Rumor: Karmine Corp Adam to Sign With Fnatic
The 2021 LEC Summer Split is right around the corner which means most teams are hard at work, improving their mechanics, strengthening their synergy, and figuring out the ever-changing meta. And, of course, those who haven’t been able to deliver thus far are also restructuring and reshaping as best they can given the circumstances. This includes Fnatic, the former “Kings of Europe” who have supposedly just signed Adam “Adam” Maanane, standout top laner and current EU Masters Spring champion.
If his name sounds familiar, that’s probably because he took little time in making Europe take notice — his play at this year’s EU Masters has been nothing short of mesmerizing. He ran circles around his opposition and it quickly became obvious that he was more than worthy of playing on the LEC stage. And, naturally, which better team to sign for than this perennial European organization? They haven’t been all that successful lately, but wearing their jersey still matters and is rightfully a point of pride. We know for a fact that they’re better than they’ve shown, so it’s only a matter of time before they mount a comeback and once again challenge for a spot in the Top 3.
Will It Be Enough?
That’s the million-dollar question, and there’s no definitive answer in sight. On the one hand, Adam is a phenomenal pick-up and will surely deliver in every which way. On the other, it’s not like he’s noticeably better than Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau (if better at all). Moreover, it’s not like Fnatic failed to leave a mark because Bwipo under performed — he was definitely not perfect, but he was by no means the biggest problem. In a way, it feels like there’s a bit of scapegoating happening which, unfortunately, is quite a frequent occurrence in competitive LoL.
Swapping out a single player (or two, or three, for that matter) won’t magically solve their problems. Instead, it’s obvious that their biggest, most debilitating issues go beneath the surface. Bringing over a top-tier prospect probably won’t change much if the approach and methodology that are employed by Fnatic’s coaching staff don’t change as well. You can’t have one without the other.
What About Bwipo?
With Adam joining Fnatic, this means that Bwipo will either switch teams, regions, or become a full-time caster/analyst. There is, however, another rumor that, at first glance, seems ludicrous. But upon further thought, it does make a fair bit of sense: Bwipo is supposedly looking to switch roles and become a jungler. Now, we know for a fact that he’s looking to switch things up, but no one thought that a role change was in the cards. Then again, Bwipo has been fairly outspoken about his competitive drive and how he’s willing to go the extra mile to find success. Moreover, we still remember just how good he was back when he was filling in for Martin “Rekkles” Larsson in the ADC role during the 2018 Summer Split. His flexibility and broad champion pool definitely allowed Fnatic to weather the storm during those strange, meta-defying days.
Plus, his aggression and willingness to go in and engage weren’t always utilized all that well in the top lane, especially not whenever the meta shifted towards tanks and champions without a lot of agency. Bwipo might not be the most nuanced player out there, but his talents can definitely be harnessed in other roles as well, so it might be worth the shot.
What this means for Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek is anyone’s guess. If we were to take a wild stab in the dark we’d say he’ll sign for a North American team and “cash in his chips.” Either way, we’re excited to see what Fnatic has been working on and we can’t wait to see them back in action!