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Player Spotlight: Febiven

H2K’s Fabian "Febiven" Diepstraten is one of the most iconic European midlaners, having played on two of the strongest teams in the region. His career began in the European Challenger Series in 2014, and since then he has won two consecutive splits and competed at the 2015 World Championships. Febiven made headlines when he swapped from his longtime team, Fnatic, to H2K for the 2017 season. We sat down with him to find out more about what led him to change teams.

How did you end up on H2K?

I ended up on H2K because at the end of last Split, with Fnatic, it wasn’t really going well. So I was already looking at other opportunities, because my contract was obviously about to run out.  It seemed like the team was split up because we had so many problems, and I was already imagining myself on H2K with the lineup they had.  I already felt like I was an upgrade for them, at least skill-wise as a player, maybe not as a shotcaller or anything like that.  I was really confident I could fill Ryu’s shoes, and then when he happened to go to America and they needed a midlaner it worked out.  I really wanted to play with Odoamne again and with Jankos, because I think they’re both really good in their roles, and Prolly is a really good coach. I was also familiar with the organization because I was on H2K before and that helped us come to a good agreement.


What do you think is the biggest difference between playing on H2K and playing on Fnatic?

There isn’t much of one, but I do believe that fan-wise I get fewer fans on H2K.  For example, I get fewer Twitter followers, I don’t really tweet much anymore but on Fnatic I wouldn’t tweet much either and I would still get followers.  Meanwhile, on H2K, I don’t get more social media people following me, and I think that’s because Fnatic just has so many more fans. Outside of that there isn’t much difference, both organizations treat me very well.

How important do you think the fan aspect of things is?

I think fans and social media is really important, but it’s not my main priority.  I want to win everything.  I could have stayed on Fnatic and had a worse team, but I don’t see any reason why I should because I feel like it will hold me back. I still would have improved, but not with the same results as I have now with the current roster on H2K.  I thought that this lineup would be better.

What is it about Prolly that makes him a good coach?

What Prolly is really good at is understanding the game.  For example, last year on Fnatic we had Deilor as a coach, and he didn’t really know anything about the game. I think that’s the biggest switch for me right now, because when we would lose a game Deilor would criticize my individual play and ask questions.  But with Prolly, he also asks questions but he just wants us to agree on things because he already knows, and he just wants to get discussion with the players.  I feel like he focuses more on the team stuff, like rotations or pick and ban. It’s really helpful that we can just go into our match having practiced our champion pool and he just picks your champion for you, or we can decide together. Going into matches I’m not worried we will get out-drafted because I feel like we’ve been having lots of good drafts.  Prolly was also a midlane player before, so I can play 1v1s against him or he can tell me stuff about midlane - like when to roam and when to move - and that’s super helpful.

You’ve received a lot of criticism for your performance on Fnatic during Summer 2016, how do you feel about that?

My performance wasn’t really good, but I think it all has to do with the team.  Of course I can play champions just for myself - play for having a good KDA and then people will say that I was fine.  Instead, I was trying to work with the team but things didn’t really work out.  Sometimes I would sacrifice myself for the team and it would end up badly.  We weren’t on the same page, and we had different priorities about the game.  People didn’t mesh together and we let our emotions control us instead of just trying really hard.  We basically gave up at the end of the split.

Is there anything that you would do differently if you could do it again?

I’ve just had four months off after we lost in the Playoffs, and I could have done so much more.  As a teammate I could have been more positive instead of negative, and I could have looked at how I can act better and be better as a teammate instead of only blaming others.  I could have tried to be better at everything instead of being stuck in negativity with the whole team, unable to get out of it. We didn’t really talk to each other, either.  Of course I still talked to Rekkles and my manager, but it felt like the team was in two groups.  It was really hard.


Febiven will find out if changing teams was worth it when he faces off against Fnatic on Thursday, March 2nd at 20:00CET on watch.lolesports.com.