In the aftermath of the recently played DreamHack Summer Open tournament another team has made roster changes after Mousesports picked up the zerg surprise Protosser earlier. This time around fnatic have decided to pick up Kevin “Harstem” de Koning, the protoss surprise performer of the tournament.
The former mouse control player, who spent the better of the last 2,5 years with mCon, saw his breakthrough performance this summer at the DreamHack Summer Open. There he beat, amongst others ofcourse, the likes of ThorZaIN and Bly to end 9-16th out of the 256 competitors, after a close loss to eventual semi-finalist fraer.
With Harstem making a name for himself the Dutch StarCraft 2 scene is now looking a possibly a big 3, rather than the current 'Big 2' which consists of Manuel 'Grubby' Schenkhuizen and Jos 'Ret' de Kroon. Now that Harstem is in the Fnatic academy he stands a good chance to improve rapidly and perhaps start making a big(ger) impact into the international scene with the guidance, practice and mentoring by the likes of Oz, NightEnd and ToD.
Fnatic's manager Elroy "noname" Pinto mentioned:
Today we bring in a youngster from Netherlands who surprised everyone with a good performance at DreamHack last month into our Academy. We feel he has great potential for the future and we want to give him that chance needed to take his game to the next level. With his high school now over he can focus on his StarCraft 2 career. We are extremely excited to add him to our roster and can't wait to see him in the upcoming Summer LANs in Europe. We would also like to thank team Mouse Control for being supportive of the transfer, being one of the leading organisations in eSports we respect every team and we made sure both parties reached a mutual agreement on a fee. A big thanks to our sponsors RaidCall, MSI, SteelSeries & EIZO.
Kevin “Harstem” de Koning added:
For the last 2.5 years I have played for Mouse Control and I have enjoyed every second of it.Today however I will leave Mouse Control and join Fnatic. The opportunity Fnatic gave me is one I can’t refuse. Fnatic will be able to support me in a way, which Mouse Control wasn’t able to. This doesn’t mean that I will forget about Mouse Control and everything they have done for me the past years. I would like to thank the management, the players and the sponsors (E-sports clothing, Spam energy drink and Clanhost) for supporting me in all possible ways. I would also like to thank some people individually; Ruben “CompleX” Been, Martin “0wnz0r” Ekel and Niek “NEEK” Baltussen because they were always supportive in any way they could.
This move means the fnatic academy now consists of:
Hyun "DeParture" Sung Min
Jo "Luvsic" Chang Ho
Deok "Ares"Seo Chang
Kevin "Harstem" de Koning