Fnatic has chosen to go with an all-European roster in the EU LCS for the first time in two years, with the announcement of their 2017 lineup via Twitch.
With the departure of Noh "Gamsu" Yeong-jin and Lee "Spirit" Da-yoon and the movement of Mateusz "Kikis" Szkudlarek to the Fnatic challenger squad comes the arrival of former Origen top laner Paul "sOAZ" Boyer and jungler Maurice "Amazing" Stukenschneider, a duo. Prior to their Origen days, sOAZ represented Fnatic for two and a half years, and Amazing has previously been a member of Team SoloMid.
In the other positions, the only remaining member is Martin "Rekkles" Larssen as the starting AD carry. Replacing Fabien "Febiven" Diepstraten is Rasmus "Caps" Winther, previously of EU CS team Nerv and TCL team Dark Passage. Meanwhile, in support, Jesse "Jesiz" Le joins as the team's new replacement for. Jesiz was an assistant coach for Immortals during the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split, and has previously been a part of Team Dignitas in a coaching and substitute capacity, and has played for G2, Team Coast and SK Gaming prior to that.
The challenger squad of Fnatic was also announced, and confirms that the EU Open Qualifier Battlegrounds roster of the Late Game Kings is the Fnatic challenger roster. This roster includes the following:
- Mateusz "Kikis" Szkudlarek,
- Mads "Broxah" Brock-Pedersen
- Yasin "Nisqy" Dincer
- Rasmus "MrRallez" Skinneholm
- Johan "Klaj" Olsson
On the coaching front, Fnatic has supplemented their coaching staff through the addition of Kublai "Kubz" Barlas as the coach of the listed challenger roster.
Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a News Editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.