Fnatic has announced their foray into the competitive Valorant scene and has picked up European team SUMN FC.
Formed in Aug. 2020, the team has dominated a slew of lower-tiered tournaments in the Valorant scene. However, SUMN FC garnered huge popularity after advancing to the Valorant Contenders Cup finals over FunPlus Phoenix.
Picking up this squad aligns with Fnatic’s announcement back in Aug. that they aren’t planning to field a Valorant team until 2021. Moreover, they revealed that they are not the only top European organization that doesn’t have a roster in the game.
Fnatic Signs A 5-Man Roster
Some organizations formed their competitive Valorant rosters by bringing in players from different games and backgrounds, producing mixed results. However, Valorant First Strike proved to be an ideal platform for an amateur team like SUMN FC to display their skills and coordination.
SUMN FC defeated Purple Cobras 2-0 and went on to face FunPlus Phoenix in the Semifinals and won 2-1. Despite being the only team without an organization to grab a spot in the final four, they fell short to Team Heretics.
Let’s go 💥
— FNATIC (@FNATIC) February 3, 2021
SUMN FC has been playing with their current roster since Oct., which includes coach Jacob “mini” Harris, Kostas “tsack” Theodoropoulos, Muhammad “Moe40” Hariff, James “Mistic” Orfila, Domagoj “Doma” Fancev, and Jake “Boaster” Howlett. Considering that Fnatic has signed the whole roster along with their head coach, the team is likely to have an effortless transition from amateur to pro play.