The widest jungler and top laner on the Rift has sailed across the ocean to find a new team.
Another LEC icon has left the region to transfer to the LCS, this time it's Gabriel “Bwipo” Rau switching regions from EU to NA. Fnatic recently announced that their top laner-turned-jungler will be leaving the team. Shortly after the black and orange team’s post, Team Liquid announced that Bwipo will be joining them as a top laner, meaning that the era of jungle Bwipo is over.
Bwipo joined Fnatic back in 2018 as a substitute for Paul “sOAZ” Boyer, then became a bot laner when the meta completely shifted away from ADCs, making legendary marksman Martin “Rekkles” Larsson take some time off. After Rekkles returned, Bwipo stayed on the team as a top laner, becoming the only one by the time the EU LCS rebranded into the LEC. He switched to jungle after Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek left before the Summer Split this year, and stood his ground against the best players in another role too. His unique picks secured a number of wins domestically. He attended four World Championships with Fnatic and won two European titles.
Bwipo and Fnatic had a disappointing Worlds this year after finishing in second place in the LEC Summer Split. Due to Elias “Upset” Lipp not being able to attend, the team only won one match out of six in the Group Stage, which meant that they had to head home. Bwipo will now try his luck overseas in one of the most successful organizations in the LCS.
All eyes on top for @Bwipo.
Welcome to NA. Welcome to TL.💙 pic.twitter.com/EQJFE6Gbt1
— Team Liquid LoL (@TeamLiquidLoL) November 22, 2021
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Team Liquid now has three confirmed players, Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer and Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in got their contracts renewed on November 20 and 21 respectively, and Bwipo will watch over them from the top lane. The mid laner and ADC still remain a question, but rumor has it that Rogue ADC Steven “Hans ama” Liv and returning superstar Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg will round out Liquid’s composition. We will have to wait for the official announcements for the last two players.