Fnatic is one of the oldest esports organizations in Europe. Founded in 2004, it currently fields competitive teams in League of Legends (LoL), Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), Dota 2, Vainglory, Paladins, Rocket League, FIFA, and Heroes of the Storm.
Fnatic in League of Legends
Fnatic have been a part of the League of Legends scene since season 1. Back then, they’d participated in countless tournaments, consistently securing high-place finishes against the strongest lineups in the world. In their home region, Fnatic made a name for themselves as one of the best teams in Europe.
Once the EU LCS came around, Fnatic continued their reign in the new format. They dominated the competition, winning five out of ten trophies and becoming the most accomplished European team to date. And even though their legacy was recently challenged by G2 Esports, there was only one split when Fnatic didn’t place in the top-4.
When it comes to roster management, Fnatic stick with their legacy players through thick and thin. However, they don’t hesitate to make changes in other positions, and many new faces have joined the organization since its inception. Fnatic’s current roster is sOAZ in the top lane, Broxah in the jungle, Caps in the mid lane, Rekkles in the AD carry role, and Hylissang in the support position.
Fnatic’s playstyle has evolved over time. Their most recent approach was all about splitpushing and teamfighting. They use their solo laners as lightning rods to absorb pressure while their superstar AD carry takes over the bot lane and—eventually—the game. And while this playstyle can work wonders, top-tier teams have learned to exploit it. The became glaringly obvious in 2017, and you can expect Fnatic to come up with new strategies for the upcoming EU LCS season.
Fnatic International Results
As one of the best teams in Europe, Fnatic have taken part in many international events. In fact, their victory at the Riot Season 1 Championship makes them the only Western team to ever win a World Championship. Unfortunately, this achievement is diminished by the low level of competition at that tournament.
Still, Fnatic have taken part in five out of seven World Championships. Their 2017 Worlds run will go down in history for them making an unprecedented comeback from a 0-3 deficit in the group stage and qualifying for the Semifinals.
Fnatic are also notable for their 2015 Mid-Season Invitational showing where they challenged the Korean powerhouse SKT T1 in a close Semifinals series. In the early days of League of Legends, Fnatic have attended countless IEM and Dreamhack events.
Fnatic In Dota 2
Fnatic began its ventures into the world of Dota 2 in 2012. Back then, the team was based in Europe and was comprised of super-star players who had moved to Dota 2 from Heroes of Newerth. The team were off to a rocky start, only winning their first Minor, the DotaCinema Rosh Pit months after their formation. However, by late 2012 – early 2013, the team had picked up the pace and began seeing some great results across the board in almost every tournament they entered. They took part in The International 2013 and came 7th/8th place after only performing decently in the months leading up to the event. This European roster continued playing in Majors, Minors, Qualifiers and Premier tournaments, although their performance was seemingly inconsistent, winning events such as the MLG T.K.O Europe but placing 13th/14th at The International 2014.
Their defeat at The International 2014 hit the team hard, who had thus far never made any roster changes. In late 2014, the players began moving to other teams and by December, their last player had swapped to another team, leaving Fnatic Dota 2 roster completely empty. It wasn’t until June of 2015 that Fnatic would once again compete in Dota, this time playing from Southeast Asia. Fnatic had picked up what was formerly known as Team Malaysia, consisting of big names such as Mushi, Ohaiyo and kYxY.
The team had not been playing under Fnatic for long before they entered The International 2015, and they placed 13th/16th at the event. The team went through several roster changes during 2015 and 2016, although they managed to do well in Premier tournaments such as The Shanghai Major and The Manila Major, where both times they placed 5th/6th and even came in 4th place at The International 2016.
Further roster changes were made in 2017 and the team struggled to get great results throughout the year, coming 17th/18th place at The International 2017 and 7th/7th at ESL One Hamburg. In late 2017, The team once again went through a significant roster change, this time picking up big name players such as the Swedish player ‘pieliedie’, Philipine ‘Abed’ as well as the Canadian player ‘EternaLEnVy’. Since forming, the team has placed 7th/8th at the DreamLeague Season 8, 2nd at the Dota Summit 8 Major and came 1st place in two SEA qualifiers. In early 2018, the team also picked up super-star offlane player and The International 2015 winner ‘UNiVeRsE’. The current roster seems to be doing well, although they are very new and have not played in many significant tournaments yet.
Fnatic Dota 2 Roster
The current Fnatic Dota 2 lineup is as follows:
- Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao
- Abed ‘Abed’ Yusop
- Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE’ Arora
- Djardel ‘DJ’ Mampusti
- Johan ‘pieliedie’ Åström
Their Coach is Adam ‘Adam’ Erwann Shah bin Akhtar Hussein, and they currently have Swedish player Steve ‘Xcalibur’ Ye.
Fnatic Dota 2 International Results
The Fnatic Dota 2 team has a total lifetime winnings of roughly $2.600.000. The team has achievements such as 3rd place in the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2, 4th place at The International 2016 and 2nd in the Dota Summit 8 Major.