Nikita "Derke" Sirmitev and Martin "MAGNUM" Penkov are the newest additions to Fnatic Fnatic Europe Rank #9 's Valorant roster. They will debut on April 10 in the VCT Stage 2: Challengers 2 open qualifier.
Derke hails from CrowСrowd CrowСrowd Europe Rank #18 as a raw Finnish talent. The player first came to light in the Nicecactus Christmas Trophy, his debut for the Russian organization, and was one of the top fraggers across the leaderboards. After finishing in the top four of the CIS Stage 1: Challengers 2 main event, he went on to place third in the Stage 1: Masters. He excels at Jett OP play, averaging over 260 ACS in the last 30 days. Speaking to Upcomer, coach Jacob "Mini" Harris said he thinks Derke has the potential to be "one of the best players in the world."
MAGNUM may be the lesser known of the two but brings great promise, and is a player who is both "intelligent and vocal" and "quick to suggest creative solutions in-game." During First Strike: Europe, he was a game away from qualifying into the main event with Enterprise Esports Enterprise Esports Inactive , losing to nolpenki in the deciding match. Playing with HOMELESS HOMELESS Europe Rank #40 through March, he qualified for the Nicecactus March Trophy and managed to reach the top 32 in the Europe Stage 2: Challengers 1 qualifier, losing to Opportunists.
The two new players will first represent the English organization's colors in the VCT Stage 2: Challengers 2 qualifier on April 10. Two slots at the EMEA Stage 2: Challengers Finals are at stake and Fnatic must claim one of those to have a shot at flying to Iceland for the Stage 2: Masters Reykjavik.