Fnatic has revealed that Martin “MAGNUM” Penkov has officially been released from the organization and has joined the active roster of KOI.
With double appearances at Masters Reykjavík & a confident showing at the first-ever VCT Champions, you'll always be a founding part of Fnatic Valorant. pic.twitter.com/R6dGFDQkgP
— FNATIC (@FNATIC) June 8, 2022
As one of the first members of the Valorant division of Fnatic, MAGNUM joined the London-based organization for the 2021 VCT season. With MAGNUM, Fnatic made two international appearances, finishing second in Masters Reyjkavik 2021 and top eight in Champions 2021.
Entering the 2022 VCT season, Fnatic earned automatic qualification into the group stage of Stage 1: EMEA Challengers, where they showed their dominance on the server, winning all five games and making the first seed of their group. Despite a shaky performance in the playoffs stage, Fnatic managed to overcome M3 Champions and lock in a spot for Masters Reyjkavik 2022 as the third seed representing EMEA.
Unfortunately, the squad suffered many setbacks while in Masters Reyjkavik 2022. A roster change before the tournament hindered the roster’s potential where they would lose to Ninjas in Pyjamas and ZETA DIVISION, crashing out of the group stage in the first international event of 2022. Fnatic’s loss against ZETA DIVISION was the last time we saw MAGNUM represent the organization as they decided to release former teammate Andrew “braveaf” Gorchakov and move MAGNUM to the bench indefinitely.
Actualización sobre el equipo de Valorant.
— KOI (@KOI) June 8, 2022
MAGNUM joins KOI to replace Gabriel “Shrew” Gessle, who was recently benched on the team. MAGNUM and KOI will compete in Spain Regional League, where they will be fighting for a spot in the playoffs and secure a place in the VRL Finals.
With the roster changes, KOI is now:
- Ramses “Famsii” Koivukangas
- Martin “MAGNUM” Penkov
- Alberto “neptuNo” González
- Oskar “PHYRN” Palmqvist
- Ladislav “Sacake” Sachr
With the departure of MAGNUM, Fnatic is now:
- Emir “Alfajer” Ali Beder
- Jake “Boaster” Howlett
- Nikita “Derke” Sirmitev
- Enzo “Enzo” Mestari
- James “Mistic” Orfila
- Colin “CoJo” Johnson (Team Manager)
- Jacob “Mini” Harris (Coach)