Following the sad news from Blizzard last week that the Heroes Global Circuit has come to an end in 2018, we say a most earnest farewell to a legendary chapter in Fnatic history.
To each and every person we met on this journey - from players to fans to staff in production and development - we say goodbye. Thank you all so much for being exactly who you are.
We laughed (a lot), we cried, we celebrated and, most of all, we were Always Fnatic.
From the very dawn of Heroes of the Storm’s esports scene at BlizzCon 2014, we have been diligent in our involvement in what grew to be a fiercely dedicated community.
It wasn’t until DreamHack Winter 2015, though, that we became the force we hope the Black and Orange will be remembered as by you. The aptly named Pirate in Pyjamas Swedish duo of Dob 'QuackNiix' Engström and Filip 'SmX' Liljeström joined forces with the long-serving Swede Pontus 'Breez' Sjögren - alongside the legendary Thomas 'Ménè' Cailleux and Daniel 'Shad' González, the former of whom saw his return in our last iteration of the team.
After that first big win, 2016 became a year of gradual growth for the Swedish trio, who were joined by Simon 'scHwimpi' Svensson and the returning Jonathan 'Wubby' Gunnarsson. It was this five that redefined the natural order of regional dominance. The Blizzcon 2016 semifinal against MVP Black, the indomitable Koreans, tipped a balance overnight. Europe, led by these five Swedes, suddenly had the belief to be the very best.
Getting to that grand final, though, was not what will make that team legendary. Winning Mid-Season Brawl 2017, when we clashed with fellow Europeans Team Dignitas in the first-and-only full European HGC Final, will undoubtedly go down as one of Fnatic’s greatest achievements.
That win - with its hometown glory, its hours of tense back-and-forth, its shift to regional dominance - was incredible. But it was what was promised afterwards that we’ll truly remember. The Quackstreet Boys: