Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov has extended his contract with Fnatic, as announced on Wednesday, September 28. The legendary League of Legends esports player will remain with the British esports organization until 2023.
Weeks Before 2021 LoL Worlds
After months of waiting, Fnatic announced that their star support player, Hylissang, has extended his contract. The Bulgarian esports pro has decided to re-sign with the black and orange for two more years, until 2023.
This is massive news for Fnatic, who have managed to keep ahold of one of their best players. The contract update also ends the rumors of Hylissang’s possible departure from the team next season.
The announcement comes only weeks before Fnatic start their campaign at the 2021 League of Legends World Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland. There, the British esports organization will chase their first title since the inaugural LoL Worlds.
Two More Years
Hylissang has become an iconic member of the Fnatic lineup, which he joined in December 2017. Unlike most other LoL esports pro players, Hylissang has played for only two teams in his career.
The Bulgarian support started his esports career in January 2014 with Unicorns of Love, where he remained for three years. Hylissang has never won the European league during his stay with the team, nor has he ever attended the LoL World Championship, but his talent did not go unnoticed.
Hylissang’s stint with UoL ended in September 2017, after the team lost in the second round of the Regional Finals. With that, UoL missed out on qualifying for the 2017 LoL World Championship, which ushered in roster changes.
At the time, UoL parted ways with three of their members, including Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir, Kiss “Vizicsacsi” Tamás, and Hylissang. Xerxe landed in Splyce, Vizicsacsi joined Schalke 04, while Hylissang got picked up by Fnatic.
Hylissang did not need long to prove his worth on Fnatic. He helped his new team to back-to-back EU LCS titles and reached the 2018 LoL World Championship finals.
The Bulgarian LoL star has since established himself as a key member of Fnatic, who relied on his playmaking and shot-calling to qualify for the next two LoL World Championships. Even though Fnatic haven’t won a single title since 2018, they’ve kept their status as one of Europe’s top teams.
Fourth Shot at The Summoner’s Cup
Having struggled to emulate the success he had with Fnatic in 2018, Hylissang is now getting ready for his fourth shot at the World Championship title. The Orange and Black will attend the season-culminating LoL esports tournament in Iceland next month.
Fnatic have qualified for the 2021 LoL World Championship by the skin of their teeth this season. Having struggled to deliver in the LEC 2021 Summer regular season, Hylissang and co. had to fight for their right to represent their region via the playoffs lower bracket – and they didn’t disappoint.
Known as “the Professor,” Hylissang is widely regarded as one of the best LoL support players in the world. The Korean LoL community gave him that nickname due to his innovative ideas in the bottom lane.
“I’m excited to continue my journey with Fnatic,” said Hylissang. “We’ve done amazing things together, and I can’t wait to see what we can do in the future with this team. I re-signed with Fnatic because I truly believe we will be the best team in the LEC.”
Hylissang’s statement of Fnatic being the best team in the LEC will be adequately tested next month at the 2021 LoL World Championship.
Regardless of how well Fnatic will do at the tournament, they can be happy with how their season will end. Fnatic has kept ahold of one of the best European LoL players, who has elevated Fnatic to new heights with his innovative and aggressive playstyle.
“He’s one of those players that are able to do things that others just can’t,” said Javier “Dardo” Zafra, Fnatic League director.