German bot laner Louis “Bean” Schmitz has received an unexpected call-up to the League of Legends World Championships. The Fnatic Rising pro will stand-in for Elias “Upset” Lipp, with the German teenager having been forced to return home following a family emergency. There has been no official word on what the issue with Upset is.
The change came just a matter of hours ahead of Fnatic’s first match of the tournament against Korean team Hanwha Life Esports, which ultimately went in favor of their opponents. Speaking on the promotion of Bean, Fnatic wrote: “Bean has been preparing with our team the last few weeks in Reykjavik (Iceland, where Worlds 2021 is taking place), and will make his debut as a starter in our Worlds opener vs HLE.”
Why Fnatic selected Bean for the Worlds
While Bean has made a name for himself as a solid ADC and has recorded some impressive numbers for the organization’s academy team, Fnatic Rising, his step up to the main roster came as a surprise to many. The German has reached two NLC Finals and an EU Masters Final since joining the org back in December last year. The move came about following the departures of Rekkles to G2 and “xMatty” to Karmine Corp in France.
Bean will be used as an emergency substitute during the Worlds, similar to how “PK” stepped in for BYG mid-laner “Maoan” last week, following his suspension for leaking information to bettors. Fnatic is currently representing Europe in their 9th World Championships, something the org is very proud of. The remainder of their roster is made up by Adam “Adam” Maanane, Gabriel “Bwipo” Rau, Yasin “Nisqy” Dincer and Zdravets “Hylissang” Galabov.
This is fucking heartbreaking MAN……. GET WELL SOON KING ELIAS 🖤🧡🖤🧡!!!! COME ON BEAN I BELIEVE IN YOU!!!!! #ALWAYSFNATIC YOU WILL FUCKING SMURF
— NB 水 🇪🇺 FOR UPSET (@FncNb17) October 10, 2021
Can Fnatic make their mark at the 2021 Worlds?
Meanwhile, we now know that the Fnatic Rising will compete in the Spanish Superliga next, with Astralis’ new academy lineup having joined the Northern League of Legends Championship (NLC). For now, Fnatic’s main roster will take on both PSG Talon and Royal Never Give Up as they look to make an impression at the 2021 Worlds.
The org reached the quarter finals last year, before being eliminated by Top Esports, following a 3-2 defeat. Fnatic won the inaugural Worlds back in 2011, however further success has passed them by to date. However, they do go into the event in good form, having reached the LEC Summer 2021 Final in August, where they eventually came unstuck against MAD Lions.