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Fnatic Logo.svg
Location London, England
Stockholm, Sweden (CS:GO)
Cologne, Germany (LoL)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Dota 2)
Founded July 23, 2004
Sponsors Dafabet
Monster Energy
Divisions Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
League of Legends
Dota 2
Heroes of The Storm
Website fnatic.com

Fnatic (pronounced "Fanatic" /fəˈnæt.ɪk/) (sometimes styled fnatic) is a professional esports organization headquartered in London, United Kingdom.[2] Founded July 23, 2004,[3] The team has players from around the world, across a variety of games, such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends and Dota 2.[4]

Fnatic's League of Legends team won the first ever League of Legends World Championship in 2011, and also holds the record for the most League of Legends Championship Series titles, totalling five. In the Summer Split 2015 they broke the record as the first team to finish a split undefeated.


The organization was founded on 23 July 2004 by Sam Mathews and Anne Mathews.[5] After playing several years for Fnatic, Patrik "cArn" Sättermon, a Counter-Strike player, became the Chief Gaming Officer of Fnatic in 2012. Wouter Sleijffers replaced Anne Mathews as CEO in 2015,[6] whilst Sam Mathews is the Board Chairman.

Between 2008 and 2009, Fnatic was sponsored by MSI and SteelSeries, spurring a temporary name change to FnaticMSI.[7] On 1 June 2011, Fnatic partnered with EIZO to launch their gaming monitors into the market.

In 2006, Fnatic acquired a World of Warcraft team, Fnatic. WoW. Returning to represent Fnatic in the World of Warcraft 3v3 community was players TooGood, Vo0, and Ztrider. The Fnatic. WoW division won top finishes in events including BlizzCon, Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) and Major League Gaming (MLG).

In 2007, Fnatic acquired a DotA team, Fnatic. DotA, represented by Ritter "Ritter" Rusli, Romi "melen" Gunawan, Ariyanto "Lakuci" Sony, Sugiarto "BaHaMuT" Cahyadi, Jeffry "Neo" Lu.[8] They were formerly known as XcN DotA.

In 2008, Fnatic picked up a new DotA team with a roster of Edvin "Kwom" Börjesson, Jonathan "Loda" Berg, Rasmus "Misery-" Berth, Rene "Kebap-" Werner, and Aringazin "Aidar" Aidar.[9]

In 2010 FnaticMSI.HoN was restructured with players like Johan "N0tail" Sundstein, Kalle "Trixi" Saarinen, Henrik "Freshpro" Hansen, Jascha "Nova_" Markuse, and Tal "Fly" Aizik.[10]

In January 2012, Fnatic took on RaidCall as a sponsor.[11] With the new title sponsor, Fnatic expanded into South Korea and became the first non-Korean esports team to acquire a professional gaming house in Seoul.[12]

In 2012, Fnatic picked up the former GamersLeague Dota 2 team in order to compete with other top teams. The team placed fourth in ESWC, but soon after, the team parted ways with Fnatic.[13]

In 2015, Fnatic announced a return to Dota 2, acquiring and sponsoring Team Malaysia.

On October 1, 2015 sports betting website Dafabet became of sponsor of Fnatic.[14]

The company has its headquarters in London, near the Silicon Roundabout at Old Street, with a full-time senior management team including a CEO, CGO, Sales Director, Accounts Director and Head of Creative Services.[citation needed]

Fnatic also runs an independent digital agency, Sannpa, for businesses looking to be involved in eSports.


Fnatic entered the Counter-Strike competitive scene in 2004, when the team was founded by Freek FraK Tammeling. In 2011, Fnatic’s Counter-Strike team placed top three in many events with their newly acquired player, Michael “Friis” Jørgensen.[15]

Patrik “cArn” Sattermon, a well known in-game leader, announced his surprise retirement before the IEM Season VI World Finals, going on to become the first Chief Gaming Officer (CGO) for Fnatic.[16] Xizt took on the role of the in-game leader, replacing cArn with Finn “Karrigan” Andersen, another Danish player. The new team won their first major LAN event at Copenhagen Games 2012. On the same weekend, FnaticRC.aLive won his first ever major tournament at IPL4 Las Vegas.[17]

After Fnatic CS won 2012 DreamHack Summer and the Swedish Championships, Rasmus "Gux" Stahl retired from Counter-Strike, leaving an open spot in Fnatic. On 26 June, Fnatic announced that Martin "trace" Heldt will join the team. In August, Richard "Xizt" Landstorm left the team to play CS:GO for Team NiP; Emil "FYRR73" Karlsson was announced as his replacement.

When Fnatic switched to Counter Strike: Global Offensive, they became one of the top teams in the world. In order to complete the roster, Fnatic announced that Xyp9x & JOKERN will join them to compete in Counter Strike: Global Offensive.[18] The team was able to finish in the 3rd/4th position of the EMS Season 1 Finals.[19]

Fnatic has also expanded into a new game; in November 2012, Fnatic announced that they picked up a ShootMania Storm team. The team recruited Kévin "Strenx" Baéza, a former member of their previous Quake team, as well as two new players, Maikel "LeKaiM" Peeters and Jean Pierre "JiePie" Janssen. The trio won numerous small cups, and the Shootmania Launch Party, where they won $30,000.[20]

In late 2013, Fnatic won their first ever major tournament in Counter Strike: Global Offensive, under the guidance of their new leader, Markus "pronax" Wallsten, taking out the team Ninjas in Pyjamas. In 2014, Fnatic took in 2 ex-LGB players, Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer and Freddy "Krimz" Johansson. They went on to win ESL One Katowice in 2015 after defeating NiP, and on 24 August 2015, Fnatic won ESL One Cologne, after defeating Team EnVyUs.[21]

Current Rosters[edit]

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive[edit]

  • Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell
  • Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist
  • Sweden Dennis "dennis" Edman
  • Sweden Freddy "KRiMZ" Johansson
  • Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer

Dota 2[edit]

  • Malaysia Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung
  • Malaysia Chong Xin "Ohaiyo" Khoo
  • Germany Dominik "Black^" Reitmeier
  • Philippines Djardel "DJ" Mampusti
  • Malaysia Wai Pern "Net" Lim

Heroes of The Storm[edit]

  • Sweden Bruno "mene" Doido
  • Sweden Pontus "Breez" Sjogren

League of Legends[edit]

  • Netherlands Fabian "Febiven" Diepstraten
  • Sweden Martin "Rekkles" Larsson
  • France Bora "YellOwStaR" Kim

Former players[edit]

Real-time strategy[edit]

With DXRacer joining the list of sponsors, Fnatic decided to expand to Korea. On March 19, 2012 they announced that they will open the Fnatic Gaming House in Seoul. They became the first foreign team to establish a permanent training facility for players in Seoul.[25] Fnatic picked up several talented players from the Korean StarCraft II scene. In January, "DeParture" and Warcraft legend "Moon", and "aLive" moved into the gaming house. They are coached by Hwanni, who also joined Fnatic that month. Later, OZ and Luvsic signed a contract with Fnatic. In 2012, Rain announces his retirement and leaves the team. He is followed by Byul, Ares and Moon. Only two players are left in Korea, forcing Fnatic to announce their closure of their gaming house in Seoul and the end of their contracts with aLive and OZ.[26] In the mean time Harstem was promoted from the Academy to the main roster, and the team picks up SaSe, another well known face in the scene.[27]

League of Legends[edit]

Nicknames FNC
Sport League of Legends
Founded 2011
League League of Legends Championship Series Europe
Based in Adlershof, Treptow-Köpenick, Berlin
Arena Am Studio 20A[28]
Colors Yellow and orange
Head coach Luis "Deilor" Sevilla
Manager Oliver Steer
Championships Season 1 World Championship
LCS titles Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2015
Broadcasters Riot Games, Twitch.tv
Website http://fnatic.com/players/LoL/

Fnatic entered the League of Legends scene in March 2011 by acquiring the roster of the eSports team myRevenge. Two months after, WetDreaM left Fnatic just before the Season 1 World Championship.[29]

Despite this, Fnatic performed well during the championship and were crowned the Season 1 champions. After Season 1 however, the team lost many of its players.[30] Between June and September 2012, Shuhei, Mellisan, Pheilox, and Lamia left the team and were replaced by sOAZ, and nRated.[31][32][33]

Later Rekkles was recruited, but he did not meet the minimal age requirements for the Season 3 World Championship and was replaced by YellOwStaR.[34] Fnatic later won DreamHack Winter 2012, finishing second at IPL 5 in Las Vegas and IEM Season VII – Global Challenge Cologne [35] In 2013, Fnatic won the Spring Split of Season 3, but during the Summer Split, the team struggled and decided that a player change was necessary. In July 2013, Fnatic announced changes in their League of Legends roster. nRated, the main support, left the team and YellOwstaR, the former AD carry, switched roles to play support. Puszu joined the team in Cologne in their gaming house to finish Season 3 as Fnatic's AD Carry.[36] Fnatic later won the Season 3 Summer Split and qualified for the World Championship in Los Angeles, California.

During the Group Stage of the Season 3 World finals, Fnatic went into the quarter-finals against Cloud9, considered the best team in North America at the time. After defeating Cloud9 2–1, Fnatic advanced to the semi-finals against Royal Club Huang Zu. They later lost against Royal Club and placed tied for 3rd place.[37]

Fnatic won the 2015 Spring Split, after beating the Unicorns of Love on 19 April 2015 in Madrid, Spain in a best of 5 format for first place. The score of the Grand final was 3-2 in favor of Fnatic.[38] They would later attend the Mid Seasonal Invitational, an international competition made for the top teams in each region to attend.[39] They would later go 2–3 in the group stage, and make it to the playoffs portion. There they were matched against former world champions SKT Telecom T1, to whom they lost 2–3 in a best of five format.

In the 2015 EU LCS Summer Split, Fnatic became the first LCS team to complete a regular split undefeated, finishing with a score of 18 wins and 0 losses.[40] They would go on to win the 2015 EU Summer Split Playoffs, beating Origen 3-2, and qualifying for the 2015 League of Legends World Championships as the #1 seed from Europe.

In the 2015 League of Legends World Championship, Fnatic won Group B in the group state with a 4–2 record. In the playoffs they defeated the Chinese team EDward Gaming, with a score of 3:0 in the quarterfinals.[41]

They ended up losing to the Korean team KOO Tigers with a score of 0–3 in the semifinals.

Dota 2[edit]

Main article: Fnatic (Dota 2)

On March 30, 2012, Fnatic's Heroes of Newerth team, consisting of Johan "N0tail" Sundstein, Jascha "NoVa" Markuse, Tal "Fly" Aizik, and Adrian "Era" Kryeziu officially switched to Dota 2. By early September of the same year, a roster was finalized with the addition of Kai "H4nn1" Hanbückers and Kalle "Trixi" Saarinen, the latter of whom replaced Jascha "NoVa" Markuse.

In 2014, Fnatic parted ways with its Dota 2 squad with each member deciding to leave the organization.

In 2015, Fnatic announced a return to Dota 2, acquiring the roster of Team Malaysia.

Other divisions[edit]

In 2008, Fnatic picked up Maximo12, a FIFA soccer video game player who won several titles in 2008 & 2009, such as the WCG Spain Champion in 2008.[42] In 2012, Perfect Legend joined the Fnatic Team. He is well known as one of the best fighting game players in the world, claiming three Evolution Championship Series (EVO) titles and numerous other events. [43]


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Preceded by
League of Legends World Championship winner
Succeeded by
Taipei Assassins