Welcome Spirit, Gamsu and Noxiak to Fnatic LoL
Posted 2015-12-18 Shouren
The time for speculation is over!
Over the last few months, we’ve been working relentlessly to assemble a team that we feel can both repeat our European successes of last year, and challenge for the highest honour at Worlds once again. We’ve conducted extensive trials and scrims to find players that we feel are not only great individual talents; but also have the potential to push their skills even further, in-game and out. Under the guidance of Deilor, we believe these players have that potential, as well as the hunger to win that every Fnatic possesses.
We’re proud to announce that Lee “Spirit” Dayun, Young Jun “Gamsu” Noh and Lewis “NoXiak” Felix have signed for us, joining Martin “Rekkles” Larsson and Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten who are continuing in their current roles. With the stewardship of our tireless coach Deilor and support of our new analysts when recruited, we're continuing to build an even better infrastructure behind our team for 2016 too.
What’s more, you’ll have the opportunity to cheer on our boys in Black and Orange very soon. Even though they’ll have only been together for a few days, our team is already raring to compete and start building their synergy as a team. As a result, Fnatic League of Legends will be jumping straight into the fray at IEM Cologne in a few days time, which we see very much as an opportunity for our team to gel and gain valuable competitive experience as a new unit. For our fans, we appreciate your patience for being #AlwaysFnatic over the last few weeks, and we’d like you to give a warm welcome and all your support to our new roster as they work together with Deilor to build team cohesion and communication before the LCS kicks off again in 2016.
In our last update, we promised we’d be investing into our League of Legends organisation and infrastructure - this is a part of that promise, but we’re not done yet! Keep an eye out for further announcements in the New Year.
We’re also happy to announce that after the amazing response it's had from both our fans and the League of Legends community, we’ll be making Life of Legends - Season 2 in 2016! Keep an eye on our YouTube and Social media as we take Life of Legends to the next level, and get to know our whole squad even better.
You can get to know a bit more our new players below, along with statements from the new team and Deilor. Our Creative Team has hot-footed over to Berlin to our League of Legends house to catch up with the guys before IEM - meet them all by watching our new video below!
Welcome to Fnatic, gentlemen - #FNCWIN 2016 starts here!
[Contributors - Craig "Shouren" Ting, Boyko "Fitnerdation" Kaloferov, Robert "Inz" Wylie, Kimmy "Little Kimmy" Barré]
[Photo Credit - mnium.org]
Lee “Spirit” Dayun – Jungler
Spirit has spent his career so far in the lineups of top-tier Asian squads, and joins us from China, where he’s been putting in some excellent performances for Team WE. He also brings further World Championship experience to our new roster from his time playing for a world-class Samsung Blue line-up in 2015, where he made countless highlight-reel plays.
Spirit’s playstyle is famed for his “Fight-Fight-Fight!” aggression, with the Korean superstar being a jungler who likes to be actively involved in the game. He won’t be just farming and patiently waiting to become a utility jungler – Spirit’s ambition and orientation is always to be a key part of carrying his team to victory. With a historically gank-centric playstyle which aims to snowball a particular lane or build jungle-carry potential, Spirit brings both tempered aggression and confidence to any side in which he plays.
This year, Spirit’s champion pool primarily focused around Gragas and Jarvan IV, with some excellent individual performances. His most successful champion in 2015 was Nidalee, with a tidy 3.5 KDA and 6 victories under his belt, but he's also well known for some highly skilled Lee Sin jukes too. Spirit’s champion pool promises to be a good match for our playstyle, and the explosive players in Febiven and Rekkles.
In Spirit we’re delighted to have secured a player with great determination, incredible performance and world-class mechanics. Outside of game Lee is patient and understanding, showing a maturity beyond his 19 years, both on a professional and personal level. We’re sure he’ll fit right in to our team and setup in Berlin, and look forward to seeing him in action!
[Photo Credit - Millenium.org]
Noh “Gamsu” YoungJin – Top Laner
Gamsu is a player who can switch between high-risk-high-reward and more calculated playstyles, although historically he’s been inclined to favour more aggressive play-making and trying to exploit risky situations. With a champion pool primarily focused on bruiser/carry-orientated champions such as Jarvan IV, Gnar and Hecarim last season, we’re confident that Gamsu can push his potential, help lead the charge where required and carry top lane with training and good preparation around his opposing laner and game sense.
[Photo Credit - Riot Games]
Lewis “NoXiAK” Felix – Support
NoXiAK is well-known to us already from his Fnatic Academy days, where he’s already had some playtime and experience in working with Rekkles. Since leaving our Academy, he’s shown a great deal of drive, hunger to improve, and ability to adapt. He’s also had some brief European LCS Experience with MYM earlier this year, where his support play was a cornerstone of an upturn in form for the team.
NoXiAK’s challenge will be showing his undoubted potential week in, week out on a larger LCS stage, and we’re looking forward to helping him achieve that. He has an aggressive and confident playstyle, and backs it up with a versatile champion pool. Morgana, Nami and Leona are on his favorite list of champions to pull skill-shot highlight plays with; but watch out for his Janna mechanics, along with some very neat engage/disengage maneuvers. You’ve been warned, LCS….
NoXiAK is eager to prove what he can do with a stable roster in the LCS, and we look forward to him delivering on the potential we’ve seen in the past to make that perseverance and resilience pay off!
Luis "Deilor" Sevilla - Fnatic Head Coach
During this year, Gamsu has showed glimpses of how good he can be. Huni mentioned multiple times that he was a top notch talent, and we believe that there's no better place than Fnatic to develop it. It's also important that he has already experienced Western culture and can communicate in English, this will help Spirit integrate faster.
I'm really excited to have such a talented and experienced player as Spirit in our roster. For a long time he has been considered one of the best junglers in the world, and for sure his experience and knowledge will be key for our team development and success.
Noxiak is a really promising player. Even though he has only played a couple of LCS games, he allready has a great mindset and attitude, wide champion pool, good communication and potential to be a shotcaller. With everything I learnt from Yellowstar and Rekkles' guidance, we'll give him the perfect environment to grow and excel.
I'm sure that we will have a tough start as we build communication and synergy, but we have the talent to be at least as good as Fnatic has always been, if not even better with time. With all the lessons learnt from S5, I'm extremely excited to start working with the new roster and bring joys to our fans again!
Lee “Spirit” Dayun – Jungler, Fnatic
It's my first time playing in an EU league, and I feel very happy that it's with the best team in Europe, Fnatic. I will try my best to become the best player in the world, and the best team in the world with my fellow FNC players. While in the last World Championship EU was not able to take the title of the best league, I will try to make it the best league in the world in this coming World Championship - under the name of FNC, that is!
Young Jun “Gamsu” Noh – Top Lane, Fnatic
I'm excited by this great opportunity for me to join EU powerhouse FNC with Spirit. I'll try my hardest to make the league great in LCS EU, along with my FNC teammates.
Lewis “NoXiAK” Simon Felix – Support, Fnatic
I’m really grateful for getting the opportunity to compete in the EU LCS for Fnatic. It’s hard for the fans to see Yellowstar leaving, but with practice I’m confident I can fill his shoes. This is the first time I'm able to prepare for an LCS split and play it from the start. I’m honored to be a teammate of Rekkles, Febiven, Spirit and Gamsu, and really looking forward to the start of the LCS in 2016.
My aim is to go to Worlds and win it. There is a lot of work waiting for us, but I'm sure we can do it!