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Fnatic sign European Valorant team SUMN FC
The esports giants have announced their entry into the growing scene of pro Valorant.
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Fnatic have signed the European roster of SUMN FC, a team that has already established themselves in the pro scene. They first formed in August 2020 and have been a dominant force in some of Valorant’s lower-tiered tournaments.
The team gained some recognition when they advanced to the finals of the Valorant Contenders Cup to meet FunPlus Phoenix, one of the best teams in the world. Unfortunately, they were defeated 2-0 but SUMN FC had successfully put their name on the map.
The five man roster for SUMN FC will now be representing Europe’s most historical esports organization in their traditional black and orange colours, and the lineup includes:
- Jake “Boaster” Howlett
- Domagoj “Doma” Fancev
- James “Mistic” Orfila
- Muhammad “Moe40” Hariff
- Kostas “tsack” Theodoropoulos
SUMN FC have five Grand Final appearances and one tournament win so far in VALORANT’s budding professional scene, and were Europe’s most sought-after free agent roster before joining Fnatic.
Fnatic have long held an interest in Riot Games’ VALORANT as an esports prospect, holding Europe’s first competitive professional tournament in May 2020, Fnatic Proving Grounds, in which new Fnatic players Boaster and tsack competed under the team name “BoasterSquad”.
Chief Gaming Officer Patrik “cArn” Sättermon said: “We’re so excited to finally join VALORANT. It’s been the number one thing fans have been asking for since the game launched, and we’ve taken our time to identify a roster that fits our vision of competing for the top titles in every game we enter.
“With our record of success in FPS games such as Counter-Strike, we’re looking forward to writing this new chapter in Fnatic’s history, and building our legacy in a new title.”
Valorant Team Director Colin Johnson said: “This group of players have more than proven their talent in recent months, holding their own against the European elite in every tournament they compete in, without the support of a salary or organisation. With the help of Fnatic and our High Performance Unit, we want to push them to reach that next level and win every tournament they compete in.
The team will compete for the first time in the Valorant Champions Tour Challengers, which starts on Thursday 4th February 2021.