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CSGO: Fnatic reportedly practicing with former star

Published: 11/Sep/2019 13:36 Updated: 11/Sep/2019 14:37

by Joe O'Brien


Fnatic are reportedly targeting former player Robin ‘flusha’ Rönnquist and Maikil ‘Golden’ Semil for a potential return to their CS:GO squad.

According to a report by 1pv, the team has been practicing with flusha and Golden as potential replacements for Richard ‘Xizt’ Landström and Simon ‘twist’ Eliasson.

Fnatic is currently looking to replace Xizt and twist, who were benched after the team was eliminated from the European Minor ahead of the StarLadder Berlin Major, marking the first time that the organization failed to compete at a CS:GO Major

Fnatic stated during an AMA after benching the two players that they were looking for “at least one young player” and that they “won’t take in two old players since we want to be a stable top team long term”.

According to reports, that young player might have been Tim ‘nawwk’ Jonasson, but it seems that negotiations with GamerLegion may have fallen through and as such Fnatic are looking to two former players who departed the team in 2018.

WESGflusha was one of the original members of Fnatic’s Swedish CS:GO squad.

If the move does go through, it would see flusha reunited with former teammates Jesper ‘JW’ Wecksell and Freddy ‘krimz’ Johansson, with whom he competed through various iterations of Fnatic over five years, winning three Majors with JW and two with krimz.

Fnatic’s new line-up would closely resemble that of much of 2018, with young star Ludvig ‘Brollan’ Brolin in place of Jonas ‘Lekr0’ Olofsson. During Golden’s original time as in-game leader for Fnatic, the team were able to claim IEM Katowice 2018 and WESG.

Golden and flusha most recently competed together on Cloud9, although flusha has been absent from professional play since the IEM Katowice Major in February 2019, taking a break from competing after his mother suddenly passed away during the event. Golden also played as a stand-in for Ninjas in Pyjamas during the Berlin Major.

Fnatic’s potential new line-up:

  • Jesper ‘JW’ Wecksell
  • Freddy ‘krimz’ Johansson
  • Ludvig ‘Brollan’ Brolin
  • Robin ‘Flusha’ Rönnquist
  • Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim

YNk steps down as FaZe Clan CSGO coach following NiKo’s exit

Published: 28/Oct/2020 19:19

by Alan Bernal


Janko ‘YNk’ Paunović has stepped down as the head coach of FaZe Clan’s CSGO team following the transfer of Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač to G2 Esports.

YNk cited issues within the team and wanted to step aside as FaZe will be looking to build up their lineup again, which still features highly-talented players even with the exit of their Bosnian star.

“For a while now the team has been struggling with some recurring issues in and out of the game which I’ve done my best to try and amend but unfortunately without much success,” YNk said. “I feel that the best way to move forward is for the team and myself to part ways and, with NiKo going to G2, give the players and the organization the opportunity to get a new coach and IGL who can work on taking the team forward.”

The former MiBR and FaZe coach also indicated that he’s going to break from coaching CSGO for the rest of 2020, and left the next year open-ended.

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YNk has stepped down from FaZe after joining in early 2019.

A player and broadcaster before his coaching career, YNk leaves the org in the same month his team beat OG Esports 3-0 in the EU Intel Extreme Masters New York Online grand finals. Last week, they placed 9th at the DreamHack Open Fall 2020.

YNk has been with the team since the beginning of 2019. While they managed to put good results together at various BLAST events and some online tourneys in 2020, FaZe struggled to put up consistent performances against top teams.

YNk is stepping aside in a pivotal moment for FaZe Clan’s roster. Longtime face of the org’s CSGO team, Niko, has moved on from FaZe, and the coach will stand down to let them make something out of the stars still on roster like Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard, Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye, and rising talent Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants.

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YNk and NiKo both parted ways with FaZe Clan.

As more CSGO events and competitors continue to either migrate or revolve around EU, YNk could still have prospects in the competitive or broadcasting sides of the scene.

Once a team with superstar players in every role, FaZe is now on the market to fill up their roster to standard capacity, as the latest shakeups leave them without a fifth member and a head coach to take the reigns.