19-year-old rookie Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek will join reigning EU LCS champions Fnatic as their new mid laner, the organization announced Wednesday. The signing is pending Riot’s approval and, if given the green light, will become official Dec. 3.
The arrival to such storied organization comes with a lot of pressure and question mark on the rookie. Nemesis comes in to fill for the departure of Rasmus “Caps” Winther, whose transfer to G2 Esports was also confirmed today. Considered one of the best mid laners in the world in 2018, Caps helped Fnatic to a second place at Worlds 2018 and has left quite the gap to fill.
“I see playing in an already such established roster as an incredible privilege, but I’m mindful that I must be quick to adapt and not fall behind this team,” Nemesis said.
The Slovenian hails from his domestic LVP SLO league, where he competed and won both splits playing for MAD Lions. Nemesis’ MAD also had a successful run in Europe Masters Spring, going 5-0 before losing to eventual champions Origen in the semifinals.
“Fnatic famously has a long history of building up legendary European midlaners and we truly believe that we have found yet another great prodigy in Nemesis,” said Fnatic team director Joey “YoungBuck” Steltenpool. And he has a point. From the early days of legendary Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez, through the rise of Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten into LCS champion and Worlds and MSI semifinalist, Fnatic’s mid laners have always been a sight to behold.
Fnatic exit the now old EU LCS era as the most winning team in league’s history. The black-and-orange jerseys hold seven titles, well ahead of G2’s four. The European powerhouse will shoot for an eight domestic title as the new franchised LEC commences in 2019.