Fnatic took the European League Championship Series title on April 19, with four rookies after an exodus of star players at the end of last season. Now, one of them is coming home.
Martin “Rekkles” Larsson was subject of one of the largest transfers in European League of Legends history when the youngster moved to rivals Elements (then known as Alliance). The season would go a lot better for his former team than his new one, however. After a disappointing seventh-place finish with Elements, a return to his former home should provide a better prospect of championship glory.
Fnatic brought in Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi to attempt to fill the void left by Larsson. Medjaldi entered the season as an almost entirely unknown player, having featured in a few Challenger-level tournaments, and was one of the four LCS rookies recruited in the offseason. Medjaldi has often been regarded as the least valuable member of the team by viewers and analysts, even after Fnatic won the split. The player maintains the team’s second-highest KDA and GPM but was only the third damage threat.
Medjaldi will attend the Mid Season Invitational with Fnatic. That will be his last outing as part of the team, however. The tournament will see the European organizations take on Team SoloMid, EDward Gaming, AHQ esports club, Besiktas esports club, and a yet to be determined team from South Korea. When the team returns to start preparing for the Summer Split, however, it will be Larsson in the starting lineup.
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