Fnatic bench Xizt and twist

The team is looking to enter a "new phase"

Counter-Strike: GO's Icon George Geddes · 21 Aug 2019


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With immediate effect, Swedish organization has benched both Richard "Xizt" Landström and Simon "twist" Eliasson. 

HLTV.org has learned that fnatic will be exploring different paths that the roster could take. For example, re-staffing and moving to an international roster. Currently, fnatic have had a long history with full-Swedish lineups. 

In a statement via Twitter, fnatic describe a move toward a new phase in the Counter-Strike roster. The statement cites the disappointing finish at the StarLadder Berlin Europe Minor when fnatic finished fourth. Therefore, the team failed to qualify for the next stage of the Major in Berlin. Instead, North, CR4ZY, and mousesports all secured qualification. Due to this, fnatic have discontinued its legacy of attending every single Major in Counter-Strike history. 

“As one of the longest-standing esports institutions, we are all too aware of how constant self-reflection and analysis is paramount to continued growth and success of our team. After our recent performances, we will now be working doubly hard to realign and regain our rightful spot at the pinnacle of professional gameplay. We will move into a new phase, and will look at all aspects of our Counter-Strike team.,” fnatic said about the move. 

This ends the year-long run of Xizt being a part of the roster. The in-game leader was joined by twist later on in the year. Overall, the team has failed to achieve the previous glory of the fnatic era. Fnatic finished top 12 at both ESL One: Cologne 2019 and the ESL Pro League Season 9 - Finals, losing to Vitality and Heroic respectively. 

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Fnatic will be attending DreamHack Masters Malmö from October 1-6, where the team is expected to display its new roster going forward. 

Once more information is known, this article will be updated. 

Therefore, fnatic is now: 

  • Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin
  • Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson
  • Jesper "JW" Wecksell

  • Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson (coach)

  • Simon "twist" Eliasson (benched)
  • Richard "Xizt" Landström (benched)

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