Fnatic

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Fnatic
Fnatic Logo.svg
Location London, United Kingdom
Founded 2004
Sponsors MSI
SteelSeries
Eizo
Divisions Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Dota 2
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
Battlefield
League of Legends
Website fnatic.com

Fnatic (pronounced "fanatic" /fəˈnæt.ɪk/) is a European professional eSports organization, headquartered in London, United Kingdom.[1] Founded July 23, 2004,[2] The team has players from around the world, across a variety of games, such as Counter-Strike, League of Legends and Dota 2.[3] Fnatic has a gaming house in Berlin, Germany for its League of Legends team, which competes in the European League of Legends Championship Series. Fnatic also runs an independent digital agency, Sannpa, for businesses looking to be involved in eSports.

Overview[edit]

The organization was founded on July 23, 2005 by Sam Mathews and Anne Mathews. Fnatic won the eSports Award for Team of The Year in 2006[4] and 2009.[5] After playing several years for Fnatic, Patrik "cArn" Sättermon, a Counter-Strike player, became the Chief Gaming Officer of Fnatic in 2012. Since 2013, Anne Mathews is still the company's CFO while Sam Mathews remains as Board Chairman.

In 2008–09, Fnatic acquired sponsors MSI and SteelSeries, spurring a temporary name change to FnaticMSI.[6] On June 1, 2011, Fnatic partnered with EIZO to launch their gaming monitors into the market.

In January 2012, Fnatic took on RaidCall as a sponsor.[7] With the new title sponsor, Fnatic expanded into Korea and became the first foreign eSports team to acquire a professional gaming house in Seoul, South Korea.[8]

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]

At this current time, Fnatic's Counter-Strike - Global Offensive team roster consists of:

  • Markus "pronax" Wallsten
  • Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer (sometimes nicked "olofm")
  • Robin "flusha" Rönnquist
  • Jesper "JW" Wecksell
  • Freddy "KRiMZ" Johansson

Notable alumni[edit]

Counter-Strike[edit]

Fnatic entered the Counter-Strike competitive scene in 2010. During 2011, Fnatic’s CS team placed top three in many events with their newly acquired Danish AWP player, Michael “Friis” Jørgensen.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14]

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 CS:GO, they quickly became one of the top global teams. In order to complete the roster, Fnatic announced that Xyp9x & JOKERN will join them to compete in Counter Strike: Global Offensive.[15] The team was able to finish in the 3rd/4th position of the EMS Season 1 Finals.[16]

Fnatic also expanded into a new game. In November 2012, Fnatic announced that they picked up a Shootmania: Storm team. Recruiting 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.[17]

Fnatic CS:GO won the Gfinity 2015 Spring 2 CSGO Masters, beating Virtus Pro 3-0.

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.[18] 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.[19] 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.[20]

Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA)[edit]

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.[21] 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.[22]

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.[23]

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.[24]

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

League of Legends[edit]

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.[25] 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.[26] Between June and September 2012, Shuhei, Mellisan, Pheilox, and Lamia left the team and were replaced by sOAZ, and nRated.[27][28][29]

Later Rekkles was recruited, but he did not meet the minimal age requirements for the Season 3 World Championships and was replaced by yellOwStaR.[30] Fnatic later won DreamHack Winter 2012, finishing second at IPL 5 in Las Vegas and IEM Season VII – Global Challenge Cologne [31] 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.[32] 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 one of the best teams from 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 were placed 3rd.[33]

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.[34] They would later attend the Mid Seasonal Invitational, an international competition made for the top teams in each region to attend.[35] They would later go 2-3 in the group stage, and make it to the playoffs portion. Later they would be faced against former world champions SKT Telecom T1, in which they would lose, going 2-3 in a best of five format, being the first non-Korean team to take a top Korean to the fifth game in a best of five series.

Dota 2[edit]

Main article: Fnatic (Dota 2)

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

Other divisions[edit]

In 2008, Fnatic picked up Maximo12, a talented FIFA soccer player who won several titles in 2008 & 2009, such as the WCG Spain Champion in 2008.[36] 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 EVO titles and numerous other events. [37]

Current roster[edit]

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive[edit]

  • Sweden Freddy "Krimz" Johansson
  • Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer
  • Sweden Robin "Flusha" Rönnquist
  • Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell
  • Sweden Markus "pronax" Wallstén

League of Legends[edit]

  • South Korea Top-Laner : Seong "Huni" Hoon Heo
  • South Korea Jungler : Kim "Reignover" Ui-jin
  • Netherlands Mid-Laner : Fabian "Febiven" Diepstraten
  • Sweden AD carry : Martin "Rekkles" Larsson
  • France Support: Bora "YellOwStaR" Kim

Source[38]

Dota 2[edit]

  • Malaysia Mid/Captain/Drafter : Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung
  • Malaysia Carry : Lee "KyXy" Kang Yang
  • Malaysia Offlane : Chong "Ohaiyo" Xin Khoo
  • Malaysia Support : Fadil "Kecik Imba" bin Mohd Raziff
  • Malaysia Hard Support: Siong "JoHhNy" Tait Lee

Source[39]

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