Even the most diehard Fnatic fan would admit that their season has been far from a enjoyable experience up to now. Currently 4-3 in the standings and already losing touch with first place in their group, FNC’s next few fixtures could represent the last chance for the European squad to turn their fortunes around.
Fnatic will once again take to the rift for the second half of the split, facing what looks like yet another ultimatum for the team. Martin “Rekkles” Larsson and company know that a continuation of the current script will likely condemn them to end third in Group A. This would ultimately put even more pressure on a side that has already seen heads roll this split, with Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider being confirmed for the Fnatic
Retirement Home Academy squad, and question marks around their head coach Nicholas “NicothePico” Korsgård.
Perhaps a telling sign of the mood within the Fnatic organisation, upon the brand’s social media it is hard to find any positive coverage about the League of Legends squad… except for the teams latest victory over last place team Origen, which isn’t exactly something to be boasting around about.
One figure who has been active on social media is team captain Martin “Rekkles” Larsson, not so much about League of Legends however, mostly just his progress in the gym. Of the limited League of Legends eSports content he has posted, his opinion on the team’s promotion of Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen to the jungle role and the teams reoccurring issues are perhaps most enlightening:
Q: How do you feel about Fnatic's roster change?
— Martin Larsson (@RekklesLoL) March 1, 2017
“He didn’t fit well with Caps, he didn’t fit well with our bot lane and didn’t actually fit well with sOAZ either, so there was nothing to build on, we wanted to have this synergy to begin with.
“I don’t think Broxah necessarily brings anything different than Amazing, if anything he actually talks a lot less and maybe plays a bit better but I don’t really think there is too much difference in it, honestly.
“It’s just much more about him fitting in better with the lanes in general and the fact we have that synergy.”
Martin “Rekkles” Larsson
Fnatic will be relying on the team’s new-found synergy to improve their results and turn their season around, but with Rekkles admitting that Broxah isn’t much of a radical change, it’s perhaps unreasonable to expect a remarkable turn around in performances.
Now at the mid way point through the Spring Split, Fnatic have already exhausted nearly every possible roster swap to revamp their play. The team’s starting line-up is now set in stone and need to start demonstrating the synergy that was expected from their “all-European” side at the beginning of the year; Fnatic fans may not be as tolerant of a consecutive year of underachievement.
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