It’s strange to think Gabriel ‘Bwipo’ Rau has only been at Fnatic since January of this year. But, from today, we can announce that the Belgian toplaner has agreed to extend his stay in the Black and Orange till 2021.

Following the announcement of our acceptance to the rebranded European League of Legends league, the LEC, we can now make our first announcement as we prepare to return to European action.

Bwipo’s fast rise to the top started with the opportunities one of the most veteran Fnatic players ever, Paul ‘sOAZ’ Boyer - who we announced yesterday would be departing for Misfits - helped give to him during the conclusion of the EU LCS Spring Split regular season.

“Specifically to sOAZ, I want to give him a big thanks. He was the first person to believe in me in the sense that the coaching staff gave him the decision whether or not I was going to play scrims.

Thanks for that shot he gave me. Eventually, it got to the point where I was considered good enough to start for certain important matches.

I wouldn’t be here without him. I look forward to competing against him!” - Gabriel ‘Bwipo’ Rau

After lifting the Spring Split trophy in Copenhagen, Bwipo’s adaptability and perseverance showed even further colours when a wild patch change saw his carry champion preference move him to bot lane in place of Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson.

After two EU Split wins and then what became a World Championship grand final appearance in Incheon, South Korea, it’s hard to deny that Bwipo deserved the PC Rookie of the Year award at the recent Esports Awards in London, United Kingdom.

As we look forward to the new and more competitive LEC, we are delighted that Bwipo has signed on to be a part of Fnatic’s journey.

The signing is pending Riot approval.