Fnatic announced their LOL 2017 Roster livestreamed on Twitch from Bunkr. With many of Fnaticś top personalities present, detroitesports got a chance to catch up with them and ask them all important questions about esports and fnatic.
“Esports is often portrayed as this kind of underground thing, it’s not really “cool,” and with Bunkr, we had this opportunity where its like, lets take esports to the coolest street in London, lets show off what its all about, lets bring live streamers in, lets bring our team in, lets actually sell other team’s jerseys – which we do here thanks to ESL. And actually show esports for what it is, which is this cool, underground movement which is actually much bigger than people expect.”
“I don’t think we’re going to be restricted to London as a venue. We can set this up globally, but obviously this is a starting point. Just a stones throw away from our headquarters which is here… We are super excited, obviously new to this concept, but I think we’re doing quite well so far.
Fnatic Head Coach :
“Obviously we’ve been talking a lot about our 10-man roster project, where we wanted to have viable backups for our main squad, in case stuff happens, or if we weren’t happy about the performance or the attitude with any of our main squad. So, what we ended up doing was creating another team actually. And they’re gonna try to qualify for Challenger Series, which we have strong faith that they actually do.”
“We generally felt that this year’s roster didn’t have enough of a balance in terms of leadership, and many times it would fall on me or Fabian and we weren’t quite ready to handle it. So with this new roster we’re looking to balance it out a little bit more and have more leadership roles inside the team, while still having an individual talent that is necessary.”
That led to the revealing of his partner in lane, Jesse “Jesiz” Le.
“I think what I gained from having played AD is especially with ranged supports, you have a big advantage against other support mains that maybe excel at melee supports because when you’re playing AD Carry, you’re always standing at max auto attack range. And whenever I trade with other supports that haven’t played AD Carry, I can really see the difference in trading cause it’s like an AD Carry trading against a support main and you can really tell that they are not used to trading auto attack wise.”
Next up was Fnatic’s new-old top laner Paul “sOAZ” Boyer. tic,
“I saw a lot of faces that I used to see before. Fnatic is more like a family because you see the people who work within Fnatic. For example, when I was in Origin, I would not see many people working there or like faces behind the scenes, but in Fnatic I see pretty much everyone.”
Following that, it was Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider’s turn. He joined sOAZ on the couch and spoke about his goals for the coming season.
“Obviously last year was a disappointment to me because I didn’t envision myself not going to Worlds. Going from second place in Spring Split to going to ninth place and having to play relegations, actually fight Misfits was a huge blow to my ego, you know, it’s just how it is. So this year, I definitely want to make it better and actually allow myself to fulfill my goal that I set myself two years ago when I came back from the NA LCS. Because obviously it was a tough spot for me to be in – for me to say, ‘Okay, I’m not going to play for TSM anymore’ and basically leave an organization that has provided so much support for me. And then join Origin and basically having to prove myself again. At that point, I promised myself I would want to win EU LCS before I ever decide to do anything else, so that’s the goal I have in mind for the next two years… and going to Worlds instead of playing relegations would be nice for a change too.”
Caps was announced as the mid laner for Fnatic and was welcome with a cheer from the spectators. Caps, who is also known as Baby Faker has great potential and will be instrumental in carrying Fnatic to glory.
“When someone does something cool or fancy (in-game), then people will say, ‘Oh, you’re Faker.’ And because of my age, I think people started saying, ‘Oh, Baby Faker.’”
“I see it as more of a joke right now, but in a year’s time, I hope that – I don’t know if I want to compete with Faker, but I at least hope that I can (get to that sort of level).”
The full broadcast can be found here.
Top Lane – Soaz
Jungle – Amazing
Mid Lane – Caps
Support – Jesiz
AD Carry – Rekkles
Source – DetroiteSports