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JW: The CSGO pro that keeps proving the haters wrong

Published: 26/May/2020 11:02

by Shane King


Jesper ‘JW’ Wecksell is one of the most notorious AWPers in CS:GO history. Representing Fnatic for the best part of the last seven years, he has become synonymous with the brand and an in-form JW is usually a good omen for a dominant Fnatic CS team. 

The thing that stood out the most in the early days of Wecksell’s career was his aggressiveness in general but also with an AWP. He would seemingly peek any angle at any range with the weapon which is a deadly combination to have. Though, when he got too close or had to reload, he always had his trusty CZ75 in his back pocket. 

At the end of 2014, JW was at all-time high levels of form with an HLTV rating of 1.22 but by the autumn of the following year his rating was 1.01 – his career low at the time. While this isn’t the worst rating in the world, it was pretty noticeable in his gameplay. JW went from averaging 20 kills per map at big events in 2014 to just 16 per map in 2015.

The Swede returned to form once again when Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim and Robin ‘flusha’ Rönnquist returned to Fnatic in late 2019. He has been dropping the ball less and producing magic more often. Fnatic also, briefly, regained their status as the world’s number one team. 

One of the reasons the Fnatic legend has had a resurgence is his ability with rifles. He gave up his AWP when he was in his slump and had to rely solely on his rifling. Also, the fact that he is once again playing under a mastermind IGL in Golden has given him the tactical help which had been missing. 

With this newfound form coinciding with Fnatic’s revival, there is a chance JW has paved the way for a second golden age of his career.


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.