Fnatic
Sweden
Moved to substitute role
June 18, 2018
Golden has been ousted on the active roster, following the addition of Xizt and draken, the Swedish organization has revealed.
ANALYSIS
The news comes as the team has been updating their roster with familiar and newer faces as Xizt and draken are now plugged in. After nearly a month after switching from the in-game leader role to entry-fragger, Golden has fallen off of his pedestal as a result from Fnatic's group stage exit at the ECS Season 5 Finals. Now, Golden will be assessing his options to find a new home as Fnatic are helping the 24-year-old back to action.
Officially joins Fnatic
June 18, 2018
Fnatic has completed the signing of Ninjas in Pyjamas backup, Draken, the Swedish organizations have confirmed.
ANALYSIS
The 22-year-old will step into the void left by Golden, who was sidelined from the team nearly a month. The changes come following the disappointing run at the ECS Season 5 Finals in London, where the team was sent packing in the group stage. draken has been venturing the market for potential options as the AWPer helped NiP secure wins at DreamHack Open Valencia as well as IEM Oakland in his 15-month tenure with the team. The new Fnatic lineup will make their first appearance at ESL One Cologne, which is set to run from July 3-8.
Signs with Fnatic
May 28, 2018
Fnatic has announced the signing of Xizt from FaZe Clan to replace Lekr0 with immediate effect.
ANALYSIS
The 27-year-old will be taking over as Fnatic's in-game leader, changing Golden's role to entry-fragger. The news comes with a bitter side of Lekr0 being moved to the bench as a result of internal issues less than a year after being brought back by Fnatic from GODSENT. Xizt came close to signing with the team back in March; however, the transfer ended up not materializing as the 24-year-old was given a second chance. Xizt returns to Fnatic in which represented in 1.6 between 2010 and 2012 where he won the IEM V European Championship Finals, Dreamhack Winter 2011 and Copenhagen Games 2012. Xizt will debut for the tea at the ECS Finals from June 8-10.
Holds the line for quarterfinal spot
April 22, 2018
JW gathered a 36/33 KD on Friday in the 2-0 series win over Renegades in the Group C decider match at DreamHack Masters Marseille.
ANALYSIS
JW's slow start quickly went behind him as the remainder of the first half was an open field to rack up 10 rounds straight as Renegades responded with the final two for the 10-5 half. JW then pressed on through the second half on the T-side to secure the second pistol and the following anti-ecos to secure their gun round for four straight, however, Renegades contested with eight rounds but eventually fell short to JW and co. claim the 16-13 win, posting a 20/18 KD and an 80.4 ADR. The series then moved on to Cobblestone where the team experienced another slow start but JW broke the five-round streak from Renegades with a triple entry kill on the B-bombsite to secure the post-plant. From there, his team went on to secure the 9-6 half, which eventually turned into a dominating second half for a 16-8 win to the quarters.
Secures third quarter-final in a row
April 22, 2018
flusha posted a 38/34 KD on Friday in a 2-0 series win over Renegades in the Group C decider match at DreamHack Masters Marseille.
ANALYSIS
Despite the slow start on Mirage, flusha overcame the odds and helped the CT-side hold on the line for ten straight before Renegades could secure the 10-5 half. flusha then pressed on through the second half for four straight on the T-side but Renegades found their momentum to tag eight rounds against to contest. It was a valiant effort, but flusha and co. marched on to secure the 16-13 series lead. The series then moved on to Cobblestone where flusha experienced another slow start on the T-side, but eventually, the B-bombsite gave way for a dominated first half for the offense to secure the 9-6 lead. The momentum carried over into the second half where flusha shut down the B-bombsite hold to secure seven rounds for the quarterfinal spot on Saturday.
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Joins ESL One New York team list
June 7, 2018
Fnatic have been invited to compete at ESL One New York, the event's organizers have announced.
ANALYSIS
The back-to-back IEM Katowice and WESG 2017 World champions are the fourth team confirmed for the tournament, which is set to start September 26-30 at the Barclays Center and will have $250,000 on the line. Fnatic returns to New York after skipping the annual event last year, and before that the Swedes went out in the Swiss stage, with coach Jumpy being the only remaining member of that team. Two more invitees remain as two other spots will go to the qualifiers that have yet to be announced.
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Invited to ESL One Cologne
April 4, 2018
ESL has revealed that the Swedish giants are headed to ESL One Cologne.
ANALYSIS
Fnatic is the third team invited to the annual event held at the LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany. The organizers have previously invited SK Gaming and Cloud9 as the first invited teams to the fifth year of the ESL tournament. Fnatic has been the recent buzz after claiming their title at IEM Katowice after a two-year drought and then going back-to-back at the WESG 2017 World Finals over Space Soldiers in the grand final. ESL One Cologne will take place from July 3-8 as 16 teams will compete for the $300,000 prize pool up for grabs.
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fnatic head down under for IEM Sydney
March 23, 2018
fnatic conclude the seven-team invite list to the Aussie event set to kick off May 1-6, ESL has announced.
ANALYSIS
After securing their title at IEM Katowice and then locking up the sweep over Space Soldiers at WESG 2017 World Finals, will now head to Australis to attend IEM Sydney. The $250,000 prize pool up for grabs will have sixteen teams looking to claim their share while also gaining a win towards the Intel Grand Slam $1million bonus prize. fnatic are just one win shy to tie with SK, who currently stand with 2 wins. fnatic completes the invite list while one spot remains from the GG:Origin qualifier, following the qualifiers held in Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania.
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olofmeister and dennis set to exit
August 8, 2017
olomesiter and dennis are set to leave the active roster of Fnatic, according to a report by Flickshot.
ANALYSIS
Nearly a year ago, one of the most unexpected shuffles between Fnatic and GODSENT surfaced as JW, flusha, and KRiMZ reunited with former Fnatic member Pronax in GODSENT. With a majority of the core players gone, olofmeister and dennis were on a quest to rebuild which faced many bumps in the road. However, the team reunited earlier this year after several disappointing results from both sides although the team has not been the same since the reformation. Now, Golden, who is already in the Fnatic organization representing Fnatic Academy, and Lekr0 are set to fill in the gaps as dennis is likely to transfer to GODSENT for Lekr0, however, for olofmeister, his future remains uncertain. Players or organizations have not made an official comment.
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Fnatic invited to ELEAGUE Premier 2017
July 26, 2017
ELEAGUE has revealed that twelve teams, including Fnatic, will be invited to compete in the Premier tournament.
ANALYSIS
Fnatic has been rather quiet in 2017 as the team has had a lackadaisical performance since finishing second at DremaHack Summer 2017. Fnatic is placed in Group B along side mosuesports, North and the remaining Qualifying teams from the Americas or Europe/CIS regions, with the first matches, starting September 15-16th. Fnatic will look to redeem themselves after a dismal 9-12th finish during ELEAGUE Season 2.