The Fnatic organization is considered to be one of the heavyweights on the esports scene, winning tournaments in every major competitive game over the last decade. The formation of the 2011 League of Legends team resulted in a Season 1 World Championship title. During the next year though, the team was plagued by inconsistency and metagame shifts that ended with the original lineup breaking apart. Only xPeke and Cyanide remained.
Fast forward one year, Fnatic's resurgence at IPL5 marked the beginning of the team's return to relevance. They entered the LCS with momentum on their side and, despite the departure of their support, nRated. Fnatic was able to maneuver past their opposition and secure Europe's top seed in the Season 3 World Championships. However, their deep postseason run was ended by Royal Club Huang Zu in a 1-3 series.
With their star AD Carry Rekkles (from the IPL5 squad) finally of age to compete in the LCS, Fnatic looked to the 2014 Spring Split to prove themselves once again. After a split riddled with just as many win streaks as loss streaks, Fnatic’s future was called into question for a time. But not to be counted out, Fnatic ended the split with a flourish, earning an invitation to the 2014 All-Star event.
After a mediocre showing at the 2014 All-Star event, Fnatic hit the ground running for the Summer Split. Though far from perfection, the team's performance was admirable, earning them a second place finish and a bye week in the 2014 EU LCS Summer Playoffs and ultimately a spot on the Worlds stage.