Everyone expected Fnatic to perform well at Worlds 2021. However, no one would have ever expected such a bad start for the LEC team. Is the lack of Upset on the roster detrimental to the team, or are other laners to blame as well? Let’s see what happened to Fnatic in the last few days, and what it might insinuate for their results going forward.
Worlds 2021 – Fnatic’s shocking announcement
On October 11th, Fnatic’s official account made an announcement on Twitter, stating that ADC Elias “Upset” Lipp was forced to return home and won’t join the rest of the team during the group stage. No further details about the reasons were added for privacy reasons.
To replace him, the organization decided to move their Academy ADC Louis “Bean” Schmitz to the starting roster. Fnatic mentioned that Bean had been preparing with the team in the last few weeks and would debut at Worlds 2021.
Some fans, including former Fnatic player Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek, claimed that the announcement was a cover-up. They thought that the real reason Upset left was due to internal conflicts among players. Jungler Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau unfollowed some Fnatic accounts, suggesting that the issues might have been related. These were directly dismissed by Bwipo himself, saying that he wanted to take a break from socials.
To clarify everything, Upset, on October 13th, finally made a public tweet about his situation. He explained that taking care of his family was a priority, wishing that fans would stop speculating. We hope the best for Upset and his family.
Fnatic’s Worlds 2021 Performance
While Upset leaving has nothing to do with the issues of the team, it is still clear to everyone that Fnatic is struggling. After two days of Group stage, Fnatic is currently sitting last with a 0-2 record. They lost both to Hanwha Life Esports and Royal Never Give Up and will face PSG Talon next. If the team really wants to have a chance at advancing to the next stage, they must at least win the next series.
Aside from the result, however, the most worrying part about Fnatic’s situation is their overall performance. Of course, losing a core member like Upset ahead of Worlds is not great, but it feels like all the players were influenced by it. Fnatic was either over-aggressive or uncoordinated: the team was clearly not on the same page. The enemies would capitalize on those mistakes and push their