Caps officially leaves Fnatic, G2 move likely
Rasmus “Caps” Winther has officially left Fnatic during free agency, the team announced on Twitter. The mid laner thus ends his two-year tenure within the organization.
The move marks the end of a successful collaboration between Fnatic and Caps, which started in 2017. Indeed, the mid laner qualified to the World Championship twice in a row. In 2017, as Europe’s third seed, Fnatic mounted a miraculous comeback to reach the World Championship quarterfinals. The following year had them as favorites to win the competition alongside Invictus Gaming, but the Chinese team bested them in the finals 3-0. “If I had not joined Fnatic, I would probably not be here today,” Caps said on the team’s announcement. “For that I will always be grateful.”
In a previous ESPN report, Jacob Wolf noted that G2 had possibly landed Caps, and that Luka “PerkZ” Perkovic would move to the bot lane. The report set the LEC offseason off to a blazing start as the move was beyond unexpected. Follow-up reports included Mihael “mikyx” Mehle’s arrival within the lineup.
Besides, the move puts the futures of Petter “Hjärnan” Freyschuss and Kim “Wadid” Bae-in into question as their whereabouts are currently unknown. The two players have contracts running until 2019, and they may not have prepared for free agency on the wake of G2’s Worlds semifinal exit.
Caps leaves Fnatic amidst rumors of possible poaching from his potential host orgnization, G2 Esports. Sam Mathews, Fnatic’s owner, asserted that much on Twitter in the middle of rumors of the player’s possible landing within G2.
The assumption stems from the recent trend of offseason ‘in-houses.’ LEC players organized matches against in randomized teams against one another leading to the offseason. In such a setting, Caps and PerkZ had found themselves playing mid and bot lane respectively and on the same team. The matter may have led both of them to conclude that the pairing (and the ensuing role switch) had potential beyond in-houses.
A similar situation happened in 2016 when, following tough circumstances within Origen, Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez and Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen moved to G2 Esports. Once again, in-house results brought the three players closer, and G2 Esports went on to dominate Europe until 2018.
Update: Nov. 29 at 18:10 CET — Caps has joined G2, pushing PerkZ to the bot lane. Mikyx is also officially on board.
Where does Fnatic sit in all of this? Besides signing Nemesis, the team seems to have been busy covering Caps’s departure in its own way.