Fnatic’s decision to cut Yeong-Jin “Gamsu” Noh from their starting roster has certainly raised a few eyebrows amongst their fans and the wider League of Legend community. The announcement that the World Championship semi-finalists were set to replace the Korean with Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek made the move even more curious and Fnatic’s official statement hardly helped matters.
The former G2 man’s departure from the EU LCS spring split champions was nothing shy of histrionic, refusing to compete for his position against Korean import, Ki “Expect” Dae-han, yet somehow Kikis now finds himself on the roster of one of eSport’s most loved teams. Kikis is fast becoming one of those hateful characters who continuously lands on his feet.
Fnatic’s press release was typically fluffy, a classic example of a team not wanting to release details on what happened, but feeling like they need to say something.
Fortunately, we’re well versed in cutting the chaff away from PR statements. Here’s what Fnatic were really trying to say:
“Today we are sad to announce the departure of top-laner Yeong-Jin “Gamsu” Noh from our League of Legends roster.”
“We’ve finally found a replacement for the weak link in our team – it’s not a real talent like Night, Alphari or Hans but I guess it’ll do.”
“Gamsu has been with the team for 7 months, joining alongside his Korean counterpart and friend, Dayun “Spirit” Lee, at the start of the 2016 season. Together, the team battled against the odds to reach the Grand Final of IEM Katowice as well as clinching 3rd place in the LCS Spring Split.”
“It’s been 7 months and we just can’t tolerate the mediocrity any longer. If we had the choice we would’ve dug out the receipt and returned him long ago, but being the typical corporate sleaze bags they are, Samsung won’t accept returns on package deals. Koreans are supposed to guarantee success from our experience, yet we only managed to secure third place last split, so there may yet be a case for returning a faulty product.”
“It comes with a heavy heart that we must part ways with Gamsu. However, it has become clear to us that our organisational goals and ideals are not aligned. At Fnatic, our priority is performing at the highest level whilst simultaneously securing the best possible future for our organisation.
“Following an evaluation with the whole team, Fnatic and Gamsu have mutually decided to part ways. Our management team will work hard to support Gamsu, making sure he can continue his career as a professional gamer, wherever he decides to go.”
“We want to win the EU LCS and challenge for the World Championship. Gamsu is more interested in holding down the PokemonGo gym that’s popped up next door. We’re a business, it’s brand damaging to have a top laner who actively selected to represent Team Valor.
“While he was out clocking up the miles to make his latest egg hatch, we had a chat behind his back – Spirit was crying his eyes out, but he’ll get over it.”
“Thank you Gamsu for everything you have done for the team! We wish you the best of luck in the future.”
“We wish Gamsu all the best in his career as a gym leader.”