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What's Coming Up - January

Paladins World Championship

2018 starts off with a bang as Fnatic Paladins compete at Hi-Rez Expo in Atlanta, Georgia for the inaugural Paladins World Championship! The boys qualified through the Wild Card Cup in December and will now compete for the first ever official global Paladins event.

We started the tournament in the six-team Group B, which will see a double elimination format. Our first game was a hard fought 2-1 win against Brazilian side Spacestation Gaming. If we make it out of the groups, we will go onto a best-of-seven semi final on Saturday, which could end with a grand final on Sunday 7th.

After returning from Atlanta, the team will have a short break from LANs before going to Shanghai for the Tencent Paladins Invitational between 24th-31st January.

EU LCS returns

EU LCS returns for the 2018 season on 19th January. Rekkles and new support Hylissang are back from a Korean bootcamp; all the LoL boys are in Berlin refreshed from their break after their Quarterfinal finish at Worlds.

With the change to a double round robin best-of-one format, we open up with a single map against Splyce. Since finishing fourth in the Summer Split Gauntlet, Splyce have made four changes, including former Fnatic Academy man Nisqy in the midlane. On Day 2 of Gameweek 1, we face the new look H2k.

In Gameweek 2, which starts 26th January, we take on Team Vitality, who made four changes over the winter break. The day after will see the big grudge match against G2. Since not making it out of the Worlds group stages, G2 have seen four changes to their lineup.

HGC Europe Pro League

The Heroes of the Storm Global Circuit is back and we start up against the newly promoted Leftovers on January 21st. Having finishing second at BlizzCon, the boys were joined by the team’s newest members BadBenny and Ménè for a trip to Beijing for the Gold Club World Championship in December.

We begin Gameweek 2 on January 26th with a match against BadBenny’s old teammates with Team expert, who saw the addition of ex-Fnatic, scHwimpi over the break. We then take on Zealots on January 28th.


It’s the first CS:GO major of the year; it’s ELEAGUE Major: Boston. Having kept our Legend Status from PGL Major Kraków 2017, we’ll go straight into the New Legends stage, the 16-team Swiss format of best-of-1s, which will see eight legends compete against eight new qualifiers. The group stage will take place between 19th-22nd January at the ELEAGUE Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

Coming into the new year off of two semifinal finishes at ESL Pro League Season 6 and ECS Season 4, we’ll be aiming for the New Champions Stage at the first major with our two newest players, Lekr0 and Golden. The Playoffs will take place in front of 7,000 people at the Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts.

DreamHack Leipzig

Fnatic Rocket League are confident ahead of their qualifying games on 14th January, which would put the newly promoted RLCS team on the way to DreamHack Leipzig. The tournament is the biggest pre-season event before our boys go into the top division of the Rocket League Championship Series and Gfinity Elite Series later on this year.

ESL One Genting

In the second ESL One event of the Dota Pro Circuit, we’ll be staying in Kuala Lumpur for ESL One Genting. Due to the Dota team's recent good performance, which included our first grand final finish in three years at Summit 8 in December, we’ve been invited to the eight-team Valve Minor, which will take place between 23rd-28th January.

FUT Champions Cup Barcelona

AS Roma Fnatic’s Sam “Poacher” Carmody will be heading to FUT Champions Cup #1 in Barcelona between 26th-28th January. The 128-man tournament is the first LAN in the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series, which will lead to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 in August of this year.

Poacher will be fighting off 63 other Xbox FIFA players to qualify in the top 8 and head to the Global Series Playoffs, the last step on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup, in June. FUT Champions Cup Barcelona is just the start as we'll see our player at different events around the world heading into the Playoffs.

Full January calendar:


Paladins World Championship - 3rd-7th January

Tencent Paladins Invitational - 24th-31st January

League of Legends

EU LCS Gameweek 1 - 19th-20th January

Gameweek 2 - 26th-27th January

Heroes of the Storm

EU HGC Gameweek 1 - 21st January

Gameweek 2 - 26th-28th January

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

ELEAGUE Major: Boston Group - 19th-22nd January

ELEAGUE Major Playoff - 26th-28th January

Rocket League

DreamHack Leipzig qualifier - 14th January

DreamHack Leipzig - 26th-28th January

Dota 2

ESL One Genting - 23rd-28th January


FUT Champions Cup Barcelona - 26th-28th January