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Fnatic players crushed as TES wins first-ever reverse sweep at Worlds

Published: 17/Oct/2020 17:04

by Luke Edwards


Fnatic fell to the first reverse sweep in League of Legends Worlds history, as Top Esports came back from the dead to win their quarterfinal series 3-2.

The world was stunned after Fnatic took the first two games, given Top’s status as the tournament favorite, but Europe’s sweethearts couldn’t finish the job.

Fnatic took the first two games emphatically. Despite TES taking minor early gold leads in both games, Fnatic ultimately had the upper hand in teamfights, with Rekkles and Hylissang the standout performers in both of their wins.

But from game three, from the brink of elimination, Top dominated. They took Karsa off Jarvan and gave him Lee Sin and Nidalee: two high-mobility, early-game orientated junglers.

The impact was evident as Fnatic started losing early skirmishes, with Karsa putting down a combined 17/2/22 KDA across the final three games.

Fnatic has fallen at the quarterfinal hurdle for the second consecutive year after last year’s loss to eventual champions FunPlus Phoenix. TES will be hoping to follow FPX’s footsteps in next week’s semifinal against LPL third seed Suning.

Post-series reactions to FNC vs TES

Fnatic’s devastated top laner Bwipo tweeted after the series, to take blame on his shoulders. “A better top lane could have taken care of at least one more win.”

Jungler Selfmade simply wrote “such a shame.”

Of course, it wouldn’t be League of Legends without someone reveling in Fnatic’s disappointment. LEC rivals G2 Esports tweeted Ocelote’s stunning presidential speech:

G2 now remains the West’s only hope ahead of their series against LCK third seed Gen.G tomorrow.

And while Fnatic may have lost, LoL Esports definitely didn’t. The series brought in some incredible ratings:

Given nobody even expected them to take one game from Top, let alone two, Fnatic bows out of this tournament with their reputation enhanced.


Fnatic Harry hits back after FIFA 21 FGS ban, retires from pro play

Published: 23/Jan/2021 6:03

by Andrew Amos


Fnatic FIFA 21 star Harry ‘Harry’ Hesketh was banned for one FGS event by EA SPORTS over a joke he made to 14-year-old wonderkid Anders Vejrgang on stream. While he disagrees with the ban, he is taking it in his stride, and leaving pro play behind.

Harry, who has 700,000 subscribers on YouTube, has turned up the ante on content creation across 2020 and 2021. The former pro, who qualified for the World Cup in 2020 before it was canceled, has been on the up ever since he signed with Fnatic.

However, his pro play career has come crumbling down over one comment he made to Anders Vejrgang during a FUT Champions match.

“I made one distasteful comment right, I said ‘his fingers might be quick, but mine are longer,’ and made a reference to his mother. I know my UK base are going to be like ‘it’s a mom joke’ ⁠— don’t defend me. It’s a distasteful comment,” he said back in December.

EA SPORTS have handed him a ban for the FGS Europe Regional Qualifier on February 6. However, instead of coming back after the ban, he’s made up his mind to step back from professional FIFA over claims of double standards.

“It’s in EA’s power to ban you for anything. They can do what they want, when they want. It isn’t a defense, it isn’t me trying to get it overturned,” he said in a January 22 video.

“I got dealt the same severity of ban for a mom joke as racism. That’s just a stone cold fact. If this is the precedent you’re setting for pro players, in the next 24 hours, I could go out and get every single person that’s ever competed in FIFA on the world stage banned,” he then added.

He also apologized to Anders for the comments, although he questioned whether EA were going after him for a personal vendetta.

“No hate towards Anders. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Please don’t do this. A revelation came to me after the stream. [EA] went to Anders and said ‘do you want an inquest into this stuff that happened on stream’ and they said no, because nothing happened.”

“The thing with EA that disheartens me a bit is the personal relationships. I get along with everyone I’ve met. I have zero personal vendettas against anyone I’ve met. I don’t know where it’s gone wrong, but it’s gone wrong somewhere.”

Harry’s retirement, according to him, comes with a big risk. Without competing, his three-year contract with Fnatic is in jeopardy. The bottom line financially might not be there, but his heart is all-in on content creation.

“I’m announcing my retirement from EA competitive events, effective immediately. This is the biggest risk of my life ⁠— if I’m not competing, I’m not competing with a team, so I’m deleting a three-year contract there.”

“My dream was to entertain, to interact with people, and be happy. The amount of messages I get per day…saying how much I’ve helped you all get through the times…that to me tops any trophy. That’s what I want to do, and if 2020 taught me anything, it’s to take risks.”

Fnatic are yet to officially drop Harry from their line-up.