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League of Legends: Fnatic replace star midlaner Caps with Slovenian rising star

Published: 29/Nov/2018 17:34 Updated: 29/Nov/2018 17:56

by David Purcell

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Fnatic has taken another risk by appointing an unproven midlaner to replace Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther for the 2019 League of Legends European Championships (LEC), with the acquisition of Tim ‘Nemesis’ Lipovsek. 

Nemesis is very much an upcoming star in esports and was part of the MAD Lions team which won LVP Superliga in 2018 twice, as well as the EU Masters 2018.

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As we have seen in the past, however, Fnatic are very much capable of making these risks pay dividends. Just take a look at how Fnatic’s rookie top-laner Bwipo stood out as one of the best in his role as the team went to the World Championship final.

With that in mind, the 19-year old Slovenian is now relishing his chance of improving with the Black and Orange.

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Having completed the move, Lipovsek said: “I’m delighted to represent Fnatic now; it feels unreal knowing I’ll be able to play for the Fnatic fans. Even before being announced, they’ve shown me an incredible amount of support already!

“Now, I look forward to working with my new teammates who have shown huge success in the past years. I’m confident I can perform to the highest standards that were set by my midlane predecessors.”

The incoming rising star will be stepping into some big shoes, though, replacing Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther who decided to swap Fnatic for G2 Esports just under a week ago. He was undoubtedly one of the best midlaners in the world and has left to the biggest domestic rival – riling up the pressure on the young replacement to deliver. 

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Read More: Fnatic have since denied financial causes for the loss of their star player 

Fnatic have faith in their ability to develop future stars and now Nemesis is going to be a big part of their team. 

Speaking about their new man, Fnatic League of Legends Team Director Joey ‘YoungBuck’ Steltenpool said: “We’ve been following Nemesis for quite some time during his stay at Mad Lions and, from everything we’ve seen and heard, he ticks all the boxes.

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“Building up talent may take time and always comes with risk. But I believe Fnatic provides their players the perfect platform to become stars.” 

Even with a great track record of improving their teams and developing talent, the pressure is certainly on for Fnatic to deliver in the upcoming season. 

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HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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