Under heavy criticism for lacklustre performances for over a year now, long gone are the days when Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider could consider himself to be rising European talent, dominating the rift under the banner of Against All Authority or Copenhagen Wolves. After being shunned by his new Fnatic fanbase, Amazing has now been benched for a minimum of two weeks by his team management. The move surely signals the end of the Jungler’s eSports career, rather than a brief period of respite.
The official Fnatic announcement was made via social media, promptly after a disappointing result against EU LCS newcomers, Misfits. The strong performances of Fnatic Challenger’s Jungle prodigy Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen have made it untenable for Amazing to continue his poor run of form in the starting roster, now removed in favour of the impressive Challenger scene player.
Fnatic were hesitant to comment on the underperforming Amazing, theoretically leaving the door open to a potential return.
“At the start of the 2017 season, we mentioned the importance of having a flexible 10-man roster, and the benefits it would be able to bring to both of our lineups throughout the split.
“Having seen excellent displays from Broxah in the Challenger Series, we have made the decision to give him a shot in the LCS team… replacing Amazing who will be taking a two week break from competitive play.”
Fnatic Official Announcement
For many, Fnatic’s 2-0 series defeat at the hands of Misfits was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Working alongside his former Origen teammate Paul “sOAZ” Boyer, Amazing’s move to Fnatic came off the back of a shameful season for the previous World Championship semi-finalist. Amazing has looked out of sorts on the rift for almost a year, arguably ever since Support Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez suddenly departed the OG roster.
The supposed synergy between Amazing and sOAZ is seemingly non-existent, both of whom were put to the sword by former teammate Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage. After repeatedly picking relatively poor champions when power picks were open, building them poorly, constantly getting caught out of position and flashing into engages when the rest of the team was disengaging, it was only a matter of time before the fanbase called time on Amazing’s spell in a Fnatic jersey.
Amazing’s replacement will be none other than the Jungler vying for his permanent position. Broxah has only ever played for Fnatic, and in his first year of competitive League of Legends, the rookie is stirring a storm with his jungling prowess. If Broxah manages to surmount some effective synergy then a role on the starting roster is as good as his.
Given that Fnatic face Vitality, Splyce and Origen in the coming weeks, fortune is in the Danes’ favour. Team captain Martin “Rekkles” Larsson went so far as to openly admit that the Challenger squad were potentially stronger than the starting LCS roster:
Amazing is now in the last chance saloon for eSports professionals. He has a narrow window in which to compose himself and regain the confidence required to play in the EU LCS, else the decision may ultimately be taken out of the veterans hands.
If the performance of Broxah is a significant improvement, Fnatic will need to make arrangements to check Amazing into the LCS retirement home on a permanent basis.