There’s no question that losing Rasmus "Caps" Winther to G2 Esports was a blow for Fnatic, but the organisation is moving forward, full steam ahead, and have recruited Mad Lions E.C.’s star mid laner, Tim "Nemesis" Lipovšek, to fill that void. With an impressive resume with back-to-back LVP SuperLiga wins, as well a neatly won Iberian Cup that acted as the perfect sign-off for the 19-year old, the future’s bright for the new Fnatic signing – but he doesn’t seem at all phased about the pressure mounting on his shoulders.
In fact, he’s taking it all in his stride – and he’s looking forward to the brand new season kicking off. With the off-season drawing to a close, we got the chance to catch up with Nemesis to find out just who he thinks will be his toughest lane matchup, and who he’s most looking forward to facing out on the Rift.
Hey Nemesis, what are you up to right now?
Nemesis: Currently I'm home in Slovenia, mostly playing solo queue and trying to see what champions are good and how to play properly – since the preseason patch is already live, and there have been some changes to the game.
How does it feel joining one of the most successful teams in the League? Do you think you have what it takes to keep up with the rest of the squad?
It feels great to start off in an organisation that has a history of success, especially because the current roster has achieved a lot already. My new teammates are some of the best European players in their respective roles – but I'm not too worried, I think I'll be able to keep up with them just fine.
Your time with MAD Lions E.C. was successful, with an EU Masters trophy and two LVP SuperLiga titles in 2018; what are you hoping to bring to LEC from your experience in Spain?
I've already played on a pretty big stage several times, and I think I've gotten used to playing in front of a crowd – that should make my transition to LEC easier. I think overall, Spain was the best experience I could've gotten in terms of competition outside of LEC.
“It doesn't really matter to me if it's my debut season, my goal will always be to win.”
How does the Spanish scene stack up to the rest of wider Europe? Do you think your experience will add a different flavour to the squad?
LVP [La Liga de Videojuegos Profesional] is the hardest out of any national league and with MAD Lions E.C., we occasionally scrimmed LCS teams, so I know how strong other players are.
You wrapped up your time with MAD Lions by helping the team take home the Iberian Cup; will you be aiming for trophy glory in your debut season?
It doesn't really matter to me if it's my debut season, my goal will always be to win. I think us winning is a very realistic and achievable goal.
What would you say your playstyle is like? What is it you bring to teams?
I have always played different champions and different roles, so I can adapt well to changes and play both carry and supportive styles. Being able to adapt in the mid lane is especially important, as the game often revolves around mid/jungle in the early game, and it really sets your team behind if you can't play what is strong at the time.
"Besides Fnatic, I think G2 will be the strongest team. I see them as our greatest competitor this season."
Fnatic is known for developing incredible European mid laners; do you think this adds some extra pressure on your shoulders?
It sure does, the previous mid laners were all quite good during their time in Fnatic and everyone expects me to continue that trend.
Which LEC squad do you think is going to be the most challenging to face? Which roster do you think is the most stacked?
Besides Fnatic, I think G2 will be the strongest team. All their players are really good individually and I see them as our greatest competitors this season.
Who do you think will prove to be your toughest lane matchup?
Caps. He's easily the best mid laner I will be facing in LEC. Other mid laners are also quite good, but they are much weaker than Caps.
What are you looking forward to the most in the new LEC season?
I'm looking forward to playing against my friend Mikyx, because we have a friendly rivalry.