Fnatic Eliminated from LEC Winter Split Despite High Expectations with Rekkles Acquisition
Fnatic was eliminated from both the LEC Winter group stage and the playoffs since the team finished with a record of 2-7 during the regular season’s first three weeks. Following the acquisition of Rekkles, a legendary European figure, the club had high hopes for the 2023 season.
Fnatic entered the 2023 League of Legends European Championship season with high expectations after their performance in the previous season, which included qualifying for the League of Legends World Championships and finishing third in both the summer and spring LEC rankings.
The team also brought Rekkles, a well-liked bot lane player who was a mainstay in the French national league throughout the 2022 campaign. Before spending a year with the rival team G2 in 2021, Rekkles was a member of Fnatic and took part in 13 splits for the organization.
Because Fnatic did not move on to the next level of the Winter Split after the group stage, the reunion has regrettably not been a happy one so far.
Fnatic won’t participate in the remaining LEC Winter Split.
As a consequence of the team’s failure to meet the requirements for participation in the LEC Winter group stage, Fnatic will only participate in another League of Legends match at the beginning of the Spring Season in March. During the course of the regular season’s first three weeks, the team finished with a record of 2-7, winning just twice—once against Excel Esports and once against KOI.
Excel, a team with similarly aspirational objectives and a star-studded lineup entering into the Winter Split, could have been more successful in advancing to the postseason.
After they had been defeated, Fnatic issued a statement in which they stated that the “outcome is not acceptable” and that it “is not a representation of the type of performance our supporters deserve to see from us in the LEC.” The group stated that additional information regarding the team would be revealed later.
For 2023, the LEC modified its structure to include three stages in the winter, spring, and summer seasons. In the first stage, eight clubs will compete in two groups during a compressed regular season with a single round-robin of best-of-one games. A best-of-three series with a double-elimination bracket is used in the group stage.
A second double-elimination playoff bracket will be used to determine the season’s champion between the top four teams from that stage.
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