Fnatic signs Kikis

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Fnatic have acquired Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek from G2 Esports, the organization announced Tuesday. To make room for Kikis on their starting roster, Fnatic have released Yeong-Jin “Gamsu” Nom. “I am back, again, and this time I am not missing worlds,” Kikis said in a press release. “I am glad to be given this opportunity and I will do everything in my power to make sure we get there. I look forward to working with both the players and the staff of Fnatic.” Kikis joined G2 last July as a jungler, but made the switch to top lane before this year’s spring split. G2 broadcast their intention to trade Kikis this past June in a Facebook post, after tensions over the team’s decision to bring on Ki “Expect” Dae-han as a secondary top-laner mounted and Kikis voluntarily stepped down from the team’s starting roster. “After initially agreeing to a six-man roster for the Summer Split, Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek tried to impose an early ultimatum that essentially forced us to choose between him and Ki “Expect” Dae-han for the top lane position altogether,” G2 said in the press release. “We were not comfortable going against our word and agreement with Expect and the team, to let him live and practice with us in Berlin, by sending him home early. “For that reason alone, we decided to honor our commitment to Expect, and Kikis subsequently decided on his own to step down from the starting roster and put himself as a substitute player for the remainder of his contract — a decision we fully respect.” “It came as a bit of a shock to me that the team decided to bring in a sub and create a 6 man roster right before the roster deadline. I didn’t feel too great about this, as one can expect, and had to make a decision,” Kikis himself explained in a lengthy Facebook post at the time. “After some discussions, I ended up agreeing with it for the better of the team and so looked at it as another challenge to beat.”
Gamsu joined Fnatic at the beginning of 2016, along with Lee “Spirit” Da-yoon and Lewis “NoXiAK” Felix. With the revised roster, Fnatic made it to 3rd place in the LCS Spring Split and reached the IEM Katowice Grand Final where they lost to SKT 3-0. It comes with a heavy heart that we must part ways with Gamsu. However, it has become clear to us that our organisational goals and ideals are not aligned,” Fnatic said in a press release. “At Fnatic, our priority is performing at the highest level whilst simultaneously securing the best possible future for our organisation. Following an evaluation with the whole team, Fnatic and Gamsu have mutually decided to part ways.”   [Source: TheScore]

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