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Archive • Mar 19, 2018

Fnatic CS:GO Roster Changes Put on Hold After Yet Another Tournament Win

Fnatic's resurgence in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive seems to be continuing as the Swedish team defeated Space Soldiers in the WESG Grand Final for back-to-back titles. After completing the underdog story to defeat FaZe Clan and win IEM Katowice at the start of March, Fnatic went into the $1.5 million WESG event in Haikou as one of the favorites.

With the likes of SK Gaming and Cloud9 producing disappointing results, and Team Ukraine not even showing up the event, Fnatic cruised through the early stages of the competition and eventually found themselves in the Grand Final against Space Soldiers. The match was a hard fought one with Space Soldiers pushing the Swedes to the limit but eventually Fnatic managed to come out victorious with a 2-1 series score, netting an impressive $800,000 in the process. After the IEM Katowice victory, stories began to surface about a deal that had been signed prior to the event which would see Fnatic's young in-game leader, Maikil 'Golden' Selim, replaced by former NiP star Richard 'Xizt' Landström.

The news shocked the CS:GO community but it looks like even Fnatic had second thoughts about it after winning two tournaments back-to-back. Following the victory, Golden took to Twitter to inform everyone that he was staying.  

  The move never really made sense on paper so most people assumed that it had something to do with personal issues within the team rather than actual in-game problems. Luckily, there aren't many personal issues that can't be forgotten when you make over $1 million in prize money in less than a month. Incredibly, Fnatic's two tournament wins in 2018 already equate to more prize winnings than they had in over 15 LAN victories between 2014 and 2016.

Image: IEM/ESL

 

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