Eclipsing the news of Fnatic's new roster, Fabien "Febiven" Diepstraten has left the organization and joined H2k-Gaming where he will be replacing Yoo "Ryu" Sang-wook as the team's starting mid laner.
The move comes as Fnatic also announced their 10-man roster for 2017, which includes both Rasmus "Caps" Winther and Yasin "Nisqy" Dincer in the Dutch mid laner's place. Febiven is no stranger to H2K having previously played with them in 2014.
It's also worth noting that Febiven will rejoin his Cloud9 Eclipse teammate Andrei "Odoamne" Pascu on H2K as well as Polish jungler Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski. Both players have recently re-signed new deals with H2K for the 2017 season.
The remainder of their roster has yet to be approved by Riot.
Febiven added his own context to the situation, citing a stacked H2K roster and a renewed sense of confidence and drive to succeed after failing to attend Season 6 Worlds among his reasons for joining H2K.
"So first off all its very saddening to me to leave FNC, because they are a really great organisation with wonderful people inside. I felt like I needed to change my environment to evolve as a player and h2k is an org that I already know and like and the roster is pretty stacked. My time in FNC was wonderful and I have only good things to say about those 2 years," he said in a Twtilonger post. "My ultimate goal is to get back to worlds and actually win it which I think is very possible, because I really think personally I can become the best if I work my hardest."
Febiven's previous time at H2K was one of relative success. The team went through Challenger during the Summer of 2014, winning the first qualifying tournament, coming fourth in the second qualifying tournament, and using the combined points to qualify for the 2014 Challenger Series Summer Playoffs; it was here that H2K won the whole tournament and qualified with Febiven for the 2015 EU LCS.
During the 2016 EU LCS Summer Split, Febiven struggled in lane and in providing a threat for his team. He posted the worst Creep Score Difference at 10 minutes (CSD@10) numbers in the EU LCS, was bottom three in Damage per Minute (DPM), and bottoms of the EU LCS in percentage share of his team's damage (%DMG) among mid laners who played more than one game.
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.