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Fnatic finalizes its new 2021 LEC roster with Upset

Fnatic has completed its 2021 roster with the addition of former Astralis bot laner Elias "Upset" Lipp.

Fnatic is ready for 2021, as the organization finalized its 2021 roster and it’s looking like a strong contender. Two days after welcoming mid laner Yasin "Nisqy" Dinçer, Fnatic confirmed Upset as its new starting bot laner and the final piece to its puzzle.

Upset is considered one of the best bot laners in Europe and joins after being abruptly released from Astralis. The organization underwent a rebranding, and with a new look came a new roster. Astralis only kept mid laner Erlend "Nukeduck" Holm and surrounded him with a group of promising rookies.

Fnatic is taking a different approach from Astralis and is trusting in the experience of its veteran roster. Nisqy and Upset are two players that will certainly change the way Fnatic works as a team. The previous iteration of Fnatic lacked consistency when it played best-of-five series. Opponents could easily throw Fnatic off balance and prey on its weaknesses. Hearing what the players had to say about, it’s clear that the internal issues are holding Fnatic back.

Can Fnatic overcome its problems in 2021?

While adding two new players is a step in the right direction, it won’t fix the problems within the roster. Top laner Gabriël "Bwipo" Rau has been vocal about his disagreements with jungler Oskar "Selfmade" Boderek.

Bwipo went as far as to suggest Fnatic signed a different jungler this offseason. The organization ignored Bwipo’s comments and now the two are reunited for yet another season of play. Knowing full well that one player is trying to get the other fired is not the best way to create a pleasant working environment.

If Fnatic overcomes the problem on its top side of the map, the team is in for a good time in the LEC. Nisqy is a flexible player with a broad champion pool, and so is Upset. With the item rework, bottom laners are stronger than ever, so 2021 could be Upset’s time to shine.