Welcome back to Under the Spotlight, my series where I discuss a troubled team in CS:GO then explain what I would do to fix that team. In this installment I will discuss Fnatic, the Swedish team who had an iron grip on the scene during 2014 and 2015.
Roster: draken, Xizt, JW, flusha, KRIMZ
Fnatic have looked shaky with their new roster. After recruiting the former Ninjas in Pyjamas pair Richard “Xizt” Landstrom and William “draken” Sundin, their results have taken a turn for the worse. For example, with a recent group-stage exit at DreamHack Masters Stockholm, where Fnatic fell to the teams OpTic and Heroic. In fact, the team is yet to finish in the Top 4 of a tournament with their new roster. This is unforgivable for a roster of Fnatic’s calibre. However, statistically, each player is doing fine on the scoreboard; apart from Xizt, which is understandable thanks to his role. I think the problem lies with the chemistry of the team. Maikil “Golden” Selim, the last IGL Fnatic had, favoured a much looser style where players could express more flair. This system was shown to work thanks to Fnatic’s tournament wins at WESG and IEM Katowice. However, Xizt favours a more structured style with textbook Counter-Strike, something we saw on NiP. That system failed, as under Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson’s captaincy NiP have looked astounding. That system is clearly failing under Fnatic due to their poor results and awful placings. I think that in an idealistic world, Golden and Lekr0 were never kicked from Fnatic because they suited the team better and Lekr0 is an amazing and versatile fragger. However, those moves couldn’t happen now.
Therefore, this is how I’d fix Fnatic. I’d remove Richard “Xizt” Landstrom because I feel his dated style of play has no place in modern Counter-Strike, especially at the pace at which the game and how its played is evolving. I would add Dennis “dennis” Edman back because Fnatic’s core have played with him in the past, so they’d be used to his calling style. Furthermore, draken recently played with dennis in NiP so I don’t think it would be too drastic a change. I think dennis is the best option NiP have got outside of Golden and Lekr0, both of which are unrealistic moves, therefore dennis is the best option in my opinion.