UK League Chat (Ep. 38) – Fnatic Rising’s 2020 – ft. NicoThePico

Welcome to UK League Chat, a podcast focused on the UK League of Legends scene. Listen in to get the views of experts from the scene, from Esports journalists to the players themselves, on tournaments such as the NLC, UKLC and EU Masters.

This episode sees Lee joined by Fnatic Rising head coach NicoThePico to talk about his time with the side so far, including how he joined the org, his thoughts on the 2020 roster and how the year went overall.

Also on the agenda was thoughts on EU Masters, including scheduling and seeding difficulties, as well as the struggle faced by Fnatic Rising due to MagiFelix’s involvement in the main roster at Worlds.

TIMESTAMPS:
00:00:00 – Introduction
00:00:40 – Joining Fnatic Rising
00:04:13 – Building the 2020 roster
00:06:13 – Was it surprising that Dan stayed with Fnatic?
00:08:35 – Spring UKLC split & reverse sweep vs BT Excel
00:11:50 – Pride and Bravado’s performance
00:15:27 – Spring EU Masters & the quarter-final finish
00:21:49 – Intial NLC thoughts
00:24:51 – How Fnatic Rising went unbeaten (differently to BTXL in Spring)
00:28:53 – NLC playoffs & scheduling/EUM seeding issues
00:35:03 – Losing MagiFelix for EUM
00:43:20 – Chibs
00:48:52 – Plans for 2021
00:50:37 – Watching former players at Worlds (Caps, Rekkles, Broxah & more)
00:52:54 – Closing

This episode features:
Lee “Couple Sodi Pops” Jones – NineTeeSix Founder / Esports Journalist – @NTS_LeeJones
Nicholas “NicoThePico” Korsgård – Fnatic Rising Head Coach – @NicoThePico

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