Fnatic is staying put in the race to make come at the top. The organization is halfway there already! Even after a few setbacks, they are still right back on track. Fnatic has ultimately decided to buy out Martin Wunder. However, it does not stop there. Fnatic has also reportedly signed a three-year deal with Razork. The LoL Esports free agency window has been opened for some time, yet LEC is in a spell. However, it seems like the organization is leaving no stone unturned to give its best.
After the offseason of Fnatic, fans were expecting such a blast. Amidst several players leaving Fnatic, this news does come as a relief. However, it is a 13-year-old organization and has a legacy of its own. Thus it is essential not to let it die down. Let us check out some setbacks that Fnatic has recently faced and how it is rebuilding itself.
Fnatic Offer Previously Declined by Cabochard
Earlier, Cabochard, Lucas Simon-Meslet, was offered to play for Ligue Francaise de League of Legends Organization. However, he has discarded the offer and decided to stay with Karmine Corp. The contract between Karmine Corp and Cabochard was to expire on the 16th of November, 2021.
Cabochard has set a good record while playing for Karmone Corp. It was just last summer that he had joined Karmine Corp. Since then, he has cemented his place in the top two of every tournament he participated in. He even earned the first-place in LFL 2021 summer regular season and European Master 2021 summer. He also has added two second places, which includes LFL 2021 finals and LFL 2021 summer playoffs.
Cabochard started playing at a professional level in 2013. However, he still has one of the longest professional careers as an active European plater. With the highest experience differential of 10 minutes (XPD10) of all participants with 250, Cabochard deserves to be a fan favourite.
Hence, it is needless to explain why Fnatic eyed him and how it has been a loss. But it seems like Fnatic has pulled itself up by signing some big guns like Razork.
Razork Signing Three-Year Deal With Fnatic
The young jungler of Misfit Gaming is now on a new venture with orange and black. He has signed a 3-year deal with Fnatic and is a central part of the team. He is here to replace Fnatic member Bwipo, a significant portion of the team, for quite some time.
This 21-year-old joined Misfits Gaming in 2019. He performed well in 2020 LEC Spring and won the 2020 LEC Spring Rookie of the Split award. His performance was tremendously applauded by analysts and fans as well.
2021 was a rigorous year for Fnatic. The team saw changes in its roster. The worst news was Fnatic losing Rekkles to G2 Esports, who is their rivals. This compelled Fnatic to shift Bwipo to the jungle. They even appointed signed Adam, who is a novice top laner. Adam replaced Bwipo’s place.
This roster performed fine during the playoffs and regular season. But they failed to display their true power at the 2021 World Championship. With Bwipo having some issues and AD carry Upset leaving amidst tournament, Fnatic suffered during this Championship.
However, we expect great things from Razork. It seems like he has to put in hard work to push the team to the top. The competition ahead is furious. Moreover, they will have to build a foundation for the rosters for the coming year.
Fnatic Finalized To Buyout Wunder
Here is another delightful news for Fnatic fans. They have agreed on a buyout deal for top Martin Hanse, aka Wunder, a G2 Esports member. Wunder will be replacing Adam Maanane. Adam held the role of top laner for most of 2021 until he signed with Team BDS.
According to Dot Esports, the negotiation went for weeks before Fnatic and G2 agreed to a buyout below 2 million euros. The buyout is 600,000 euros as per sources. G2 esports was looking for a replacement for Wunder from the 11th of October. Wunder is not the only member leaving G2 this year.
Before he joined G2 Esports, Wunder used to play with Splyce for almost three years. Later at the end of 2017, he joined G2 Esports. Remember the lineup that crushed Royal Never Give Up in the League of Legends World Championship quarterfinal 2018? Wunder was a part of it. He was among those who led the team to earn its first World Championship grand final berth in 2019.
Wunder has the record of winning four consecutive domestic titles while his time at G2 Esports. Wunder topped all the top laner in creep score differential at 10 minutes at 3.0. The creep score was 8.4 per minute.
Fnatic is putting in way too much effort to rebuild the team. But the question is will they regain their former glory? We hope they do. Fnatic did not have a smooth year and fans are hoping the team to rise again. The team lost one of its significant players Bwipo to Team Liquid and rookie top laner Adam to Team BDS. Razork and Wunder will hopefully replace them for good.
However, Fnatic is also signing a deal with Humanoid, aka Marek Brazad, as a mid laner. This news came in after Fnatic mid-laner Nisqy says he may not play for Fnatic. It is also unclear whether Upset will play for Fnatic or not. Even though his contract will expire in late 2023, he hasn’t played for Fnatic since the 2021 LEC Summer Playoffs.
The roster’s performance might go into splits, but that did not stop Fnatic from getting excellent results in 2021. They ended up being the fifth in both LEC spring split, and the summer split regular season. As a result, they qualified as the LEC’s second seed before making it to the summer playoff grand finals and qualified for the 2021 LoL World Championship.
Things were right on track for Fnatic before Upset had to head home due to family urgency. Fans must be relieved to see Razork and Wunder in Fnatic.