Fnatic to sign Cloud9’s Nisqy as League midlaner for LEC 2021 season - Dexerto
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Fnatic to sign Cloud9’s Nisqy as League midlaner for LEC 2021 season

Published: 15/Nov/2020 15:51

by Luke Edwards


Fnatic is set to sign Cloud9 midlaner Yacin ‘Nisqy’ Dincer as their new starting midlaner, replacing Tim ‘Nemesis’ Lipovsek ahead of the 2021 season.

It’s been a largely disappointing season for Fnatic fans. Despite making it out of a tough group at Worlds, they were historically reverse-swept by Top Esports in the quarterfinals. They also lost both finals of the LEC Spring and Summer splits to G2, being 3-0’d on both occasions.

Speculation over roster changes has dominated their pre-season. Fans have called for changes to try and reverse Fnatic’s fortunes in the LEC, with changes to the coaching staff having already been made. Given G2’s long-time midlaner Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic is believed to be joining Cloud9, Fnatic has an opportunity to capitalise on a potential transition period and claim the LEC crown.

With Nemesis set to depart, players like former Fnatic star Fabian ‘Febiven’ Diepstraten and mousesport’s Adam ‘LIDER’ Ilyasov were touted as midlane replacements. But it seems Nisqy has been given the nod.

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Nisqy excelled at Splyce prior to joining Cloud9

Nisqy set to join Fnatic

This report, per esportsmaniacos, claims Fnatic has a “verbal agreement” with Nisqy to become their starting midlaner for the new season.

The deal will not be completed until at least November 16 as the free agency window doesn’t technically open until then.

Nisqy is no stranger to the org, having played for Fnatic Academy in 2017 before departing for North America to join team EnVyUs.

He then moved back to Europe for a stint with Splyce, before returning to NA to start for Cloud9 as the replacement for Jensen, who had joined Team Liquid.

Nisqy at Fnatic academy
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Nisqy played for Fnatic Academy from November 2016 until May 2017.

Nisqy has found a decent amount of success in NA, winning the 2020 LCS Spring Split, but failed to help the team achieve Worlds qualification. 

His signing for Fnatic has caused some controversy, however, with some of the scene’s major players believing it to be too safe an option. Former Excel esports jungler Marc ‘Caedrel’ Lamont believes Fnatic might not get much long-term payoff from Nisqy, as he said:

I do think Nisqy is a very safe and reliable option and fits FNC very well, I just don’t see it as a pickup that pushes FNC to a world championship contesting team.”

Fnatic streamer and ex-H2K Gaming coach Michael ‘Veteran’ Archer believes Fnatic is missing a trick by not bringing in LIDER.

The implications around this deal are huge, and there are a few theories about what could lead on from it. If you want to get really tinfoil, get this: this deal could be part of a speculated 3-way trade between Fnatic, G2 and Cloud9. Perkz is set to leave G2 for C9, while Fnatic ADC Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson is one player being very loosely touted as his replacement in the G2 botlane.

Time will tell, but things are shaping up for an even more entertaining off-season.


Smash insider’s claims Nintendo allegedly sabotaged esports goes viral

Published: 24/Nov/2020 17:47

by Michael Gwilliam


A detailed report from a supposed Smash Bros insider has gone viral for indicating how Nintendo has been allegedly trying to destroy the game’s esports scene for many years.

Nintendo has created a recent rift with its player base after the company hit The Big House, an online tournament, with a cease and desist order for playing on a modded version of Melee that used Slippi. Slippi is a tool that gives Melee seamless online play in 2020.

Following the cease and desist, many pros have blasted Nintendo, with some, such as Team Liquid’s Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma calling on the community to fight back against the Japanese gaming juggernaut.

Now, a Twitter account simply named “AnonymousSmasher” has gone viral for posting a massive account of all the ways Nintendo has reportedly hurt the game in the past.

The TwitLonger, titled “How Nintendo Has Hurt the Smash Community,” was reportedly written months prior to The Big House’s cancelation, but was released anonymously for “obvious reasons.”

“To begin, I want to state that I am not a journalist. What I’m writing below is directly from what I’ve been told by the individuals who work at these companies or are deeply familiar with the business dealings of these companies by the nature of their position in esports,” the author warned to begin the piece.

Following this, the individual went into detail about how third-parties such as Eleague, ESL and MLG have attempted to work with Nintendo, but the company was near impossible to work with being slow to respond or asking outrageous licensing fees.

The Super Smash Bros Melee roster
Melee has had its share of growing pains as an esport.

According to the insider, Twitch “had been in negotiations with Nintendo to run a sanctioned circuit for Smash, including Smash 4 and Melee, starting around 2015.”

The insider then claims that Twitch was fronting the costs which would have had a budget in the millions. “During this time, it’d seem like Twitch was always close, only to have conversations left without a response from Nintendo for months, thus delaying the process,” the insider revealed.

“Eventually, around early 2018, after 3 years of man-hours and efforts to appease Nintendo, the parties came to an agreement. This wasn’t just a verbal agreement, or an agreement made in good faith. It was a written contractual agreement meant to kick off the circuit for both Melee and Smash 4,” they further added.

Unfortunately, it all came crashing down. “Unbeknownst to anyone, Nintendo had plans to announce Smash Ultimate in 2018. Nintendo began ghosting those working at Twitch, even after the agreement was made. Then, once Ultimate was announced, Nintendo came back to Twitch and effectively stated that the circuit no longer made sense with Ultimate in sight.”

The report has since been shared by prolific members of the community such as William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte who remarked, “I hope that one day we can #SaveSmash and its scene from Nintendo.”

Smash God Adam ‘Armada’ Lindgren seemed to confirm that a lot in the report was true. “I understand if people might be skeptical but believe me when I say that this is very accurate,” he said.

Of course take anything the anonymous poster says with a grain of salt. Without sources, their claims can’t be verified. However, it’s interesting that several prominent members of  the scene are backing it up. With the Smash community in an uproar, only time will tell if Nintendo finally backs down or if they dig their heels in continue to create a divide between them and the fandom.