Bwipo Reportedly Looking to Return Back to Top Lane, Future With Fnatic Uncertain


by in League of Legends | Oct, 21st 2021

Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau plans on returning to the top lane sooner rather than later, as per Robert Hanes of TheGameHaus. This seasoned veteran will reportedly enter free agency in just a few weeks and look for a new team to call home. 

Where he’ll land next is anyone’s guess at this point. It’s no secret that the Belgian top laner-turned-jungler currently has a strained relationship with Fnatic and that it’d be best for both parties to part ways and start 2022 anew. Bwipo has been competing under the Fnatic banner for years, and there’s only a handful of individuals out there in Europe who can go blow for blow, so him leaving the team would undoubtedly create a pretty big void. 

He might not be the most consistent player, but his cerebral approach to the game and overall leadership qualities are unquestionable. Only a truly great player would be able to switch roles and still dominate and push his team over the finish line — as if no big change had occurred. The amount of time he took to do so also warrants a mention: a single split

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Bwipo will serve as a boon to any team he joins, but his options are rather limited at the moment. If G2 Esports end up signing Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik, that would mean Bwipo wouldn’t have a top-tier team to go to — at least not in the LEC. And whether he’d want to sign with Misfits Gaming, Team BDS, or Team Vitality remains to be seen. It wouldn’t exactly be a great big step for his career, but good things could come of it.

North American teams would surely embrace him wholeheartedly, but moving across the Atlantic to compete in a wholly different league is not a decision that one makes on a whim. Still, it’s a possibility, and it warrants a mention.

With Adam “Adam” Maanane showing so much promise — and Bwipo out of the picture— Fnatic will need to find a jungler post haste. No great free agent comes to mind at this point, but that could very well change in a few weeks. If they could land someone like Iván “Razork” Martín Díaz, that would undoubtedly make for a fairly smooth transition. 

In any case, it’s still too early to make any prediction with confidence, especially seeing how nothing has yet been made official. Still, it’s fun to theorize and think about the many ways in which things could unravel!

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