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FNATIC MONTHLY | January Edition

2018 is in full flow and we’ve already had a huge month of esports already.

Paladins

We started off the year with a grand final at the inaugural Paladins World Championship at HRX 2018. After clawing back from a deficit in every game of the tournament, we made it through to the final Sunday against Na’vi. The incredible grind through the bracket was too much, though, as we fell in the grand final.

League of Legends

The 2018 Spring Split began in mid-January. Despite only making one change to our player roster over the winter break, Zdravets ‘Hylissang’ Galabov coming in as support, the changes in the management staff have seen a change up in style. With a more heavy focus on macro-play, we took our first game against Splyce.

The change will take some adjustment, however, with two losses against H2k and Team Vitality. But a win at the end of the month against age-old rivals, G2 sweetened our view on the EU LCS standings.

Heroes of the Storm

The HGC European Pro League started as well this January. The reigning champions of European Heroes of the Storm started the season with one new face, Benjamin ‘BadBenny’ Eekenulv, and one old ally, Thomas ‘Ménè’ Cailleux, returning to the Black and Orange.

The team started out with two wins, but showed signs of frailty when falling against Zealots. With Western Clash Phase #1 and Mid-Season Brawl in the coming months, the new look - and slightly less Swedish - roster are working harder than ever to return to the top.

Dota 2

It was a short journey for the Dota 2 team as they went to ESL One Genting, but it ended in a long fight against Vici Gaming. An epic 91 minute win wasn’t enough to pass the Chinese team in the minor.

The team, who now have Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE’ Arora as #3, will have a chance at the IEM Katowice Major and GESC: Indonesia Dota 2 Minor having qualified in January.

Roma Fnatic, FIFA

Sam ‘Poacher’ Carmody attended the first ever FUT Champions Cup in Barcelona near the end of January. Poacher only managing a 1-4 record in the Swiss group stage format. However, he had a presence till the end, picking up the moniker, “Coach Poacher” as he helped Donovan ‘DhTekKz’ Hunt win the 128-man tournament. DhTekKz grew up nearby to Poacher, truly proving that they put something special in the water over in Devon.

Rocket League

Our Rocket League team attended DreamHack Leipzig at the first tournament of the Rocket League season. We didn’t drop a single game that we would end up winning. Their fine form in Day 1, however, rewarded them a Group of Death with the World Champions, the ELEAGUE champions and the team that knocked us out of RLCS last season.

Despite beating Team Secret 3-0, the boys lost to Gale Force Esports 3-1. An end of the day game against G2 went to a game five, which the boys sadly lost. Paris Saint-Germain went on to win the whole tournament, but we slept them the week previous Ting Open EU Qualifier #3.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Last, but not least, there was the ELEAGUE Major: Boston.

Fnatic CS:GO is held to a high standard, not only by the fans but also by everyone involved within. Anything less than competing with the best and creating long lasting memories is a failure. We had never failed to reach legend status prior to Boston, and this was the Major was when we became the only team to have reached all twelve. Freddy ‘Krimz’ Johansson became the only player to make it to twelve out of twelve.

Although, in the quarterfinal, we fell to SK Gaming, we lost with our heads held high. With our in-game leader Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim coming to the major as a rookie and Jonas ‘Lekr0’ Olofsson reaching legend for the first time, the 99 round slog against SK became even more epic.

January has been exhausting, but that only means esports is back! We have had thirteen years in esports, but 2018 our legacy lives on.