Following yesterday’s news that Fnatic’s League of Legends roster will head to South Korea for an intensive bootcamp ahead of the EU LCS Summer Split, the organisation’s official statement has clarified that team captain Martin “Rekkles” Larsson will not join his teammates for the trip. In his place, Fnatic Academy AD Carry Rasmus “MrRalleZ” Skinneholm will move up to the main roster, filling the vacant position left by Rekkles.
Ahead of their return to the LCS stage, Fnatic have opted to develop and refine their play in the most competitive region in the world. It is not uncommon for western squads to head to South Korean shores to train for major tournaments, indeed FNC’s decision to bootcamp ahead of the Summer Split reiterates their competitive intentions ahead of the 2017 World Championship. The team’s decision to head to the Asian nation was initially revealed through a series of excited social media posts:
super excited to go to koreaaa, more infos soon ?
— Paul Boyer (@sOAZIZGOOD) 7 May 2017
Korea soon ✈️
— Jesse Le (@Jesizlol) 7 May 2017
Packing my stuff and getting ready for my flight to Berlin today, gonna meet up with the team before our journey to Korea starts tomorrow ?
— Broxah (@BroxahLoL) 8 May 2017
“We proved to ourselves that we have what it takes to be at the top of Europe, and having a boot-camp in Korea would go a long way to achieving this.“
Finlay “Quaye” Stewart
Fnatic have revealed that they will use the bootcamp in Korea as an opportunity to trial new prospective coaching talent. Interim coach Finlay “Quaye” Stewart stepped into the position following the team’s decision to part ways with previous Head Coach Nicholas “NicoThePico” Korsgård, under whom Fnatic had slumped to their worst run of form since the EU LCS’ conception.
Fnatic’s fortunes shifted immediately upon his departure, the team mounting a resurgent run to establish a playoff position and finish 3rd for the EU LCS Spring Split. Quaye provided the urgently required stability during turbulent times for the squad, yet (by his own admission) lacks the game insight to drive Fnatic to new levels of success. Quaye will remain in Berlin for the duration of the bootcamp, as will the most notable team absence, Rekkles:
“Rekkles has had a really rough split, dealing with a lot of personal issues.
“He decided that it was best to take some extra time to recover and come back stronger in Summer.”
Finlay “Quaye” Stewart
Rekkles on-going with personal issues have been widely publicised throughout the split, though it was not until the end of April that the veteran AD Carry revealed he had been living separentley from the Fnatic gaming house and his teammates. The move certainly proved to be beneficial for the captain and the rest of the team’s performance, given their shift in fortunes towards the end of the split.
Whilst Rekkles decision not to travel to Korea may be considered disappointing by certain factions of the Fnatic fanbase, ultimately it is a decision that belongs entirely to the AD Carry. Admittedly, the opportunity to build upon team synergy and play style in a fiercely competitive environment will be missed, though Rekkles is not essential for a productive bootcamp experience.
Given the time to rest and prepare for the EU LCS Summer Split, Rekkles will ideally rejoin his teammates upon their return from Seoul – where they will have been exposed to new coaching methods and strategies – ready to mount a challenge for a World Championship seed.