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Nemesis reveals how Fnatic ran the gauntlet of the Worlds group of death

Published: 21/Oct/2019 4:41 Updated: 21/Oct/2019 5:50

by Isaac McIntyre


European mid laner Tim ‘League of Legends World Championship, and how good it feels to have survived the tournament’s group of death.

After a rocky 1-2 start to the group stage, Fnatic had a tough road ahead of them. If they wanted to make it to the final eight on home soil, they had to defeat SK Telecom T1, and Royal Never Give Up, the last of which was a major bugbear for them.

In nearly a dozen matchups, the European squad, and Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson specifically, had beaten RNG superstar Jian ‘Uzi’ Zi-Hao just once. It was a head-to-head record that had left fans and analysts doubting if Fnatic even had the capacity to reverse history.

Riot GamesNemesis has well and truly arrived on the international stage after defeating Faker.

In another incredible Worlds run for the Season 1 champions, Fnatic downed tournament favorites SKT, upset RNG, and battled their way through 0-6 cellar-dwellers Clutch Gaming to secure a place in the quarterfinals.

The undefeated second round robin shocked League of Legends fans around the world, but Nemesis admitted to Bilibili after his team’s 33-minute win over RNG to close out the day that the squad had “failed” in the first week, and knew what they had to fix to recover.

“I think it was individual play, and some of our players not performing the way they should, and we didn’t learn what we should play on-stage,” Nemesis said of Fantic’s first-week woes. 

“This is why Week 2 went better. Fnatic is strong at adapting to the Worlds meta, and I think we advance faster when the patch comes. That’s why we are ahead when it comes to drafts.”

Riot GamesFnatic veteran Rekkles broke down on stage after their win over RNG.

Fnatic’s adaptation saw them switch from Garen-Yuumi in the bot lane, back to what had secured them a runners-up spot in the LEC — playmakers for Zdravets ‘Hylissang’ Iliev Galabov and Mads ‘Broxah’  Brock-Pedersen, and powerful picks for Nemesis and Rekkles.

Those changes, alongside rumors many of the Fnatic squad were battling with illness in the first week of the competition and had recovered in the second, helped the LEC hopefuls.

In particular, the shock upset over SKT was built off Nemesis’ hyper-scaling Veigar pick, which saw him shatter Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok’s early stranglehold on the mid lane matchup, before he went on to guide Fnatic to unlikely win with an MVP performance.

According to Nemesis, however, solo-killing the international megastar that has become known as the ‘Unkillable Demon King’ wasn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.

“Honestly, I didn’t even realize it in lane,” the Slovenian admitted. “He was winning lane quite hard, harder than he should have been, but he underestimated Veigar’s damage.”

“The kill didn’t change much though, I would have been the same champion regardless of whether I got the kill or not. Personally I don’t care (about killing him) because I’m here to beat everyone, and that includes Faker.”

Riot GamesNemesis and Fnatic are gunning for the world championship in Europe.

Now, Fnatic have drawn Chinese champions FunPlus Phoenix in the round of eight. They are on the same side of the bracket as defending world champions Invictus Gaming, who downed them 3-0 in Worlds last year, and Korean youngsters Griffin.

It’s a tough bracket, but Nemesis has barely paid it any attention. Instead, he’s more focused on returning to Madrid, where he first cut his teeth in the competitive scene with Mad Lions in the domestic league and European Masters.

“I don’t, but I really like Spain, and I’m looking forward to it, because I’ve played there in the past,” Nemesis replied when asked if there were any teams he wanted to face. “I think the Spanish crowd is the best in the world, and I’m really looking forward to playing there.”

There were no teams that Nemesis wanted to face, yes, but there was one player that came to mind when asked — Fnatic’s enigmatic former mid laner Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther, with whom the European organization made it to the Worlds final.

After losing to G2 twice in Summer’s grueling five-game series, Nemesis is out for revenge. He wants to prove he’s the best: “I want to face Caps. I just want to win against him this time.”

Fnatic’s quarterfinal against FPX begins at 8am PST on October 26, after Griffin clash with IG. Keep up with all the World Championship action via our Worlds coverage hub.

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Schalke 04 considering selling LEC slot for €20m

Published: 24/Feb/2021 19:50 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 20:02

by Lauren Bergin


League of Legends has become a household name for gamers and esports fans everywhere. German football club, Schalke 04, have been in the league for almost 5 years, but are considering selling their place in the LEC for €20m ($24.3m). 

When it comes to esports, League of Legends is arguably the biggest, with major tournaments in countries all over the world, as well as prize pools that boggle the mind.

The European leg of competitive LoL, the LEC, is one of the game’s most dominant Leagues. With the Spring Split well underway, teams like G2 Esports and Rogue sit at the top of the pack, but others aren’t doing so well.

One of these is Schalke 04 team, who have attained a meagre sixth place over the past few weeks. Now, the team has announced that selling its LEC spot could be in consideration as the larger football club is looking for a way to stay afloat during the global health crisis.

Schalke 04 considering selling LEC slot

As first reported by Paul Arrivé of French news outlet L’Equipe, the club are considering selling their LEC slot for a supposed €20 million.

This has likely been prompted by a poor performance by the soccer team in the German Bundesliga, who currently are in last place with only nine points from 22 games. Coupled with financial difficulties associated with the current global crisis and the departure of ex-president Clemens Tönnes after a wave of controversy, it seems like Schalke are in a pretty bad spot.

During a Q&A on Twitch, Schalke confirmed “there is an opportunity that we have to look into selling the (LEC) slot because the slot has big value.” The club later revealed that a decision might come in late May or June.

Selling on their LEC slot will net them over 100% profit. Dropping the team would save the organization the costs involved in running a pro esports team, as well as the staggering €8 ($9) million LEC entry fees.

Considering that Schalke are a soccer team at their core, this money could easily flow back into the sports side of the business to attempt to rebuild their somewhat tarnished reputation.

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Schalke 04 have been staples in the LEC since 2019.

If the sale takes place, the 2021 Schalke Miracle Run to Worlds might be over before it begins. Only time will tell whether or not we see the Royal Blue squad in the LEC again, or whether or not it’ll be another LoL team battling for center stage.