It looks like a poor 2021 is about to get a lot worse for Fnatic if rumors are to be believed.
If failing to make MSI, dropping out of Playoffs early, and performing badly in the Spring Split wasn’t all bad enough, it looks like Fnatic might be struggling to hold down their star players.
If rumors are true via Espormaníacos, Fnatic could be heading into a 2022 season with top laner Babriél “Bwipo ” Rau and jungler Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek. With just six months left on their current deals, it looks like Fnatic is in a sticky situation. We don’t know if either player is looking to move on. Or if they simply want more incentive to stick around. At the end of the day, Bwipo and Selfmade are strong prospects in the region. Selfmade especially is probably the brightest star on the current Fnatic roster.
2021 saw Fnatic add mid laner Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer and ADC Elias “Upset” Lipp. Support Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov signed an extension until the end of 2021, if he also fails to re-sign then Fnatic could see or need a huge overhaul.
An uncertain future for Fnatic
It’s clear that Fnatic has not had a very good time of things in 2021. The aforementioned failings in Spring have seen the team drop out of the “top tier” list in Europe. That’s not helped by the fact that the Grand Final saw two new sides compete in Rogue and MAD Lions.
Truthfully, Bwipo and Selfmade are replaceable. If both have made it clear they won’t re-sign then Fnatic at least has six months to try and do something about it. Alternatively, Fnatic could look to offload the pair early and rebuild now. Who they’d build around is maybe the issue for fans, with no one player (outside of Selfmade) really standing out. Such a rebuild of an iconic organization is always hard. The real question is, would Fnatic be willing to sacrifice short-term success if it meant a long-term return to form?