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Fnatic and mousesports fire back at BLAST over CSGO Premier snub

Published: 27/Dec/2019 20:08 Updated: 27/Dec/2019 20:20

by Scott Robertson


Members of both of the mousesports and Fnatic organizations are airing their grievances with BLAST Pro Series about the tournament organizer’s comments regarding the teams’ snubs from the upcoming 2020 BLAST Premier Series.

BLAST Pro Series’ upcoming premier series is a drastic shakeup to the formula that the organizer used in 2019. From two-day tournaments featuring mostly best-of-one series to a year-long league stretching along two seasons, fans were excited about the expanded format.

But some fans weren’t happy about which teams were included and which were left aside, and the teams that are forced to watch from home are even less happy about the reasons why.

ESLmous have closed out 2019 in style but won’t participate in BLAST 2020.

Both mousesports and Fnatic were left off the upcoming 2020 BLAST season, despite their strong showings toward the end of 2019, and the fact that they are currently ranked in the top three globally on HLTV. 

BLAST director Nicholas Estrup said the organizer wasn’t “relying on rankings” to determine invites, and that an organization’s future “long-term play” was a significant factor in decision-making. Members of both teams have taken extreme offense to those comments.

Fnatic founder and CEO Sam Mathews retweeted the December 25 Dexerto article that covered the comments by BLAST’s Estrup and provided his response to the matter. Mathews said he and the rest of Fnatic were surprised not to be included, and that ‘seeing them [BLAST] publicly slate our org, the most storied in esports & a legacy in CS rivaled by few, is beyond disappointing.”

Fnatic star Robin ‘flusha’ Rönnquist retweeted his CEO’s sentiments, and the head coach Andreas Samuelsson replied with his comments as well, saying, “We are beyond disappointed not getting invited to blast. We have been quietly trying to understand, but nothing makes sense for us.”

Fnatic isn’t alone in their frustrations. Members of mousesports aren’t pleased about the exclusion either, including their press director Jan Dominicus, who said: “That they now think it’s ok to question our “long play” in public is extremely irritating to me. We have fielded elite CS teams for 17 years with no plans to stop anytime soon, FYI.”

It’s hard not to understand where both organizations are coming from. Both teams have been competing in Counter-Strike for well over a decade, dating back to the 1.6 competitive days.

Fnatic have been a team synonymous with success in CSGO specifically, having claimed three major championships while being a flagship franchise for the scene.

While the point about rankings not being the most crucial thing to determine invites is understandable, it is still questionable to leave number 2 and number 3 at home.

Adela Sznajderflusha raises the DreamHack Malmo trophy

And it’s easy to see how both Fnatic and mousesports would be insulted by a relatively new tournament organizer alleging that the teams aren’t in it for the long haul despite over 15 years of activity in the scene.

Not only are both teams winning now, but they have both indicated that they are indeed preparing for the future, with both rosters fielding youngsters with star potential in Fnatic’s Ludvig ‘Brollan’ Brolin and mous’ David ‘frozen’ Čerňanský. 

The spring 2020 season for the BLAST Pro Series Premier circuit begins on January 31, 2020.


Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett


A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
ENCE TV, YouTube
Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.