Fnatic Adam and Upset Discuss Worlds 2021 Situation

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At the 2021 World Championship, Fnatic bot laner Upset left a day before the start of groups. Now, former top laner Adam spills the tea on the situation.
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The 2021 off-season can be described in one word. Drama. The LCK has gone up in flames with orgs calling each other out, players making statements regarding their off-season, and it seems this has trickled into the LEC as well.

Adam "Adam" Maanane, Fnatic’s top laner spoke out on Twitter regarding the implosion of the 2021 World Championship squad and their bot laner Upset. The team's ADC fired back with his own statement, so who do we believe?

Adam’s Statement.

In the statement from Adam, the young top laner explained that he will not be playing for Fnatic in the upcoming season. He stated that until this day, he still doesn’t know why exactly Upset left the team literally 12 hours before their first match at the 2021 World Championship.

In his Twitlonger, the young top laner explained that he felt it was unjustified of Upset to leave, forcing the team to play with their backup ADC Bean with whom they’d only played 2 scrim games, each lasting 10 minutes.

Adam wrote that “there is absolutely nothing legal in Upset's departure and his departure is totally unjustified”. He added that the departure of Upset had quite the impact on the team morale and “not everyone was really mentally prepared to handle this situation and deal with it”.

The situation didn’t end at Worlds. The off-season hasn’t gone smoothly for Adam either. He explained that Upset had been talking to Alphari to try and get the veteran top laner onto the Fnatic lineup, thus pushing Adam out of a starting position.

This was the final straw for the young top laner and essentially made the decision for him to find a new team ahead of the 2022 LEC season. According to sources from Dotesports, he might be in talks with Team BDS

Upset Answers With Own Statement

After Adam posted his statement regarding the Fnatic situation, Upset added his own statement in a Twitlonger. In his statement, he explained that he values his own privacy and that of his family, which was why he didn’t tell the entire team. According to Upset, only YamatoCannon knew why he left ahead of the group phase.

Me sharing information with people from the team that I can not trust at a deep level who can turn against me and share my personal life with the people that want the worst for me and my family is something i never want to do. I shared the situation with Yamato and I intended to do the same with Hylissang because these were the people I felt I had a genuine trusting relationship with.

He also explained that Fnatic management asked him to speak to Alphari since they were previous teammates and knew one another well, but that it wasn’t his intention to recruit the veteran and that it would be management's final decision whether to pick him up.

This whole situation is quite bizarre, and it makes everyone wonder why Fnatic hasn’t given any of their players some form of media/PR training before writing Twitlongers that just seem to stir the drama pot.