The team that had immortalised themselves in Counter-Strike history are no more, as Fnatic and Godsent sent shockwaves through the community with the announcement of a dramatic roster shuffle. The move was one of the most lively and unexpected shuffles CS:GO has ever seen, with fans of both sides wondering who has walked away from the table with the better deal in their back pocket.
Fnatic will move forward with veterans Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer and Dennis “dennis” Edman, as they add Simon “twist” Eliasson and Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson from Godsent, as well as John “wenton” Eriksson who had filled in for the team previously.
Godsent on the other hand have kept Markus “pronax” Wallsten and Andreas “znajder” Lindberg, and have added Robin “flusha” Rönnquist, Jesper “JW” Wecksel and Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson from Fnatic. It’s like a bizarre family reunion as Pronax is reunited with Flusha, JW, and Krimz.
Taking this swap at face value, Godsent would appear to be the clear winner between the two outfits. The dynamic talents of JW and Flusha more than compensate for the high fragging abilities of Twist, whilst the stability provided by Krimz gives Pronax options that he lacked with his prior roster in so far as strategy and setups go.
Of course, Fnatic will still be a force to reckon with as they retain one of the best pistol players in the game in Dennis, and one of the best players of all time in Olof. Adding Twist to the mix will give Fnatic a high fragging player they can rely on, and their immediate success will hinge on Wenton and Lekr0 being able to take their game to the next level.
Perhaps this was a long time coming, as greatness comes with a cost. Fnatic writer Sven “Lepertum” Van Herck cited some turmoil within the roster stemming from spending such a long time together. The expectations that had been created for this god-squad inevitably caused tensions within the team, culminating with some evident frustration in their final match together at the Cologne Major where they fell rather hard to the underdog Team Liquid in the semi-finals. Speculation that roster changes were in order for Fnatic was plentiful, but almost no one expected changes of this magnitude.
“Being together in a team for a long period means that small issues can easily turn into bigger issues. These issues can then weed their way into fundamental team dynamics, affecting the chemistry needed for success.
“Over the last months something similar has been brewing inside of our team, and regardless of the efforts all parties have tried to make to resolve the internal issues, it reached a point where there was a clear division within the team.
“Both parties felt that it was necessary to split the team up in order for future growth, and the rebuilding of the chemistry needed for success.”
Fnatic Official Statement
The real victors of all these roster chops and changes? Neither Fnatic or Godsent – but their top tier rivals SK Gaming and Natus Vincere. Having split a team that could realistically win any major in half, what’s left is two rosters that can comfortably make it to a quarter finals, but would be gobbled up SK Gaming and NaVi, bolstered by the powerhouse S1mple.