Former Fnatic jungler Mads "Broxah" Brock-Pedersen has been signed to Team Liquid’s League of Legends roster, the organization announced yesterday. The Danish player will be replacing Jake “Xmithie” Puchero, who was released from the team earlier this week. This will be Broxah’s first venture into the North American region.
Danish jungler Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen broke into professional League of Legends in 2016, jumping around a number of teams before landing on Fnatic’s Academy roster. He spent a mere three months with the team before moving on to Fnatic’s main lineup, replacing Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider on the starting roster. Broxah’s European LCS debut came in 2017, where Fnatic placed third in both the Spring and Summer seasons. The team’s victory at the Regional Finals earned them a spot at the 2017 World Championship. Fnatic were eliminated in the quarter-finals in Broxah’s first Worlds appearance.
Fnatic continued to improve in 2018, winning both the Spring and Summer EU LCS seasons. They exited the Mid-Season Invitational in the semi-finals, losing to eventual champions Royal Never Give Up. The European squad then looked for international redemption at Worlds, topping their group to secure a first seed going into the play-offs. They then defeated EDward Gaming and Cloud9, only to lose to Invictus Gaming in the Grand Final. This was the first time a European team had made a Worlds Grand Final appearance since Season One, and would have been the first time a European team won Worlds since that same Season.
Fnatic maintained some form in 2019, placing third and second in the newly renamed LEC Spring and Summer seasons. They won the Regional Final, advancing to the World Championship once again. Another play-offs appearance would see Fnatic eliminated in the quarter-finals by eventual champions FunPlus Phoenix. Broxah has stated that fan backlash after their quarter-final loss has been extreme. He addressed the toxicity on Twitter, explaining that he and teammate Martin “Rekkles” Larsson were not fighting, despite recent rumors stating otherwise.
Broxah will now be taking over Team Liquid's jungler position from Jake “Xmithie” Puchero, who first signed with the organization in 2017. Team Liquid have quickly become one of the best North American League of Legends teams ever, having won both the Spring and Summer LCS seasons in 2019. They defeated reigning World Champions Invictus Gaming to advance to the Mid-Season Invitational Grand Final earlier this year. This roster change comes after Liquid's own disappointing Worlds appearance, in which they failed to make it out of the group stage.
Broxah will debut under the Team Liquid banner in 2020.