Fnatic is a European esports organization that fields teams across many games. The organization entered League of Legends esports in March 2011 with the acquisition of former German team myRevenge. Since then, Fnatic has built a legacy in the scene.
Fnatic started strong from the first season. Being one of the eight teams that qualified for the Season One World Championship, Fnatic’s first roster dominated all the way to the top. In the finals, they defeated another European team, Against All Authority, and were crowned the first League of Legends champions in history.
The team continued dominating through the first season, placing third at IEM Season 6 Cologne and first at IEM Season 6 New York. But the second season wasn’t as good, though Fnatic had its famous roster including Paul "sOAZ" Boyer, Enrique "xPeke" Martínez, and Martin "Rekkles" Larsson.
In 2012, Fnatic finished the EU Regional Finals in fourth place and failed to qualify for the World Championship. Although its image remained as one of the best European teams, Fnatic started lagging behind.
The third season had a better outlook. League of Legends’ competitive scene was becoming more structured, and teams had clearer goals. This helped Fnatic get back to the top, even with minor roster changes. With a second-place finish in the regular season, Fnatic got another shot at Worlds, where the team finished third.
The fourth regular season wasn’t much different. Fnatic placed second both at IEM Season 8 World Championship and in the EU LoL Championship Series. Their 2014 Worlds run was, however, a disappointing one. Fnatic’s run went as far as the group stage where it achieved only two wins, and it ended in a 12th-place finish.
This was a much lower placing than what Fnatic than expected, and it was time for a roster overhaul. Rekkles, xPeke, and Lauri "Cyanide" Happonen left the team, and Fnatic signed two Korean players in Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon and Kim "Reignover" Yeu-jin, along with two other new team members. The new roster had a great spring run and secured the spot at 2015 Mid-Season Invitational, where they were eliminated after a close match against SK Telecom T1.
Rekkles rejoined Fnatic for the summer split, which resulted in the best split Fnatic has ever had. No one could take a win against the team in the region throughout the whole split, and Fnatic secured the top seed for Worlds. At 2015 Worlds, they climbed to third place once again.
Even though 2015 was a satisfying season, Fnatic’s roster changed again in 2016 as some of its players left to compete in North America. At first, the team surprised everyone by taking second at IEM Season 10 World Championship, only losing against SKT in the finals. But times weren’t as happy as in the previous season, and the new roster failed to qualify for Worlds after a disappointing run in the regional tournament.
At this point, it became standard for teams to change the majority of their roster going into the next season, and Fnatic did so again for 2017. The organization signed players that had a lot of potential, bringing sOAZ back and signing one of the best mid laners in the world, Rasmus "Caps" Winther.
The team finished both EU LCS splits in third place, and secured a qualification at the 2017 Worlds by winning the regional finals. The first week didn’t look promising for Fnatic, but they turned it around afterwards and secured themselves advancement to the quarterfinals through tiebreakers. They were then quickly stopped by Royal Never Give Up and finished fifth.
In 2018, Fnatic continued dominating and finished the regular season in first place. The team was a powerhouse at 2018 Worlds as well. They secured themselves a spot in the finals, where they got swept by Invictus Gaming. As the runner-up at the World Championship, Fnatic proved to be the best European team once again.
Riot Games rebranded the EU LCS to the LoL European Championship and turned towards long-term partnership at the beginning of 2019. Fnatic was one of the ten teams that partnered with the league in this effort. Fnatic’s ninth season was looking strong, but not as strong as the previous one. The team finished the regular season in second place behind G2 Esports. Once again, Fnatic qualified for the World Championship by winning the regional finals.
The 2019 Worlds showing wasn’t the best for Fnatic. It was expected of the team to be one of the strongest contenders on the international stage. However, they were stopped in the quarterfinals by champions FunPlus Phoenix, and the dream to bring the trophy home again after so many years was extinguished for yet another season.