Within hours of announcing the return of its old dominant Counter-Strike roster, Fnatic successfully qualified for one of the biggest events of the year.
Veterans Jesper “JW” Wecksell and Robin “Flusha” Rönnquist have returned to Fnatic, reversing the Swedish shuffle that took place in August with GODSENT. Alongside Olof “Olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson, Freddy “KRiMZ” Johansson and Dennis “Dennis” Edman, the reunited lineup showed no signs of rust or communication barriers as it rampaged through the IEM Katowice closed qualifiers on the weekend.
While it was business as usual against Mousesports, Fnatic took it up a notch when it went against the newly formed French super team of G2 Esports. The roster, consisting primarily of former Team EnVyUs members, failed to stop Fnatic in its tracks.
G2 Esports fell in both maps of the best-of-three series, answering the community’s question of who would win in the battle of shuffles. Clearly, the Swedish shuffle proved too much for the French. G2 Esports was then defeated in the lower brackets by Heroic in another clean sweep, shattering its dreams of competing in Poland next month.
While the reversal of the Swedish Counter-Strike roster shuffle worked in Fnatic’s favor, it was less successful for GODSENT which got knocked out early after losing to Tricked and Mousesports. Fans and analysts have already pegged Fnatic to win the next Major, provided that it continues showcase similar dominance.
IEM Katowice is scheduled to take place from March 1-5. A total of 12 teams will be fighting against one another for a share of the $250,000 prize pool.
Below is the final list of teams for the event. Which team are you rooting for?
- SK Gaming
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- FaZe Clan
- Natus Vincere