Fnatic’s roster overhaul for the 2017 EU LCS season includes four new players and an All-European starting lineup. The team announced the new roster on a live-stream Thursday.
The new roster includes one of the most experienced players in European League of Legends returning to the organization that helped make his name. French top laner Paul “sOAZ” Boyer will re-join Fnatic after two years with Origen. He’ll be joined by former Origen teammate Maurice "Amazing" Stückenschneider, Danish mid lane prospect Rasmus “Caps” Winther and former Immortals assistant coach Jesse “Jesiz” Lee. AD Carry Martin “Rekkles” Larsson is the only remaining player from Fnatic’s old roster.
The 22-year-old Boyer has been playing competitive League since the infancy of the scene, first with against All authority in 2010, making it to the Season 1 World Championship final. After stops with Millenium, Absolute Legends and AAA again, he signed with Fnatic in June 2012.
Fnatic missed Worlds during Soaz’s first year with the team, but he helped lead the team to the tournament in each of the next two seasons. After the 2014 season, he joined Enrique "xPeke" Cedeño Martínez’s new organization at Origen, where he played each of the past two seasons.
While with Origen, soAZ played with Amazing, the 22-year-old German jungler previously with Team SoloMid. Origen made a surprise run to the Worlds semifinals in its first year of existence, but a dismal 2016 performance brought a ninth-place regular season finish and no trip to Worlds.
Caps, a 17-year-old Danish prospect, has played in both the European Challenger Series and in the Turkish Champions League for Dark Passage. Jesiz previously played with SK Gaming and Team Coast before moving to coaching.
Fnatic’s roster for the 2017 EU LCS Spring Split will look like this:
- Top: Paul “sOAZ” Boyer
- Jungle: Maurice "Amazing" Stückenschneider
- Mid: Rasmus “Caps” Winther
- AD Carry: Martin “Rekkles” Larsson
- Support: Jesse “Jesiz” Lee
Fnatic will also have a second roster competing in the European Challenger Series Open Qualifier. This will be the third different iteration of a Fnatic academy team.
- Top: Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek
- Jungle: Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen
- Mid: Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer
- ADC: Rasmus “MrRallez” Skinneholm
- Support: Johan “Klaj” Olsson