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Announced Friday, Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten has signed for another year with Fnatic. This news comes in light of the departures of Seung-hoon “Huni” Heo and Yeu-jin “Reignover” Kim earlier in the week. Head Coach Deilor and fellow teammate Rekkless are also confirmed to be staying with the organization for the 2016 season.

Signed another year with Fnatic! Looking forward to next season with my teammates. I am sure we will do well! ^_^

Posted by Febiven on Friday, 27 November 2015

 

Fnatic finished the 2015 season with a 3-4th place finish at the World Championship. Febiven put up an impressive 5.3 KDA over the tournament before falling short to the KOO tigers in the Semifinals.

With two of their players headed to North America and Yellowstar still a question mark, Fnatic looks to build another winning lineup for the 2016 season. Centered around their star carries in Febiven and Rekkles and based on the fantastic track record Fnatic has with scouting players and creating strong teams, their newest iteration will almost certainly be a force in the EU LCS.

 

Update: Though not confirmed, It appears that Yellowstar will be staying with the team in 2016.

 

 

image credit: lolesports

 

Roster Swaps Banner

 

The offseason roster dance has already begun in the latest round of changes. With the Summer Split just a few weeks away, teams are looking to do whatever they can to ensure their success in the second half of Season 5.

After leaving the team to join Elements, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson is set to re-join team Fnatic, replacing current Fnatic AD Carry Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi. Steelback will compete with the team at the Mid-Season Invitational, with Rekkles taking over the starting position shortly after in preparation for the Summer Split.



Following his departure from team Roccat last month, Titus “Ducky” Hafner has found a new home in the newest addition to to the EU LCS, Team Origen. Qualifying to the LCS via the Summer Promotion Tournament with only the feedback of analysts, Ducky will assume the Head Coach position under a trial period lasting through the first week of the LCS Summer Split.

Ducky official statement on joining Origen:

Hey!
So today we decided to announce that im currently being tested for the coaching position of Origen!

After I left ROCCAT, I looked for a new team and chose to support Origen for their promotion series against CWA. Everybody agreed afterwards, that we should continue working together.

However, since Coaches are measured by sucess and ROCCAT had a very poor season, it’s understandable, that they want to take their time to test my input and abilities and make sure I’m a good fit for the team. Therefore I will be supporting them until the first week of LCS and the decision if I stay will be made based on the work, that I have done to this point.

Regardless of the past and the upcoming decision, I will remain dedicated to coaching, as it is a field that is very underdeveloped and needs dedicated people to grow.

Wish me good luck.

(Ducky)
LeDuck

Official Announcement



To round things out, Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels, the most recent support player of Elements, has announced that he will be retiring, effective immediately. Citing a lack of enthusiasm and wishing to pursue a career in analysis and casting, Krepo had this to say:

All good things come to an end. Lately I found myself having a little less fun with the game. Looking back i’m having a hard time finding 3 consecutive days where i’ve been truely happy in the last few months. Hell, i’ve been getting salty and even a tad toxic in soloqueue as of late. Most of it stemming from the fact that I care a lot about winning & playing the game correctly, but I think i’ve gone too far in that mindset sometimes. I’ve always said the moment playing this game stops being fun and feels like a grind, i’ll retire. And i think that moment has finally come.

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Elements

 

Following the rumored departure of Rekkles come more potential roster changes for Elements in the off-season.

It has been reported that both Ilyas “Shook” Hartsema and Mike “Wickd” Petersen are exploring other options, dissatisfied with the current state and future of the team.  Sitting just out of relegation, the team is a shadow of it’s former self, having been the number one team in Europe just last split. Since it’s acquisition of former Fnatic AD Carry Rekkles, the team has taken an unexpected dive in the standings, crashing to seventh place in the 2015 Spring Split.

From the article:

Both players, along with Larsson, have grown increasingly disillusioned with the team and don’t feel that the current roster can match their expectations. He added that the team will rebuild around the remaining two players in the organization, Henrik “Froggen” Hansen and Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels.

While not confirmed, if the three players did leave the Elements team, recently acquired substitutes Erik “Tabzz” Van Helvert and Marcel “Dexter” Feldkamp would be the most likely replacements for the starting roster.


Author’s Note: This information has not been officially confirmed, and as such is considered a rumor. We will update this article as more information becomes available.

 

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At the start of the season, a brand change and some early roster swaps left Elements looking poised to take the number one seed in Europe. After a more than rocky season, the team narrowly clinched 7th place in the standings, just avoiding relegation. Changes seemed necessary for the struggling squad, and it seems they have come.

The DailyDot has reported that Rekkles will be leaving Elements due to being unhappy with the team environment. There is no official confirmation from either side, though Elements owner Jacob “Maelk” Toft-Andersen had this to say on the matter:

“I can neither confirm nor deny [the move].” We are currently evaluating our options and making sure not to leave any stone unturned.”

Joining Elements as a sub in March, Tabzz looks to take over the starting AD carry position, reclaiming his spot on the original Alliance roster.


Author’s Note: This information has not been officially confirmed, and as such is considered a rumor. We will update this article as more information becomes available.

 

Left: Cyanide, Right: xPeke

Following Rekkles’ move to Alliance, Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño-Martinez and Lauri “Cyanide” Happonen have officially left Fnatic. Three of Fnatic’s 2014 Roster members have left since the end of the season, leaving only Paul “SoaZ” Boyer and Bora “Yellowstar” Kim at the moment.

 

New Team for xPeke

xPeke intends to create his own team, to start from scratch. He wants to build a team the way he envisions, which he could not do as part of Fnatic. It appears as though his new team will be called Origen, as he recently added a photo to his Facebook page, which happens to be present on Origen.GG as well.

 (Origen logo)

xPeke has been with Fnatic essentially since the beginning of his career, even winning the Season 1 World Championship with them.

Here’s his official statement on leaving the organization:

I have a lot of god things to say about Fnatic, and my teammates. But to not make it too long I’ll say there is only one reason for me to leave fnatic and it is fulfill this dream I have had for a long time now… And I think now its the time to go for it and create my own team.
At some point I said that I was gonna stay in fnatic for the next year and that’s because I thought so that way, but with the events that have happened lately I thought that this was the time to have a change in my life and start this new adventure.

 

Cyanide to Retire

Cyanide on the other hand, has stated he feels burned out of League of Legends. He’s made the decision to retire, but has appeared to not rule out coming back at some point.

Here’s his reasoning for leaving:

Ever since season 3 world championships I didn’t like the game as much. I got totally burned out there and really never regained my thrive to play. Entire season 4 I wasn’t able to play as much and stay focused as I was before just due to simple boredom of the game. I tried my best but overall I feel like my season 4 was disappointing from my part and I didn’t play at the level I used to. I had my moments, but I’m incredibly self critical and put a ton of pressure on myself and I considered retiring already during the season as I was unhappy. I decided to play until the Championships as I thought I’d be able to get my shit together and perform as I did in the past.

However, that was not the case. I always told everyone that the time to retire as a pro is when you lose the passion for the game and that arguably happened to me already a year ago but I wasn’t able to recognize it. I thought I could force myself to practice and keep up focus through sheer power of will but I was wrong. That being said, I still enjoy playing League more casually, just not the insane hours required to be a top competitive player in tournaments. I always played multiplayer games with the goal in my mind to be the very best like noone ever was. I see now that is not possible with League as I am now. I hate the thought of playing a game competitively with the goal of being average which I could easily do but that’s not who I am.