Fnatic’s EU LCS Spring Split performance did not live up to expectations and the organisation are determined to get back on track in the summer. Ahead of their return to the LCS stage, Fnatic have announced plans to bootcamp in Korea, honing their skills in the most competitive region in the world. It is not uncommon for western squads to head to South Korean shores to train for major tournaments, indeed FNC’s decision to bootcamp ahead of the Summer Split reiterates their competitive intentions ahead of the 2017 World Championship.
After their third place finish in the 2017 EU LCS Spring Split, Fnatic looked like an entirely different entity from the team that had moped from the stage just a few weeks earlier. After watching their record plummet during the middle of the split, Fnatic barely maintained a playoff position with a victory in their final series of the split. But after a 3-0 dismantling of Misfits to claim third place, Fnatic looks to be a legitimate challenger heading into the next split – a bootcamp in Korea should do nothing but boost their chances of success.
The team’s decision to head to the Asian nation was revealed through a series of excited social media posts, given Fnatic’s roster is populated by a number of European rookies, it may be well their first taste of the competitive South Korean eSports culture:
Travelling to Korea on tuesday to bootcamp with the team. Super excited to get going again, time to get ready for a solid summer split!
— Broxah (@BroxahLoL) 7 May 2017
Korea soon ✈️
— Jesse Le (@Jesizlol) 7 May 2017
super excited to go to koreaaa, more infos soon ?
— Paul Boyer (@sOAZIZGOOD) 7 May 2017
During their period in Korea, Fnatic will be exposed to the famously low-ping and heightened standard of Korean solo queue. Over the years, pro players from across the globe have vouched for the benefits of the solo queue practice alone, suggesting that it dramatically improves both in-game mechanics and decision making.
It is unlikely that the Fnatic organisation would jet their players across the globe simply to engage in solo queue, what will truly be of benefit to the players is the opportunity to scrim with foreign opponents.
Whilst it is currently unknown which specific teams Fnatic will engage with as scrim partners, North America’s Team EnVyUs and Echo Fox are understood to currently be bootcamping in Korea themselves. Though they may not be considered ‘top tier’ competition, the opportunity to play against a team from outside of your own region is a rarity.
Fnatic will be hoping that the unique playstyle and picks they unveiled towards the end of the Spring Split will attract scrim invitations from some of the best teams in Korea’s LCK, namely kt Rolster or Samsung GALAXY (SK Telecom T1 will be unavailable due to their Mid-Season Invitational commitments).
It is currently unknown whether team captain Martin “Rekkles” Larsson will join the team in Korea, after it was recently revealed that the Swede had been spending time apart from the rest of the squad. Fnatic will be hoping the bootcamp continues the team’s upward curve after a revival towards the end of the Spring Split.