Posted 2015-12-02 Shouren
As the League of Legends off-season progresses, we've taken stock of what's been an amazingly successful year for Fnatic. For some, it’s been a time of reflection on many years of Fnatic achievements. After five years of playing in Europe, and many triumphant years at the heart of our League of Legends team, Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim has decided he needs a change of scenery in order to start a new adventure. As a result, we’ve some further news to share regarding our League of Legends team.
YellOwStaR’s spent five years playing in the European League of Legends scene and the majority of his career flying our flag. He’s now chosen to experience a new environment and culture outside of the EU LCS in Berlin and his homeland of France, where he’s lived and gamed for many years, even before his League career.
As the in-game corner stone of the 2015 team, and Fnatic brand ambassador at large, we were looking at the prospect to have YellOwStaR within our organisation for many more years. As our discussions took place, it became apparent that desires for different experiences and new challenges were very high on his list of priorities. We've worked together with YellOwStaR long enough to know that he values challenging himself and experiencing new things above all else, and we understand and respect his decision to expand his horizons.
YellOwStaR will make an announcement on his future plans in the coming weeks. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank him for all his hard work, commitment, success and comedy penta kill denials he’s brought to Fnatic and you, our fans.
As YellOwStaR departs, we want to give you a quick update on how our plans for 2016 are progressing.
At the moment we’re busy holding tryouts, and are looking forward to announcing our new lineup in the next few weeks. Secondly, as part of our commitment to our team, we’re currently recruiting for two analyst positions as we continue to build an infrastructure that will support our new line-up for more success - you can read more about that here.
Thirdly, we’re investing in further extending our organisation to ensure that we’re a competitive force in League of Legends for many more years to come. For our fans, we appreciate your support and want you to know that you won’t have to wait much longer until we can share further announcements with you.
We’ve built World Championship teams before - and with a world-class core of Rekkles, Febiven and Delior as coach to build around, we’ll be working hard to do the same again. Roll on the new season!
If we had to describe YellOwStaR in three words, they’d be leadership, dedication and resilience. It’s been 3 years since Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim first started wearing Black and Orange. When he first joined in 2013, he was already known for his ADC exploits, including epic Ashe arrows, and he already had a few major tournaments under his belt, but we could see he was thirsty for more. Putting in a lot of individual training time with his trademark focus and dedication, Bora made a successful transition to Support from ADC in the 2013 Summer Split. It paid off when he helped bring Fnatic all the way to 3rd/4th place in the Season 3 World Championship alongside sOAZ and Puszu with Bora's patented Leona supporting and shotcalling.
With time, YellOwStaR grew not only into the best Support in Europe, but also into a captain and leader – his composure during games enabled him to build a tight bond between his teammates. Bora’s leadership and determination were put in the spotlight this year when four new players joined the 2015 Fnatic roster. Even though it seemed like a Herculean task to start from scratch, Bora’s leadership came together with our organisational support and management to forge a winning team that achieved a perfect Summer Split, as well as a run to the semi-finals of the Season 5 World Championship.
Bora’s leadership skills and in-game coordination, combined with his persistent hard work, game sense and understanding, have always helped his teammates grow and achieve their potential. We think that’s what a true leader does - motivate his teammates, and push them to their limits! He’s also shown immense ability to adapt, and help others adapt with him. With admirable self-criticism and evaluation, he’s always been able to recognise his own areas for improvement, and backs that awareness up with the work ethic to push himself further.
Sometimes, leaders have to make serious decisions. Ninja'ing a penta kill at Worlds is definitely one of those moments you can't let your team have it their own way all the time ;) You'll see what we mean in the video below.
Thank you for all your efforts Bora! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors as you explore a new land.
YellOwStaR's Roll of Honour:
-Season 3 World Championship (Semifinalists with Fnatic vs Royal Club – 1:3)
-LCS Europe Season 3 Summer Playoffs (1st place with Fnatic vs Lemondogs – 3:1)
-LCS Europe Season 3 Spring Playoffs (1st place with Fnatic vs Gambit Gaming – 3:2)
-IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Katowice (Semifinalists with Fnatic vs Azubu Blade – 2:1)
-2014 EU LCS Summer Playoffs (2nd place with Fnatic vs Alliance – 1:3)
-All-Star Paris 2014 (Semifinalists with Fnatic vs SKT1 – 0:2)
-2014 EU LCS Spring Playoffs (1st place with Fnatic vs SK Gaming – 3:1)
-IEM Season VIII - World Championship (2nd place with Fnatic vs KT Rolster Bullets – 0:3)
-2015 Season World Championship (Semifinalists with Fnatic vs KOO Tigers – 0:3)
-2015 EU LCS Summer Playoffs (1st place with Fnatic vs Origen – 3:2)
-2015 Mid-Season Invitational (Semifinalists with Fnatic vs SKT1 – 2:3)
-2015 EU LCS Spring Playoffs (1st place with Fnatic vs Unicorns of Love – 3:2)
Patrik “cArn” Sättermon - Chief Gaming Officer, Fnatic:
On behalf of everyone in Fnatic, I would like to begin by thanking and congratulating Bora for his phenomenal performance and achievements over these past three years. Bora joined our ranks in 2013 and he soon established himself in a role as the team’s glue and leader, known and appreciated for his consistency and ability to adapt.
When we understood that Yellowstar had sincere interest in pursuing a new journey and chapter of his already successful career, we did everything in our power to provide him with an offer and path within our organisation that would make him reconsider. However, we soon realized what we probably already knew: that someone as determined and curious like Bora thrives from trying new things - the very same traits that made him to the player and person he is today.
Although our team’s foundation is shaken from the recent player changes, we have full faith in our team management’s ability to rebuild solid team structures, and we will communicate our 2016 line-up as soon as our internal tryouts are over.
Finally, I would once again like to thank Yellowstar for his awesome and loyal service the past years and best of luck with your future endeavours!
Patrik “cArn” Sättermon
Martin "Rekkles" Larsson - Fnatic ADC
After playing together for about 1-2 years, it's saddening to see Bora seek his future elsewhere. The time together has been both inspirational & instructive and it has helped me become the person & player I am today. Therefore, Bora has in many ways always been some sort of "safe card" for not only me, but everyone involved. However, what he has done for the team & organisation shall continue regardless of his presence. I wish him all the best moving forward and once again I'm grateful for all the things he's done. A tough road lies ahead, but I'm excited to see what the future has to offer and together we shall see it become a cheerful one!
Bora "Yellowstar" Kim -
Starting today, I will no longer be part of Fnatic.
My Esports journey as a real professional player all started in 2013. It was a tough choice, a huge turn in my life to finally decide to quit university to take a lifetime opportunity to experience this amazing path and get to work with awesome people. In the first place, I want to thank the 2013 League of Legends' roster for choosing me over other players. I was joining the biggest European team and with such players, it is hard to show that you are the missing piece of the puzzle, to gain the trust from your teammates, staff and the fans. It was with a lot of pressure that I accepted to face this challenge.
Three years passed by, and i can tell you that we tried our very best every day, every minute of the time we had in front of us to train and play. I’m incredibly proud of this 5 EU LCS titles we grabbed out of 6 possible, without missing these both Top 3/4 at Worlds 2013 & 2015 !
To speak out the truth, I had a bit of a shaky year earlier this season. Being left alone in the team was not an easy task to handle, either for me of the Fnatic management, and i had a lot of thoughts about whether retiring or not. I almost gave up, i have to admit. Imagine yourself in front of the Everest mountains that you have to climb in a very short period of time, with a huge storm approaching, and you get an image of what was ahead of us. The fact is that in my inner self, i couldn’t accept to jump out from a tough situation. Fnatic gave me so much, you guys gave me so much with your support, that I had to get this team back on track.
Being grateful and loyal is a part of me, and that was the least I could do.
Here we are today: Huni & ReignOver left the team, leaving me again in a difficult position : either building a new team or considering other options. It’s never a good thing to hear, but after careful overall reflection, I had the opportunity to join a team being at my best level inNorth America and get the chance to experience a new lifestyle and environment.
After a careful overall reflection, i took the decision to join the North American LCS for the 2016 season.
Finally, I honestly want to thank everyone that I met and got to work with, from teammates to people involved in the Fnatic organization and all the fans that supported me throughout the years.
I hope that you will understand my decision and will continue to support me in my career!
Bora “YellowStar” Kim