The ESL Pro League is back, but some teams, including Fnatic, are still announcing roster changes.
Fnatic, historically one of the best CS:GO teams, announced Tuesday that Twist will be replacing Draken for this season.
In addition, ScreaM, who came in as a stand-in for the team before ESL One New York, is staying with the team but, his future is unclear. "I'm going to keep stand-in with Fnatic," he tweeted. "Don’t know for how long. EPL starts tomorrow."
Im going to keep stand-in with Fnatic. Don’t know for how long. EPL starts tomorrow 💪🏽— ScreaM (@nV_ScreaM_) October 2, 2018
ScreaM joined as a replacement for Flusha after Fnatic’s disappointing finish at FACEIT London in September but the signing made it clear that it was a short-term arrangement.
As we await news of ScreaM’s future, the other move Fnatic made is set in stone.
Draken, a dominant player in 2016 and 2017, was not able to replicate past success when he joined Fnatic this year.
Writing on Twitter, he said that he was in a “bad period of time” when he joined Fnatic, but he is "excited about the future." as he looks to grow stronger as a player.
I joined fnatic in a bad period of time and it didn’t really work out which I’m sad about. However i feel really excited for the future and i think this is the right path for me to take to build myself stronger. I want to wish @twistCSGO and the boys the best of luck.— draken (@drakenCSGO) October 2, 2018
As such, Fnatic is replacing him with Twist, a longtime pro, who most recently played for Red Reserve.
Twist previously played for Fnatic when the team won the ESL Pro League Season 4 in 2016. Fnatic is hoping that bringing back a player from better times will help the organization regain its former dominance.