Farewell Huni and Reignover - GL,HF!
Posted 2015-11-23 Shouren
Now that the rollercoaster ride of the League of Legends World Championship is over, our team has been taking some time to recover and spend some time with their families. As the team have returned from their break, we’ve some news to share regarding our League of Legends lineup.
After a breakthrough year for both players as part of our team that achieved an undefeated Summer Split and a strong run to the Worlds Semi-finals, they’ve naturally been the subject of intense interest and offers from other parties.
It’s important to note that Fnatic has until now grown through organic means (we’ve not taken investment), we’ve done this through calculated purchases and salary increases, to enable us to stay afloat for 11 years.
Whilst we made offers for Huni and Reignover to remain with Fnatic in 2016, and even upped our offers after negotiation, the final amount needed to secure them would have been an order of magnitude higher than what we were prepared to pay, to keep them in orange and black.
Huni and Reignover will make announcements on their future plans in the coming weeks.
Read below for more details.
Over the 5 seasons of LCS so far, Fnatic have been both the first winners of Worlds and the only team ever to advance to 3 Worlds semi-finals. Our LoL team's lineups have changed before, but our ambitions and goals never have, and never will - to bring home another Worlds title.
Last December, we promised you that we’d do everything possible to bring the European Crown for League of Legends back to Fnatic. When we announced our lineup in January, we predicted that Reignover and Huni would surprise a lot of people with the management and support of Fnatic. We’re proud to say that both players and our entire team have done just that.
We feel that we’ve gone one step further than that by conquering Europe. At the beginning of 2015, our League of Legends team was an untested squad, anchored with strong leadership and support and packed with great potential. We close the year as one of the top four League teams in the world, and will make 2016 the year where we build our League of Legends legacy even further.
Fnatic will be announcing our new lineup in the next few weeks. With our organisation, knowledge of the game, support staff and experience, we’re looking forward to our team and players winning even more in 2016.
Check out some of Huni and Reignover’s highlights below, along with statements from cArn, Yellowstar, Reignover and Huni.
Since joining as one of four new players to form our 2015 roster, Huni’s star has risen quickly. Despite the initial language barrier, as part of Fnatic, Huni has grown to become one of the most loved and feared professional players in League of Legends. His confidence and hard working attitude have been a great part of our squad, and it was only fitting to see him rewarded with The Rookie of the Spring Split award. In only a couple of months, Huni was able to adapt to life in Europe and develop his communication with the team, working together with our boys to achieve the perfect season along with some phenomenal individual performance at Worlds. His regular appearances on Mic Check, HoloMania and his many highlight plays on Rumble, Hecarim and Ryze will never be forgotten.
When Reignover joined Fnatic we were incredibly confident in his potential, even though there was some doubt following him from his past in Korea. Since his first game in the Spring Split, it was clear that he was no longer the same Reignover. He was able to flourish with his new teammates and with the support of Fnatic’s coaching staff, developed a chemistry with Febiven and Huni that would see the trio dominate game after game in the Spring and Summer Split. Behind the scenes he was working extremely hard each and every week to improve his game, and by the time the 2015 World Championship arrived, Reignover took his place as one of the best Junglers in the world.
Check out some of Huni and Reignover’s highlights below. We'll also have a video coming soon, so stay tuned to this page and FnaticTV on YouTube for it to go live later.
Patrik “cArn” Sättermon - Chief Gaming Officer, Fnatic:
Today we are bidding farewell to Huni and Reignover who are departing from Fnatic in exchange of career opportunities in another region.
Seung-Hoon and Yeujin joined our organisation when we rebuilt our team in 2014, and although we set out with the highest possible goal going into this year’s LCS we soon found ourselves baffled with the immediate and consistent success the new generation of Fnatic League of Legends accomplished. Not only did our boys succeed locally with back-to-back titles in the European LCS, we also have been one of few Western teams that were able to have impact internationally, with impressive placements at the Mid-Season Invitation and most recently in the World Finals.
It’s obviously a great challenge to replace talented players and amazing personalities like Huni and ReignOver, but at the same time it’s a challenge that we must be able to face as a world-class team. In the Summer Split we saw Rekkles return home to Fnatic, and thanks to the investment and progress we made in elevating our team’s infrastructure and supporting staff in 2015, we are both prepared for and excited about the winds of changes that are surrounding us now.
I would like to use this moment to sincerely thank Seung-Hoon and Yeujin for their dedication, friendship and awesomeness. We will surely miss you being around but at the same time we are wishing you the best of luck in your future careers, and we hope to soon meet you on the other side of the Rift!
Finally, I would love to sincerely thank all the fans that made 2015 what it was. We are nothing but grateful for the support you’ve shown us throughout the year and we felt really honoured to represent you at the World Finals.
Patrik “cArn” Sättermon
Bora “Yellowstar” Kim - Fnatic LoL Captain
Working with Huni & ReignOver over this year has been a great experience! Starting off the season with a challenge by building a completely new roster to overcome the European scene in the first place and competing at the highest level has been quite successful considering the circumstances.
Helping them grow up as individuals, whether in game and outside of it was definitely a blast - hence it is with sadness that I see them leaving the family to pursue their career.
I want to thank them for this incredible year once again, and wish them the best and hope they meet happiness and success!
Yeu Jin "Reignover" Kim
Hello, I’m Reignover. I am extremely sorry, but I have decided to play outside of Fnatic and now I’m trying to start a new challenge in another region of the LCS.
As I look back on the year with Fnatic, the biggest feeling that I have is thankfulness. First of all, I’m sincerely thankful for all fans who support me and cheer for me. I will never be able to forget the passionate Fnatic fans.
I also feel big thanks for Fnatic the organization, trusting me just by seeing my willingness and giving me a chance to play on this stage.
By playing in Fnatic, I’ve learned so much inside and outside of game. The people that I've met from Fnatic were all full of passion and positive emotion, that it affected me so much even as a person. I think I was extremely lucky that I got to play at Fnatic. If I was not at Fnatic, I think I would not have improved so fast and would not have gone this far so fast.
Being able to play in front of big crowds such as LCS, MSI, and the Worlds stage were for sure some of the best moments I had in my life. Being in competition with the best players and the best teams were my dreams. Again, I'm so thankful to Fnatic for giving me the opportunity.
As I joined Fnatic, many people didn't like me and I got a lot of criticism. I really wanted to prove myself, and I thought that it was my last chance and best chance to do this, so I really tried hard and tried my best to improve.
As time passed, I had many successes, I got many positive results from the hard work.
I didn't realise at that time, but on the other hand, I think I was started to get tired. When I actually realised that I was getting burned out, it was already a serious problem for me. I was way too focused on League for a long time, later, I was feeling depressed, and ended up losing the desire to play as much as before.
After I told the team about my problem, they tried to help me in many ways for a long time, but it could not solve my issue optimally. I think I was feeling extreme stress myself during those days, because of the reason that I was not enjoying myself anymore. I assume that it was because Fnatic, as a team, didn't feel a real threat during the whole split and the meta was pretty much paused for a long time.
As we competed at Worlds, starting from bootcamp, doing the group stage, quarters and semis, I learnt so many things and by experiencing high competition, I was able to get rid of my depression. After this experience, I realised that having challenges or putting myself in a new environment would help me a lot to have higher desire, emotion, and mindset as a player.
Finally I decided to play outside of Fnatic. It was not in my plan even a few weeks ago, but as I thought about it after Worlds, and having been offered a good opportunity elsewhere, I think it is the right decision for me. I really love playing at Fnatic, love my teammates, and fans, but I hope they understand me. Thank you.
Seung-Hoon "Huni" Heo -
I would like to say thanks for all the support in 2015. It was great for me, even as a first time pro-player you guys were really, really nice :) I hope you guys still support me even though I will go to another region as I want to try a new experience as a player. About my relationship with Fnatic, I would just like to say that I still have really good relationships with everyone. Again, thank you guys and see you...soon I will bring good news!