Fnatic locks in rising Swedish star Jackinho for CSGO roster shuffle

Published: 14/Jan/2021 3:00 Updated: 14/Jan/2021 3:31

by Isaac McIntyre


Fnatic have confirmed the first piece of their 2021 CS:GO roster puzzle, locking in Swedish star Jack ‘Jackinho’ Ström Mattson joining the squad. He comes in to replace Robin ‘flusha’ Ronnquist, who stood down earlier in January.

The semi-pro Counter-Strike star, 21, has been involved in the Nordic scene since late 2016, but has never made the jump to a top-class European roster.

However, that has changed. The Swedish heavyweights in Fnatic have locked in Jackinho as a replacement for long-time star flusha leading into 2021.

Jackinho has played semi-professionally across much of his CSGO career. In 2016 he played for Nordic Knights and Property, before taking a two-year hiatus. The 21-year-old then played for nerdRage, Visomvet, and Prima Esport in 2019 and 2020.

Mattson has primarily played as AWPer across his staggered four-year career, which could conflict with the duties of Jesper ‘JW’ Wecksell on the squad.

This roster shift marks a big moment for Fnatic moving forward. The legacy CSGO squad has been relatively settled across 2020, and that stability led to them winning ESL Pro League Season 11, and finishing third in Flashpoint Season 2.

Fnatic last shifted players nearly 12 months ago, and even then it wasn’t a big swap; Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim joined the roster full time after a loan from Cloud9.

The question on every Fnatic fan’s lips now is; what happens from here? Jackinho could be the first of many moves — given his role clashes with a long-standing figure in the squad.

Either JW or Jackinho would be forced to reinvent themselves for Fnatic if they weren’t to make any more roster moves.

With flusha out of the picture too, it could just be that JW shifts to a secondary AWPer role. Brollan and KRIMZ are expected to keep their roster spots.

Flusha could make way for Jackinho if Fnatic stick to a five-man roster.
With flusha on the bench, Jackinho will likely take his place in the squad unless more signings are made.

Fnatic isn’t the only Counter-Strike outfit looking to make changes after a staggered 2020 either. Team Liquid have announced Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo is joining the squad to replace Russel ‘Twistzz’ Van Dulken.

FURIA has also locked in former Triumph Gaming AWPer Paytyn ‘Junior’ Johnson to replace Henrique ‘HEN1’ Teles.


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.