Fnatic Most Likely Going With Upset For ADC
According to Esportmaniacos, Fnatic is finalizing a deal with former Schalke 04 and Origen marksman Elias “Upset” Lipp. This, in short, is quite underwhelming news. Then again, it’s not like they had a solid enough candidate to fill in the void left by Martin “Rekkles” Larsson’s absence. Losing your franchise player is a blow you can’t just bounce back from that easily. Still, Upset feels like a bad match stylistically, and it’s a take that is by no means novel.
A Surprising Pick-Up
The fact that Fnatic want to go with Upset is definitely a surprise, especially after hearing Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau slightly trash talk the German marksman during his latest appearance on The Crackdown. Bwipo’s reasoning was that Upset never accomplished much and yet was consistently given a sizable amount of resources without ever producing any kind of impressive result. His “selfish playstyle” can only be justified when it works, and with Upset, it rarely did (if ever). His talent is undeniable, but he’s not all better than Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup, Matyáš “Carzzy” Orság, Steven “Hans Sama” Liv, or Patrik “Patrik” Jírů — if better at all. Upset has been getting an insane amount of hype ever since he joined the LEC with Schalke 04, and yet he rarely performed up to expectations, regardless of the line-up around him.
A couple of flashes of brilliance aren’t enough to warrant such an immense narrative and fans have started realizing the same as time went on. A vast chunk of the community was hoping Juš “Crownshot” Marušič would get the nod, but for one reason or another, that signing simply didn’t materialize. His highs were more noticeable throughout the year, despite the fact that he played for a team without as many veterans, superstars, or resources. Now, granted, Crownshot is by no means a competitive behemoth — and his champion pool could definitely use a bit of work — but his playstyle is much more in line with what Fnatic need.
Furthermore, having two resource-hungry players (the other being Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek) under one roof sounds like a recipe for disaster. Selfmade has at least proven his worth throughout the year with mind-blowing performances (both in the LEC as well as Worlds); Upset has yet to do the same, despite playing on the LEC stage for much longer.
Again, it’s not that he’s a bad player or that he lacks talent or experience, but rather that his entrenched style of play probably won’t be a good match for the boys in black and orange. Then again, top-tier marksmen are somewhat of a scarce commodity (this late into the off-season), and if Crownshot wasn’t an option, then Upset is pretty much the only ADC they could’ve gone for.
In any case, watching this peculiar Fnatic line-up will be an absolute must. It’s not as bad as some fans are claiming, but it’s hard to imagine a world in which they actually compete with G2 Esports on even footing.