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United Kingdom esports organization fnatic have announced the departure of Richard “Xizt” Landström. This news follows reports he would be moving to Dignitas, as the North American organization returns to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
We thank @Xizt for not only returning to Fnatic, but reminding us of his eternally mindful approach to life and CS:GO.
— FNATIC (@FNATIC) January 16, 2020
Xizt parts ways with Fnatic
Landström started his competitive esports career on Counter-Strike in 2009, where he competed for teams like Begrip, LIONS, and Fnatic. With the release of CS:GO, he transitioned to Ninjas in Pyjamas. There, he played alongside Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg, Christopher “GeT_RighT” Alesund, Adam “friberg” Friberg, and Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson.
Xizt stayed there for 6 years as the Swedish team went on to multiple Major appearances among other notable achievements. This included 1st at 2014’s ESL One Cologne and 2nd at 2015’s ESL One Katowice. They also took 1st place honors at 2016’s DreamHack Masters Malmö and at Intel Extreme Masters XI Oakland. He was later benched in February of 2018, after which he left for FaZe Clan as a substitute player briefly before rejoining Fnatic.
While on fnatic, the 28-year-old led the team to 1st place at 2018’s PLG Grand Slam and 2nd at Season 7 of StarSeries & i-League. However, the team ultimately failed in its qualification toward the StarLadder Berlin Major at 2019’s Europe Minor Championship. With this, Xizt was benched alongside fellow teammate Simon “twist” Eliasson in August.
Reuniting with former teammates
He was replaced with former Cloud9 player Maikil “Golden” Selim on the Fnatic roster, with Swedish esports organization Ninjas in Pyjamas later acquiring twist. While the player has not revealed his future plans, he is reportedly joining Dignitas to reunite with previous Ninjas in Pyjamas teammates in f0rest, GeT_RighT, and Friberg. The only player on that proposed lineup still attached to a team is f0rest.
Dignitas exited Counter-Strike in August of 2018 after poor performance, with a dead last finish in Season 7 of North America’s ESL Pro League.
Ethan Chen is a writer with over 3 years of experience covering esports, gaming, and business.