Veterans Jesper “JW” Wecksell and Robin “Flusha” Rönnquist have returned to Fnatic to reform the organization’s most dominant Counter-Strike roster ever.
The reunion with Olof “Olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson, Freddy “KRiMZ” Johansson and Dennis “Dennis” Edman takes place six months after Fnatic and GODSENT agreed to a roster swap which became to be known as the Swedish shuffle.
JW, Flusha, and KRiMZ were traded with GODSENT for Simon “Twist” Eliasson and Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson. However, the players found it difficult to do well in their new homes.
KRiMZ and Lekr0 returned to their original teams in October, while JW and Flusha decided to stay with GODSENT. A string of disappointing performances eventually forced the two players to become homesick. This includes an unimpressive finish at Esports Championship Series (ECS) Season 2 and an early elimination from last month’s ELEAGUE Major.
“Needless to say, the aftermath of the team’s split in August came with many challenges and although we have shown great promise of late, we are confident that the revival of our old line-up will accelerate our journey towards once again being the best Counter-Strike franchise in the World,” said Fnatic chief gaming officer Patrik “cArn” Sättermon in a statement.
“Even the best can’t win all tournaments, and that is okay,” said Fnatic CS:GO manager Viktor “vuggo” Jendeby in a statement, “we’ve realized that now and matured from it. We are now 110% focused, determined and confident, and we will work day and night to reclaim the #1 spot in the world.”
As such, Simon “Twist” Eliasson has returned to GODSENT, taking Joakim “Disco Doplan” Gidetun with him.
This marks a fresh start for both sides, specifically for Fnatic which is now returning to the scene with its old roster. The same lineup has secured multiple achievements over the years such as the IEM Season X, ESL One Cologne 2015 and StarLadder i-League StarSeries XIV.