Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi will be playing his last matches in a Fnatic shirt this week. The rookie AD Carry is set to make way for the return of Fnatic legend Martin “Rekkles” Larrson after the Mid Season Invitational, which begins May 7 in Tallahassee, Fla.
Medjaldi still has a chance to secure a spot in the Summer Split, however: Gambit Gaming is offering him a trial when he returns to Europe.
Gambit have plans to trial new players in the bottom lane, with Mohammed Karim “Jebus” Tohki and Edward “Edward” Abgaryan originally looking like the most likely partnership. Medjaldi’s impending free agency, however, has thrown a spanner in the works.
Medjaldi joined Fnatic as part of its revamped lineup on Jan. 8 after an offseason in which several of the team’s most iconic players, including Larsson and Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño, left the squad. After finishing second to SK Gaming in the regular season, Fnatic took the European League Championship Series title in the playoffs after a victory over Unicorns of Love in the grand final.
Medjaldi was the target of criticism throughout most of the Spring Split. The player did significantly less damage in relation to the rest of his team than many other AD Carries in the LCS, but kept a high KDA and GPM average. Other LCS teams were forced to pay attention when he helped win a regional championship in his rookie season, however, and Gambit seem to think he could be a fit at their AD Carry position. Medjaldi and Abgaryan recently duo-queued together to test compatibility, and that went well enough that the team is waiting for Medjaldi to return from North America to give him a proper trial.
Gambit Gaming declined to comment on the article.
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