Fnatic adds Rhuckz as emergency replacement for 2022 Worlds

Declan McLaughlin

Published: 2022-09-26T20:57:10

Updated: 2022-09-26T20:57:29

Fnatic has been dealing with player illness ahead of the 2022 League of Legends World Championships. Riot Games has granted the team an additional emergency substitute for the competition announced by the developer on September 26.

In a online declaration, the developer has stated that Fnatic will be granted an additional replacement slot at Worlds 2022 due to the positive test of Fnatic’s bot lane duo. The upcoming player for Team Europe is their European Regional League side support Rúben ‘Rhuckz’ Barbosa.

With the bot lane duo unable to travel at the moment, Rhucks and substitute Mauno ‘beansu’ Tälli may have to hold the line until Fnatic’s main starters return.

The 2022 Worlds are scheduled to begin competition on September 29 with the Play-In phase. Fnatic will kick off their global campaign on day one with two games against Evil Geniuses and Chiefs Esports Club.

Fnatic itself released a statement saying they will be able to provide more updates in the next two days on the status of starting duo Elias “Upset” Lipp and Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov.

“Rhuckz has arrived safely in Mexico and will replace Hylissang if he cannot travel. We will provide more updates in the next 48 hours regarding Upset and Hylissang,” the statement said.

Fnatic and substitutes at Worlds

If Fnatic goes to Worlds 2022 without Upset in the roster, it will be the second year in a row that the team will have to field a replacement for the German player. At Worlds 2021, Fnatic had to field their replacement bot laner Louis ‘BEAN’ Schmitz due to Upset leaving to settle a family matter.

At this tournament, Fnatic finished with a 1-5 record in the group stage after earning a direct seed after the qualifying stage.

The 2022 World Cup begins on September 29 with the qualification phase.

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