Fnatic VCT 2023 Roster Review – Fearless and stronger than ever

With Leo and Chronicle, Fnatic has built a superteam going into VCT 2023. The new roster looks good on paper and in scrims thus far.

Leo from Guild Esports and Chronicle from Gambit Esports are the final two pieces to complete Fnatic’s VALORANT team. With this move, the organization now has the best team it has ever had. Leo and Chronicle were two of the most popular players of the transfer window. Their performances in their previous teams put them ahead of the rest of the players.

Fnatic did a great job in such a tough period, as they were able to acquire both stars. When compared to LOUD’s VCT Roster, FNC seems to have come out well ahead in their pick-ups.

Fearless and Stronger Than Ever - Fnatic VCT 2023

Thanks to the skeleton they have built, Fnatic have always been among the strongest teams in EMEA, and has managed to become one of the leading clubs in the scene since the first day of VALORANT. However, things haven’t always worked out for them in international tournaments.

Fnatic’s 2023 Roster is built to win

Riot Games’ changes to the VALORANT competitive arena for 2023 have changed the team dynamics in the regions. With only 30 teams in the 3 most prestigious leagues, many valuable and quality players left their old teams to find a new home. After a more intense transfer period than ever before, rosters that can be described as a mix of stars were formed. One of them belongs to European giant Fnatic.

As part of Riot’s plans for the game in the coming years, many teams like Guild and Gambit, who had big names on their roster, were left out of the big stage. This meant that other teams had much more options to shape their rosters. The yellow-black team seized this great opportunity and added 2 important names to their roster:

  • Jake “Boaster” Howlett
  • Nikita “Derke” Sirmitev
  • Emir Ali “Alfajer” Beder
  • Leo “Leo” Jannesson
  • Timofey “Chronicle” Khromov

With the change, Fnatic has not only upgraded the talent level within the team, but also the experience. Chronicle, in particular, has had an amazing time in a Gambit jersey. He won the VCT 2021 Stage 3 Masters Berlin championship and narrowly missed the VALORANT Champions 2021 trophy. Chronicle’s experience is one of the factors that Fnatic needs to succeed on the global stage. Because in the past, as talented as the team is, they have struggled in high-competition matches.

Fearless and Stronger Than Ever - Fnatic VCT 2023

On top of that, Leo is one of the 5 most talented players in the EMEA region. Although we are used to seeing him in the Initiator role, his contribution and frag contribution to the game is incredibly high. He is a very intelligent player who also manages to perform well on a regular basis. And all this at only 18 years old. Leo will play a big role not only in this season, but also in Fnatic’s future plans.

The rest of the team we know from the past years. Boaster, the in-game leader, is the oldest and most versitile player on the team. He has played a huge role in Fnatic’s success so far and has managed to manage different rosters. Derke is considered one of the best Duelist players in the world. Although he has suffered from underperformance at times, he finished 2022 as Fnatic’s #1 star. The final piece of the roster, Alfajer, proved his talent right after joining the team in the VCT 2022 season. After consecutive good games in the EMEA league, he lived up to expectations at Stage 2 Masters and VALORANT Champions 2022.

Fnatic comes into the new season stronger than ever. And they are doing so with a very young and promising roster. Being a new team will have its challenges, but the players have shown in the past that they have the mental strength and intelligence to overcome them. If all goes well, they could win their first international title in 2023.

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