo small.png A11st 2014 EU LCS Spring Playoffs 3 : 1
SK Gaming
$ 50,000
2014-04-03 LCSlogo small.png A22nd 2014 EU LCS Spring Round Robin 17 : 11 Group Stage (W/L)
2014-03-16 Esltumbnail.png A22nd IEM Season VIII - World Championship 0 : 3
KT Rolster Bullets
$ 30,000
2013-11-24 Esltumbnail.png A22nd IEM Season VIII - Cologne 0 : 2
Gambit Gaming
$ 7,500
2013-09-28 RpPoints.png A33 - 4th Season 3 World Championship 1 : 3
Royal Club
$ 150,000
2013-08-28 LCSlogo small.png A11st Season 3 EU LCS Summer Playoffs 3 : 1
Lemondogs
$ 50,000
2013-08-17 LCSlogo small.png A22nd LCS Europe Season 3 Summer Regular Season 15 : 13 Group Stage (W/L)
2013-04-28 LCSlogo small.png A11st Season 3 EU LCS Spring Playoffs 3 : 2
Gambit Gaming
$ 50,000
2013-04-21 LCSlogo small.png A11st LCS Europe Season 3 Spring Regular Season 22 : 6 Group Stage (W/L)
2013-03-06 Esltumbnail.png A99 - 10th IEM Season VII - World Championship 1 : 4 Group Stage (W/L) $ 5,700
2013-01-27 RpPoints.png I1Q Season 3 EU LCS Spring Qualifiers 2 : 0
MeetYourMakers
2013-01-20 Esltumbnail.png A33 - 4th IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Katowice 1 : 2
Azubu Blaze
$ 4,500
2012-12-16 Esltumbnail.png A22nd IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Cologne 1 : 2
SK Telecom T1
$ 8,500
2012-12-02 Ipllogo small.png A22nd IPL 5 1 : 3
Team WE
$ 20,000
2012-11-23 DH-star.png A11st DreamHack Winter 2012 2 : 1
CLG Europe
$ 18,500
2012-08-19 Esltumbnail.png A44th Season 2 Regional Finals 0 : 2
CLG Europe
$ 15,000
2012-06-18 DH-star.png A44th DreamHack Summer 2012 1 : 2
Team Curse Europe
$ 7,500
2012-06-10 MLG-Logo-Small.png A55 - 6th MLG 2012 - Spring Championship 1 : 2
Team Dynamic
2012-04-27 Ogn logo.png A55 - 8th Azubu The Champions Spring 2012 0 : 2
Team OP
₩ 4,500,000
2012-03-10 Esltumbnail.png A99 - 10th IEM Season VI - World Championship 2 : 3 Group Stage (W/L) $ 2,100
2011-10-16 Esltumbnail.png A11st IEM Season VI - Global Challenge New York 2 : 0
SK Gaming
$ 12,000
2011-08-21 Esltumbnail.png A33rd IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Cologne 2 : 1
Millenium
$ 3,400
2011-06-20 RpPoints.png A11st Riot Season 1 Championship 2 : 1
against All authority
$ 50,000
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2012-12-09 A11st THOR Open 2012 2 : 0
Copenhagen Wolves
$ 10,500
2012-11-04 A11st Paris Games Week 2012 2 : 0
GSU Gaming
$ 6,000
2012-10-26 A77 - 8th Tales of the Lane 2 : 2 Group Stage (W/L)
2012-10-02 A11st ESL Major Series Season X 2 : 0
Team Eloblade
€ 2,500
2012-08-25 A11st Campus Gaming Party: Berlin 3 : 0
MeetYourMakers
$ 10,000

Highlight Videos

Interviews

2011

2012

2013

See Also

External Links

References

  1. MagicFingers departs from FnaticRaidCall.LoL fnatic.com
  2. FnaticRC.LoL announce sixth playe fnatic.com
  3. Fnatic releases Shushei fnatic.com
  4. Fnatic welcomes sOAZ fnatic.com
  5. Mellisan departs Fnatic fnatic.com
  6. LaMia retires from gaming fnatic.com
  7. Rekkles joins Fnatic Academy fnatic.com
  8. FnaticMSI enters League of Legends fnatic.com
  9. Fnatic former captain speaks about why he left sk-gaming.com
  10. MagicFingers departs from FnaticRaidCall.LoL fnatic.com
  11. FnaticRC LoL Announce Sixth Player fnatic.com
  12. Fnatic Releases Shushei fnatic.com
  13. Fnatic Welcomes sOAZ fnatic.com
  14. Mellisan departs Fnatic fnatic.com
  15. Pheilox out of FnaticRC League of Legends fnatic.com
  16. Fnatic welcome nRated fnatic.com
  17. LaMia retires from gaming fnatic.com
  18. Rekkles joins Fnatic Academy fnatic.com
  19. FnaticRC LoL welcome YellOwStaR fnatic.com
  20. Changes in the Fnatic LoL Team fnatic.com
  21. Brace yourself, Rekkles is coming! fnatic.com