After weeks of wild rumors and unverified leaks, Fnatic have finally decided to make their 2022 LEC roster official! And, needless to say, there aren’t any surprises whatsoever. This phenomenal line-up has been leaked weeks ago, but it’s still nice to get official confirmation from the folks in charge as one can never be too certain these days.
The former “Kings of Europe” have made three changes to their starting line-up and, frankly, all three of them are flat-out amazing. We have a top lane behemoth who’s been competing at the highest of levels for years, one of the most promising junglers in all of Europe, and arguably the best-performing mid laner in the LEC.
What more could you ask for? Fnatic have knocked it out of the park! There’s just no other way to put it. In fact, we’d argue that this particular line-up has even more potential than the one that came before it which is really saying something. There’s no weak link whatsoever — “just” five exceptional players who happen to be at the peak of their powers. This line-up has all the right tools and weapons to not only contest for a spot at the top but even go the “whole nine yards.”
And, well, we’re bound to be entertained every step of the way, regardless of what eventually ends up happening!
Fnatic | 2022 LEC Line-Up
The following five players will all compete under Fnatic’s banner going forward:
Top Lane: Martin “Wunder” Hansen [formerly of G2 Esports]
Jungle: Iván “Razork” Martín [formerly of Misfits Gaming]
Mid Lane: Marek “Humanoid” Brázda [formerly of MAD Lions]
AD Carry: Elias “Upset” Lipp
Support: Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov
Wunder is a Worlds finalist, a Mid-Season Invitational champion, and is generally considered as the best and most talented top laner in LEC history — one that has more trophies than he knows what to do with. So it should really come as no surprise that he had supposedly spent the majority of 2021 raiding in World of Warcraft instead of tryharding in scrims and playing solo queue. When you’ve been so staggeringly dominant for so long, it’s downright impossible not to rest on your laurels.
Did he play on auto-pilot? Absolutely. Did he slack off? Almost surely. But that doesn’t give us the right to judge. Why should he go out of his way to improve when he’s already head and shoulders above the vast majority of his peers? Can he even improve when there’s no one to challenge him and push him to his limits? Would we not get complacent as well if we were in his shoes? Now, we’re not defending his actions (far from it), but it’d be unfair to criticize Wunder when all he did was have a human reaction after years of absolute dominance.
Wunder will step up and deliver. We just know it.
He’ll have a stellar jungler to help him out, too; Razork is always willing to throw himself in harm’s way and push his team over the finish line. He’s a playmaker at heart but has grown tremendously throughout 2021 and can adhere to a wide range of strategies and playstyles. He’s still a bit rough around the edges but will no doubt blossom beyond measure under Fnatic’s banner — like so many players who came before him. It’s also worth mentioning that all of his teammates are exceptionally talented and lane dominant which means he’ll be able to invade to his heart’s content! A recipe for success, no doubt.
In the mid lane we have none other than the two-time LEC champion Humanoid — an individual who’s currently amongst the very best and most dominant players in all of Europe. And, well, he needs no introduction after wrecking house in both splits this year. Humanoid is the “complete package,” if you will, but he wasn’t always this darn good. In fact, he was quite flawed back when he first broke onto the scene — much like Felix “Abbedagge” Braun. If you had told someone a couple of years ago that both of them would become champions, you would’ve gotten a Ray Liotta laugh in response. This just goes to show what’s possible when you combine great scouting and a stellar coaching staff; the sky’s the limit!
Last but certainly not least, we have what can rightfully be deemed as the best bottom lane duo in the LEC — as if Fnatic didn’t already have enough tools and weapons to work with! Upset and Hylissang have a metric ton of synergy and it shows in their play, too. They’re always ready to engage, to make the game-winning play and style over their opponents. And, frankly, they succeed more often than not. It’s a shame they weren’t able to showcase their staggering talent at this year’s Worlds, but if things pan out as expected, they’re all but guaranteed to get another shot come 2022.
By the looks of it, head coach Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi will have an easy job ahead of him: leading a team as stacked as this one shouldn’t prove to be much of a challenge. Certain issues might pop up (as they always do), but with so much experience and skill under one roof, we’re fully confident that Fnatic will be able to weather the storm and emerge even stronger.
If everything goes “according to plan,” Fnatic will not only challenge for the LEC throne but perhaps even ascend it (at least once). Their biggest threat, of course, is Team Vitality, with G2 Esports coming in at a close second. Who’s really better than whom is impossible to predict at this point in time, but one thing’s for certain: the victor will be determined by the slimmest of margins!