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Fnatic will not start bot laner Elias “Upset” Lipp at the beginning of the 2021 League of Legends World Championship group stage, according to a statement released by the team on Sunday. Instead, the team will be field substitute bot laner Louis “Bean” Schmitz. Upset also issued a statement on his personal Twitter on Oct. 13.

Upset, who played a large part in the team’s success in helping Fnatic reach Worlds 2021, must return home due to a family emergency. He joined the team at the start of the year and forged a strong duo alongside support player Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov. While Fnatic did not find success during the spring split, the team completed an impressive four-series win streak in the LEC summer split playoffs to make it to the grand finals.

Bean, who is set to replace Upset, only joined Fnatic’s Academy team, Fnatic Rising, this year. He made the NLC finals twice and reached the EU Masters grand finals last summer.

Once the group stage begins on Monday, Fnatic will have to overcome teams like Hanwha Life Esports and PSG Talon in Group C to advance to the next stage of the event.

Upset posted the following personal statement on Twitter.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story misquoted Fnatic’s Dardo in regard to Upset’s potential availability for Worlds 2021. The following is the correct statement:

“Right now, as we posted yesterday, he is not available to be here because of a family emergency,” Dardo said. “There are some policies around the event and I think it’s very difficult that he could be coming back for the last three games of groups. Whether there would be an opportunity in the future for him to join if we continue moving forward in the tournament or not is something we cannot anticipate.”

Tom fell in love with esports in 2015 and has been reporting on multiple scenes since. In his spare time, he dwells on the Howling Abyss in League of Legends, or on the vast oceans in Sea of Thieves.
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