Bwipo wins 2018 Esports Awards’ PC Rookie of the Year
Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau, Fnatic’s sixth man, has won the 2018 Esports Awards’ PC Rookie of the Year title. He prevailed over Cloud9’s Eric “Licorice” Ritchie and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Robin “ropz” Kool.
Bwipo was the revelation of the 2018 LCS. Initially signed as an in-house substitute, he became Fnatic’s sixth man and a core member of the team. During the spring split, he replaced top laner Paul “sOAZ” Boyer during the playoffs and the Mid-Season Invitational as the latter broke his hand. In the following season, he filled in for bot laner Martin “Rekkles” Larsson as the latter took a break, securing All-Pro Third Team honors in the process.
The top laner then helped Fnatic reach the 2018 World Championship finals, a first for Europe since 2011. Although Fnatic lost to Invictus Gaming, he gained valuable experience in his rookie year. As such, he heads into the offseason as one of the top prospects in the region.
Bwipo’s distinction at the 2018 Esports Awards has a bittersweet side to it. He was ineligible for nomination in the 2018 EU LCS spring split Rookie of the Split award, as he had played less than three games during the regular season. Following that, he played extensively during the EU LCS spring playoffs and at the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational.
Because of that, he was ineligible to receive an award nomination during the 2018 LCS summer split. Despite that, the European LCS broadcast team and the fans recognized his status as the EU LCS Most Outstanding Rookie in the ‘Fan Favourites’ awards.