Posted 2016-12-01 Lepertum
Two years. It doesn’t seem a long time really, does it? Maybe not in a ‘normal’ profession; maybe not even in traditional sports, but in the short career of a pro-gamer, two years can be a hugely significant period.
Back in the winter of 2014, an exodus of players left only the stalwart support, Yellowstar, to rebuild Fnatic’s roster from the ground up; our former midlaner and legendary captain, xPeke, had departed, leaving a worrying cap in the centre of the rift.
Enter Febiven, joining the new roster from H2k in the January after an impressive rookie split in the EU LCS. Of course doubters were had; the shoes that the 18 year old Fabian had to fill were enormous. Triumph in the Spring Split vindicated his selection though and was capped off by a quite frankly incredible performance versus SK Telecom. The fabled 18-0 Summer Split followed and cemented his place as one of the best midlaners in the world.
In the year after, following the departures of three key players, the task was placed on both Febiven and our AD Carry, Rekkles, to again rebuild the roster. With the demands brought forward from those changes and the pressure that materialised, the midlaner struggled to replicate his form of the 2015 season. Now as both Fnatic and Febi look forward to 2017 and the successes that await, it’s been agreed that we move on along different pathways.
And so after two years, Febiven has given Fnatic everything. His effort, emotion and hunger for success offered a way forward when many had written off the team’s chances. For that, thank you simply isn’t enough. What we will say however, is that Fnatic wish Fabian all the success as he moves on to the next chapter in his career, wherever his next road may take him.
Fabian "Febiven" Diepstraten
Hello! I'm Fabian also known as 'Febiven'
It might come as a surprise to see me leaving the organisation, but I decided to join H2K for the upcoming season because I felt like I needed to change my environment to evolve as a player and H2k is an org that I already know and like and the roster is pretty stacked.
I think going to a different team is the right decision for me and I hope everyone can understand it. I love FNATIC and that will always be, they are a really great organisation with hard working lovely people.
I had a lot of success within the organisation together with my teammates and staff especially in 2015, which was amazing.
I would like to thank all my fans for supporting us/me and everyone who worked with me in Fnatic. I can't be more grateful for anything in my life, having had the opportunity to play in FNATIC for 2 years. They really made me the person/player I am today.
Again, thank you very much and I hope both of us will succeed and I wish everybody the best especially Martin, Finlay (best manager I had so far), Patrik, Wouter, Sam, Nico and Deilor.
All the best and with love from Febiven.