Fnatic defied the odds and qualified for Worlds 2023.
Despite a very rocky year, Fnatic players went against all the odds and secured themselves a place at the League of Legends World Championship (Worlds). Having finished Worlds 2022 with a low placement, their qualification for Worlds 2023 will be a chance to show that where they started in 2023 isn't where they will end up.
What made Fnatic's year rocky?
The road to Worlds 2023 started in a rocky fashion for Fnatic during the Winter Split in the League of Legends EMEA Championship (LEC). Long-term support Zdravets Iliev "Hylissang" Galabov and head coach of five years Jakob "YamatoCannon" Mebdi left the team. Additionally, Elias "Upset" Lipp got benched. The Winter Split ended early for Fnatic as the team got a crushing scoreline of 2-7.
Fnatic slowly brought it back in the Spring Split, managing to finish slightly higher. However, the off-season period shook up Fnatic again. During this time, one of the most well-known European ADCs, Carl Martin Erik "Rekkles" Larsson, swapped to support. This took him off the active roster. In his place, more changes were made, including bringing in Adrian "Trymbi" Trybus. This proved successful as fans saw vast improvements take place.
How did Fnatic qualify for Worlds 2023?
Despite the rocky year, the team accumulated enough champion points to qualify for Worlds 2023. In part, this was thanks to earning the silver at the end of the Summer Split.
Fnatic now waits with the rest of the LEC teams to confirm seeding for Worlds 2023.
Fnatic at Worlds 2023
As Worlds 2023 inches ever closer, fans of Fnatic can anticipate seeing the team on the international stage. The tournament itself will take place in South Korea.