Since entering the Paladins Premier League with WESA and Hi-Rez Studios over a year ago, we have seen Fnatic Paladins take dominance over Europe and consistently reaching new peaks at a global stage.
With a heavy heart, we today say a farewell to not only the game but some incredible friends that we made along the way.
Back in September 2017, we picked up the former District 69 roster in Jordy ‘Gerrah’ Haast, Adrian ‘Bugzy’ Bugajski, David ‘Fisheko’ Kostadinov, Giulio ‘Cybe8’ Bavaresco and Thijs ‘Thiel’ Smit that had already seen huge success in the game before becoming Black and Orange.
Since then, the core of the team - Gerrah, Bugzy, Fisheko and Thiel - became to personify the constant growth that Fnatic strives to provide our incredible fans, and most recently Leander 'isbittenner' Aspestrand Kevin ‘UNBELIVABLE’ Rahu
We placed first in every PPL Europe regular season from Fall 2017 to Summer 2018, from which we would end up in six global grand finals and, of course, in lifting the PPL Spring Finals 2018 trophy.
“When the PPL started in September 2017, ten WESA organisations were looking to pick up the best Paladins teams. This meant the organisations had to research the teams, but the teams also the organisations.
Now, over a year later, I still believe joining Fnatic was the best possible decision. More than just adding their tag to our IGN and wearing their name on our chest, Fnatic was almost like a family. We met basically every employee in person in London, Las Vegas and Germany. This helped us understand exactly how Fnatic works as an esport organisation.
Fnatic supported us in major ways in terms of bootcamping, gear, travelling and any other needs we had. Even now, we get support during their and our departure.
A special thanks to Jan ‘Careion’ Hoffmann for always being around when needed, as our manager but also as our friend. We wish Fnatic all the best in their future endeavours!” - Thijs ‘Thiel’ Smit, Fnatic Paladins player, substitute, coach, gym
Thank you, our friends, and good luck.