‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast
ESPN reported today that NiP bought out the Fnatic Academy European LCS spot and decided not to keep any of the players who won the spot from the Challenger Series. Instead they got Profit, Shook, Nagne, HeaQ, and sprattel.
While I know some of these players, I don’t know League of Legends well enough to know whether or not this is a good move (though it’s clear that NiP won’t be challenging the playoffs any time soon). What I will say is that I do know NiP. This is why the move is confusing. Nothing I know about NiP tells me they are good GMs. Their current fielded rosters in CS:GO and Dota 2 tell me they are bad GMs, Fnatic Academy was already a prebuilt team that was good enough to get out of Challenger. If your great weakness is making a team, why get rid of an already prebuilt team to make another team?
I guess they think the Fnatic Academy team isn’t good enough and this mix will be better, or maybe they were too expensive. Either way, NiP management is really impressing me here.
As a side note, I still don’t know why Riot hasn’t made any kind of protections or requirements for players that win the Challenger spot to keep their spot.