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Fnatic reportedly considering dropping Hylissang, Bwipo in shock switch

Published: 26/Oct/2020 17:16 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 10:07

by Lauren Bergin

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As the League of Legends 2020 World Championships draw ever closer to conclusion, rumors regarding the future of some of Europe’s top players have fans shocked. 

Worlds 2020 has been a wild competition. It’s seen collapse of some of the LoL universe’s most popular teams, including TSM being eliminated without winning a single game and G2 Esports failing to reach the World Finals for the first time in two years.

Instead, fans have watched teams that were initially pegged as underdogs become dominant forces, especially Suning, who no one saw as a real contender, never mind Worlds finalists.

A lot of top tier teams have been left reeling after their performances, but none more so than Fnatic. Their playoff match against Top Esports saw victory brutally snatched away, and many fans have been left wondering if this performance was the nail in the Fnatic coffin.

Fnatic on LEC stage
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Is this the end of one of Fnatic’s most iconic rosters?

Rumor has it that there may be changes for Fnatic

A tweet from LEC roster rumor trackers LEC Wooloo has stated that Bwipo and Hylissang, two of Fnatic’s most divisive players, may be exploring other options. While the tweet says that they are still tied to Fnatic, it notes that a lot of other LEC teams are interested in the dynamic duo.

The tweet goes even further; explaining that if Hylissang does move to a different team then the current support for TSM Erik ‘Treatz’ Wessén is lined up to replace him. This is a bold move considering TSM’s diabolical showing at Worlds, but equally many Fnatic fans aren’t convinced that Hylissangs 50/50 plays are doing Fnatic many favours.

The final part of the tweet that will likely have Fnatic fans breathing a sigh of relief is that Fnatic’s best performing player Rekkles will be remaining with the franchise. The iconic face of Fnatic has stood out this year for his resilience and fluid captaincy, so even with a new roster Rekkles is likely to shine.

What would this mean?

While Fnatic have always remained one of Europe’s most dominant teams, changes could either hinder the team or propel them forward. While many Fnatic fans have blamed Bwipo and Hylissang for Fnatic’s rocky performances, Hylissang was one of the standout players of the TES series.

The old saying ‘it’s better the devil you know’ springs to mind, but either way Fnatic will remain a team to be feared so long as Rekkles remains on the roster. It’ll be interesting to see how this story continues to develop – if it does at all.

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LIVE: LCS Lock In 2021 Day 1: 100 Thieves, Liquid start on top

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:00 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 0:48

by Andrew Amos

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The LCS has kicked off 2021 not with the Spring Split, but with a new tournament called Lock In. Similar to the KeSPA Cup or Demacia Cup, NA’s top teams will duke it out in a pre-season event right before the main season. Here’s what you need to know.


  • 100 Thieves smash TSM to open up their 2021 campaign at LCS Lock In.
  • Liquid do the same against CLG to sit atop Group A.
  • Cloud9 and Evil Geniuses kick off Group B next at 5pm PT / 8pm ET.

LCS Lock In: Stream

The LCS Lock In tournament is the 2021 starter for League of Legends in North America. All 10 LCS teams will take part in the two-week competition that gives fans a taster of the year to come.

They’re not playing for pittance either. The winning team will take home $150,000 USD, and a lot of confidence heading into the start of Spring 2021 in February.

LCS Lock In 2021: Teams & groups

As we mentioned earlier, all 10 of the LCS teams will be taking part in the Lock In tournament. Some teams may choose to field their academy rosters instead of their main rosters, but with $150,000 on the line, there’ll definitely be some teams gunning for the flag.

Among them, Summer 2020 champions TSM would be favorites. Having made a number of moves in the off-season, only keeping jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu, the new squad will have a hard task in front of them. Team Liquid, CLG, and Cloud9 also made some big moves in the off-season to catch back up.

The 10 teams will be split into groups of two, with the top four from each group making it to the single-elimination playoffs.

Group A Group B
TSM FlyQuest
100 Thieves Cloud9
CLG Dignitas
Golden Guardians Evil Geniuses
Team Liquid Immortals

LCS Lock In 2021: Schedule

Groups Day 1: Friday, January 15

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A 100 Thieves 1 – 0 TSM 3pm 6pm 11pm
CLG 0 – 1 Liquid 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 16)
Group B Cloud9 vs Evil Geniuses 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 16)
Dignitas vs FlyQuest 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 16)
Group A Golden Guardians vs CLG 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 16)

Groups Day 2: Saturday, January 16

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Evil Geniuses 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs TSM 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Cloud9 vs FlyQuest 3pm 6pm 11pm
Immortals vs Dignitas 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 17)
Group A CLG vs 100 Thieves 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 17)

Groups Day 3: Sunday, January 17

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Cloud9 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Liquid vs 100 Thieves 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Dignitas vs Evil Geniuses 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A CLG vs TSM 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 18)
Golden Guardians vs Liquid 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 18)

Groups Day 4: Friday, January 22

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Dignitas vs Cloud9 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs 100 Thieves 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 23)
Group B Evil Geniuses vs FlyQuest 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 23)
Group A Liquid vs TSM 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 23)
Group B Immortals vs FlyQuest 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 23)

Quarterfinals Day 1: Saturday, January 23

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Quarterfinals Day 2: Sunday, January 24

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Semifinals Day 1: Friday, January 29

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 3pm 6pm 11pm

Semifinals Day 2: Saturday, January 30

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm

Grand Finals: Sunday, January 31

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm