The team Fnatic (occasionally stylized as fnatic) is a world leader in multiple games, such as League of Legends, Dota 2, Halo and more. Fnatic's players attend more than 75 events per year, representing Fnatic in over 25 countries. More than 1,200,000 fans on social media follow the team.
In Europe, the US, India, and South America, Fnatic stands as one of the best eSports organizations, whose players have achieved numerous tournament wins. Fnatic also won the ESPORTS Team of the Year Award in 2006 and 2009.
The management around founders Sam and Anne Mathews resides in London, where Fnatic's main office is located.
The organization was founded on July 23, 2004 by Sam Mathews with the help of Anne Mathews and Nader Atoui. Fnatic has won the eSports Award Team of The Year in 2006, and 2009. During 2007-2008 Fnatic welcomed Neil Kirk (co-founder of TCM-Gaming). After playing several years for Fnatic, Patrik "cArn" Sättermon, one of the best CS:1.6 players became the Chief Gaming Officer of Fnatic in 2012. Since 2013, Anne Mathews took over the position of Sam Mathews as the CEO of Fnatic. Sam Mathews still remains as a Chairman in the organisation.
In the September of 2008, Fnatic acquired sponsors MSI and SteelSeries. At that point, Fnatic became known as FnaticMSI. Recently, Fnatic and MSI announced the MSI Beat It! tournament. The world's largest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition. On the first of June, 2011, EIZO started to sponsor Fnatic.
In January 2012, Fnatic took on RaidCall as a sponsor. However, this didn’t mean the end of the partnership with MSI, as they continue to provide the organization with laptops, graphics cards, and motherboards. With the new title Sponsor, Fnatic was able to expand their territory into the Korean gaming scene, as they became the first foreign e-sports team to acquire a Professional Gaming House in Seoul, South Korea.  Fnatic and RaidCall quit their collaboration in early 2013 and soon after the online Poker site Winamax was introduced as a new sponsor. In 2013, Alexander Zavoloka, a common face in the Russian e-sports scene, stepped down from the position as the Editor-in-Chief and got replaced by Andreja Mahovic, a former Dota 2 professional.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
November 2012 - July 2013 (Danish CS:GO Squad)
Fnatic first emerged into Valve's new Counter-Strike title: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on November 19th, 2012, by carrying over 4/5 of their players from the Counter-Strike 1.6 squad they had at the time, consisting of Michael "Friis" Jørgensen, Andreas "MODDII" Fridh, Finn "karrigan" Andersen, and Martin "trace" Heldt. Fnatic had replaced their former fifth, Emil "FYRR73" Karlsson with former Counter-Strike: Source player Dennis "Rytter" Rytter. Prior to this, the team were seen playing in the Chinese Counter-Strike Online event K1 League 2012 Season 2 where the team would finish in third place.
Despite performing well in Counter-Strike 1.6, the team would fail to impress in the new title. Their first notable event, DreamHack Winter 2012 was a group stage exit falling to the British mousesports and the newly resurrected Ninjas in Pyjamas from Sweden, despite defeating ESC Gaming from Poland - another team who did very well in the older title but was failing to show the same success in CS:GO. Shortly after the event, karrigan and MODDII would part ways with Fnatic, with karrigan joining mousesports' new German team and MODDII would remain teamless before returning to Fnatic a few months later. For the time being, Fnatic would use former Counter-Strike: Source players, Morten "frozt" Frost and Magnus "JOKERN" Barthel as stand-ins for their last event of the year, RADEON Offensive. In this event, they would end up placing second, falling to Lemondogs.
Moving into 2013, Fnatic would end up signing JOKERN as a permanent player but they would also sign Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth over frozt to complete their roster and for the first time ever, a fully Danish Counter-Strike lineup. Yet again, the team would continue to fail to show any form of success - resulting in another roster change later down the line. This time, both Rytter and JOKERN would be released in order to welcome MODDII back, and welcome in the Norweigan player, Lasse "stingeR" Midtstue. Within this iteration of the lineup, the team would begin to improve but they would still fail to win any big events. The most notable events they participated in were Mad Catz Birmingham, EMS One: Spring 2013 LAN finals and finally the Danish LAN, The Blast 2013 - Fnatic had finished all of these events 2nd, being defeated by VeryGames, Ninjas in Pyjamas and Copenhagen Wolves.
Shortly after The Blast 2013, stingeR had left Fnatic and decided to hang up his mouse into retirement. This would cause karrigan to make a return to Fnatic after failing to achieve much success in mousesports. Despite bringing back their former in-game leader, Fnatic would continue finishing with poor results and mainly failing to make it to playoffs at most events they would participate in. Most notably, Fnatic would finish DreamHack Summer 2013 with the same placing as they did in the winter, whilst they would mark themselves a semifinal final in EMS One: Summer 2013 LAN finals, before falling to VeryGames. Shortly after the events of ESL Major Series One, along with MODDII leaving for Epsilon Esports, Fnatic would decide to disband their CS:GO lineup, releasing all of their remaining players. Friis and Xyp9x would move over to Copenhagen Wolves, karrigan would join up with the German Playing Ducks, whilst trace decided to retire.
August 2013 - June 2014 (JW, flusha, znajder, Devilwalk, MODDII, pronax)
In August of 2013, roughly a month after releasing their old Danish team, Fnatic would make their return to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with the ex-Epsilon Esports lineup, SY_b. This lineup would again field MODDII, originally as the in-game leader alongside the Swedish up and comers, Jesper "JW" Wecksell, Robin "flusha" Rönnquist, Andreas "schneider" Lindberg and Jonatan "Devilwalk" Lundberg. As none of the players had previously played the in-gamer leader role that well, the role was interchanged between MODDII, flusha, and Devilwalk, from event to event. After having problems with role recognition, most namely the in-game leader, as well as failing to get the results Fnatic wanted, MODDII was again released from the team and replaced by a dedicated in-game leader, Markus "pronax" Wallsten. After the addition of pronax, the team began to improve slowly, getting fairly decent placings by the end of the year, first of all with a 2nd place at MSI Beat IT 2013 falling to VeryGames and then one miraculous result arrived...
Valve had announced their first sponsored event for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which would take place at DreamHack Winter 2013. Swedish rivals, Ninjas in Pyjamas, alongside Fnatic's cryptonite, VeryGames, were the two favorites to win the major. Fnatic would be pitched in Group A at the annually Swedish event, alongside fellow Swedish lineup LGB eSports, as well as Natus Vincere and Clan-Mystik, reigning from Ukraine and France respectively. Fnatic would take a 2-0 in their group with fairly easy wins against Na`Vi and Clan-Mystik. Later in the playoffs, they would face Recursive eSports, also coming from France; they would convincingly win 2-1 despite having a shaky match all around. They would later face compLexity Gaming from the United States, after upsetting Astana Dragons on their end - winning by far their easiest Best-of-Three in the tournament, before facing their Swedish rivals in the grand finals. Fnatic would pick Dust II, with Ninjas in Pyjamas picking Inferno whilst the decider was Train. Fnatic was down 12-3 on their CT side against Ninjas in Pyjamas on Dust II, but they would eventually come back with a 13-2 half on the T side, winning the map 16-14. Inferno would later be an easy map for Ninjas in Pyjamas, as Fnatic would lose 16-6, before making it to Train where Fnatic ultimately stomped their rivals to the ground, winning the map 16-2 in order to claim their first and only LAN tournament of the year. Fnatic would take home $100,000 and obtain legend status for Valve's next sponsored event, EMS One: Katowice 2014.
Not a lot had happened in the Fnatic camp before the next Valve major, after only playing a few smaller events prior. Moving into Katowice 2014, however, Fnatic would be pitched into Group C, with Team Dignitas (formerly Copenhagen Wolves), Reason Gaming, and Team iBUYPOWER. Fnatic would initially fall against Reason Gaming in the opener but they would come back and out of the group stage 2-1 with a victory against Team iBUYPOWER and later get Reason back after their first loss. The quarterfinal would not be so strong against their fellow Swedes, LGB eSports as Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer's team would take the advantage over Fnatic and his arch-foe, schneider. Fnatic would fall out of the major in fifth to eighth place as LGB eSports would advance further into the tournament. Despite having fairly decent results post-major, Fnatic's team of Swedes would only finish with a record of quarterfinals or 3rd places at most and even a 2nd place at some point. This would all fall down once DreamHack Summer 2014 took place, losing to SK Gaming in the group stage's opener match before defeating London Conspiracy to then be defeated by SK Gaming once again. Shortly after the events of the event in question, Fnatic would attend ESPORTSM 2013/2014 and take the trophy over Ninjas in Pyjamas. Following this, schneider and Devilwalk were removed from the Fnatic lineup.
June 2014 - November 2015 (JW, flusha, pronax, olofmeister, KRIMZ)
On June 30th, 2014. Fnatic had announced a fairly big roster change, resulting in schneider being kicked from Fnatic, whilst Devilwalk would move into a coaching role within the team - to make room for former LGB eSports members olofmeister and Freddy "KRiMZ" Johansson. Their first LAN debut would take place in London, at Gfinity G3 where Fnatic would top their group with a 4-1-0 record. They would later defeat mousesports 2-1 in the quarterfinals, before falling to Titan in the semifinal. The next event after Gfinity would be ESL One: Cologne 2014, the next Valve major which would take place at the annually Gamescom event along with Valve's new official map pool introducing the removal of Train. The event would pan out with Fnatic being placed into Group C, alongside previous major champion Virtus.pro, Team iBUYPOWER and dAT Team. Fnatic would defeat iBUYPOWER then take the 2-0 seed over Virtus.pro after a successful overtime victory. Moving into the playoffs, Fnatic would match up against Natus Vincere where the Swedes would win 2-1 in a fairly close affair before facing Team Dignitas in the semifinal, convincingly winning 2-0 before facing Ninjas in Pyjamas in the grand final. The final against NiP would turn out to be a different beast than it was at the previous major grand final Fnatic appeared in, Fnatic would lose the first map, Cobblestone - NiP's new good map. Fnatic would get a very good map out of Cache before falling to the Ninjas on Inferno, denying their second Major victory.
In the aftermath of Cologne, Fnatic would go straight back to work, securing themselves many victories, a few 2nd places and even some top 4's at some tournaments. One of the most notable victories during this time before the next major in November that year was ESWC 2014 where they would defeat the new Team LDLC.com lineup, built to be the French superteam with the aim of defeating the strong Swedes. Their plans had failed due to also losing Fragbite Masters Season 3 shortly after, but moving into DreamHack Winter 2014, they had gotten their sweet revenge. When the major began, Fnatic were placed into Group A with HellRaisers, Cloud9 and Bravado Gaming. Fnatic's first matchup would be against the South African invited lineup of Bravado Gaming who they would easily win against, before facing HellRaisers with a slightly upgraded facelift (with the addition of s1mple, who attended ESWC 2014 with the Ukrainian lineup and B1ad3 acting as the team's coach for the tournament) - the team they would fall against, losing their ideal 1st place in the group. Due to this, Fnatic had to face fellow legend team Cloud9 for the battle of who keeps their legend status. Fnatic managed to fight it out and they proceeded to the quarterfinals, defeating Cloud9. Due to Team LDLC.com, Fnatic's new French rivals gaining a 1st place in their group over Fnatic's Swedish rivals, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Fnatic would be forced to play against the French team for a spot in the semifinals.
Fnatic had not had the best Dust II to start off the series against Team LDLC.com, losing the map 16-10, though they would come back on Cache winning the map 16-8. It was on Overpass when the pressure really hit the Swedes and due to the nature of the new map arriving in the tournament map pool, everything was not up to scratch and there were bound to be exploited to play around and work with. Team LDLC.com had a couple of tricks up their sleeves and they managed to secure a 12-3 half on their CT side. Fnatic had no choice but to make a comeback to prevent losing to their French rivals, but they would lose the pistol round after switching sides. Team LDLC.com were up 13-3, with only 3 rounds left to win. The one thing Team LDLC.com did not expect, however, was when Fnatic force bought up moving into the 17th round, but olofmeister was equipped with the SSG 08 (otherwise known as the Scout). JW, olofmeister and KRiMZ had set up a boost no-one had ever thought of in the current iteration of Overpass at the time. JW was set up on the truck near the barrier, whilst olofmeister had sat next to the barrier to let KRiMZ jump into a "pixel walk" for which olofmeister would boost onto JW to then jump on top of KRiMZ to then see over the covered off area. That was when wonders began to happen, olofmeister would put his scout to use and he would begin to pop Team LDLC.com's players' heads off to help keep them into the game. Later as the money began to build up, olofmeister would upgrade to the SCAR-20 auto sniper to take enemies down even quicker than before and by the blink of an eye, Fnatic took the lead and ended up closing out the map 16-13, initially eliminating Team LDLC.com.
In the aftermath of the Best-of-Three series Fnatic and LDLC had played, LDLC had complained about the match as it was found that Fnatic were taking advantage of a pixel-walk deemed illegal in DreamHack's competition. Originally, the 2nd half was to be replayed, but it was later decided that the whole map was to be replayed as Fnatic had complained about a boost LDLC had performed earlier in the match. Neither of the teams wanted to replay the map, and so Fnatic decided to forfeit the last map giving Team LDLC.com a default win allowing them to progress further into the tournament. This moment, in particular, was very popular and olofmeister was also given the nickname of "Boostmeister" for performing this boost.
After DreamHack Winter 2014, Fnatic had one last tournament to play before ending the year and that was the ESEA Season 17 Invite LAN finals, which they would convincingly win over Virtus.pro, their Polish rivals. Despite falling into the lower bracket after losing to Virtus.pro in the upper bracket final, Fnatic had managed to defeat Team iBUYPOWER to make it into the grand final where they would have to play a 3xBo3, with Virtus.pro having already secured one Best-of-Three due to coming from the upper bracket. Fnatic would win the first Best-of-Three 2-0 before eventually winning the tournament after winning their second Best-of-Three series eventually closing out the final 2-1 in Best-of-Threes won.
Moving into 2015, Fnatic would start off rusty but they would shift back into the fifth gear shortly after. Securing a 4th place in MLG X Games Aspen Invitiational and 1st place in the North American Clutch Con 2015 before being obliterated online in StarLadder StarSeries XII for a last-place finish. Things would begin to shine up once again as Fnatic would chain together tournament victories going into Valve's fifth major, ESL One: Katowice 2015 - one of the majors that contributed to Fnatic's back-to-back majors. To begin, Fnatic would make their way into Group A and faced off against Vox Eminor from Australia and once again, Natus Vincere to secure themselves a 1st place spot in the group. Moving into the quarterfinals, they would face PENTA Sports who they would win 2-0 against before facing their Polish rivals and home crowd heroes, Virtus.pro, who they would also defeat 2-0. Moving into the grand final, they would rematch Ninjas in Pyjamas once again and this time Fnatic would take the series 2-1 to secure Fnatic a 2nd major victory, alongside JW, flusha and pronax's 2nd major victory whilst it is olofmeister and KRiMZ's first major victory. Shortly after the major, Fnatic would have a slightly rough period of time but would still consistently hold the top 4's and better. They would also suffer from the losses of Team SoloMid's, their cryptonite in this day and age. Fnatic had recovered and managed to win their next tournament a few weeks down the road securing a 1st place at DreamHack Open Tours 2015 over the home crowd favourites, Team EnVyUs (The new home for Team LDLC.com's former players). The following week, they would secure a victory at Gfinity Spring Masters 2 in London over Virtus.pro.
The second half of 2015 would begin to be much more eventful for Fnatic than ever before, as tournament prize pools would expand to be as big as the major's prize pools were. Within the summer, Fnatic's best results would be winning ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 Finals (the new name for ESEA Invite after ESL and ESEA joined forces), as well as winning their second major for the year, also being the other major to contribute to the back-to-back achievement - ESL One: Cologne 2015. Cologne 2015 proved to be a very big event for not just Fnatic but everyone else, though Fnatic were the main favourites in this case. Fnatic would be placed into Group C with Natus Vincere, Titan and Team eBettle. Fnatic would at first best Team eBettle with a 16-2 before defeating Natus Vincere with a 1st place in the group, preventing them of having to play in the second group stage which was held and so they made it straight to the playoffs. In the quarterfinal, Fnatic would be pitched up against Luminosity Gaming from Brazil, who they defeated 2-0, before facing Virtus.pro in the semifinal - that being a fairly rough series to best. Virtus.pro would win the first map, they would later tie their score 13-13 on Inferno, before taking a tactical pause which would bring them up to 13-14 but Fnatic would bring it back and win 16-14. Fnatic would later win Cobblestone to secure a grand final spot against Team EnVyUs. The grand final against Team EnVyUs would at first be a very rough one on Dust II until a pause was called on Fnatic's side to enable them to claw back into the map where they would win the first map 19-15. They would later stomp EnVyUs on Cobblestone 16-7 to win their major third major, adding another major to the players' belts.
After Cologne 2015, Fnatic would begin to lose stability again and they would fail to win anything notable, in fact, their results started to deter and eventually their top four streaks had ended by DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015, the next major which happened two months after. Fnatic's group was rough, having to play Vexed Gaming (previously Team eBettle) and winning, later to lose to Luminosity Gaming before defeating Cloud9 in the group decider to advance to the playoffs. Fnatic's major journey would come to an end in the quarterfinals after a difficult series against Team EnVyUs. Not long after, pronax was released from the lineup and Dennis "dennis" Edman was introduced into the team, and not as the team's in-game leader as thought. Instead flusha was tasked with the in-game leading role and took over the vacant role left by pronax.
November 2015 - August 2016 (JW, flusha, olofmeister, KRIMZ, dennis)
Following the addition of dennis, Fnatic would win six straight LAN tournaments, going into the spring of 2016. The tournaments ranged from FACEIT 2015 Stage 3 Finals at DreamHack Winter 2015 in Sweden, up to Intel Extreme Masters X - World Championship in Poland. After the 6 LAN win streak, things started to get sour for Fnatic with the uprising of olofmeister's wrist injury and with the other top teams catching up to Fnatic's strategies. Moving into MLG Major Championship: Columbus, Fnatic had secured a very easy victory against the North American Splyce, before falling to Team Liquid in a close double overtime, and eventually faced FaZe Clan who they would best 2-0 to secure a playoff spot. Due to Fnatic's 2nd place seeding, they would play against Astralis (formerly of Team SoloMid) in the quarterfinal and due to the fact that Astralis had played Fnatic a few times prior to the major, Astralis had quite a few new plans up their sleeve since their last matchup. Despite a decent showing on Overpass, Astralis would close out the map before taking down Fnatic quite easily in Cache ending Fnatic's LAN streak.
Shortly after the American major, Fnatic was set to go to DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016, but had decided to withdraw due to olofmeister's wrist injury. They later introduced a new solution for the time being by adding in Niclas "PlesseN" Plessen, a young, up and coming talent in Sweden which their coach Viktor "vuggo" Jendeby had discovered. PlesseN was deployed in olofmeister's place as soon as possible for Fnatic's online games at the time, but they were struggling greatly without olofmeister's abilities to help them win. Fnatic had decided to release PlesseN after a while, where he would later join Fnatic Academy a few months down the road. John "wenton" Eriksson was acquired straight from Team Preparation to fill in the gaps, a more experienced player and some of the Fnatic players had played with wenton prior. Fnatic would safely qualify for ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals with wenton, who they would end up using at the LAN and would place themselves in the top 4 before falling to G2 Esports (formerly Titan). Shortly after, ELEAGUE Season 1 was on the horizon and it was deemed that olofmeister was getting better, well enough to play again though not at his best. And so, Fnatic attended ELEAGUE with olofmeister with wenton attending as an analyst. After a successful week in Atlanta, Fnatic would return to using olofmeister in their starting lineup, leaving wenton as an indefinite stand-in. Despite olofmeister returning to the starting lineup, Fnatic would still suffer from semifinal finishes, finishing ECS Season 1 Finals to G2 Esports yet again, and also the ninth major, ESL One: Cologne 2016 to Spencer "Hiko" Martin and Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev's Team Liquid by miraculous upset.
Later on in the month, Fnatic would have to fly back to Atlanta to finish off ELEAGUE which had moved into the playoff stages at this point. Fnatic would defeat Team EnVyUs before facing Natus Vincere, who they would have an easy time with, before eventually taking on Virtus.pro, who they would ultimately lose to. With dennis in the lineup, Fnatic had not lost a grand final up until this point. Even shortly after the events of ELEAGUE, Fnatic decided to split up. Longtime members JW and flusha, joined by KRiMZ would join GODSENT, pronax's new team where they would reunite together alongside former teammate znajder (formerly known as schneider).
August 2016 - Febuary 2017 (olofmeister, dennis, twist, disco doplan, wenton, PlesseN, KRIMZ)
In the aftermath of ELEAGUE Season 1, Fnatic were left with olofmeister, dennis and their stand-in wenton. vuggo at this point had stepped down to become the team's manager, therefore he was replaced by former Fnatic Counter-Strike 1.6 player, Magnus "Magix" Berndtsson's younger brother, Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson - who had coached Escape Gaming prior to joining Fnatic where his older brother played a decade before. Joining olofmeister and dennis would be wenton who was brought in as a permanent player. Simon "twist" Eliasson and Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson also joined Fnatic from pronax's team GODSENT. Originally, Jumpy would function as a coach and in-game leader, a trend originally started by Natus Vincere's former player and at the time coach, Sergey "starix" Ischuk. Also due to replacing the majority of their lineup, Fnatic had lost their legend status from the most recent major to GODSENT.
Due to the coaching restrictions put in place as of September 2016, Jumpy would not be able to in-game lead from his coaching perspective and for the upcoming ESL One: New York 2016, wenton was given a shot of being the in-game leader - a role he has never played before. Despite being the team's first LAN debut since losing JW, flusha and KRiMZ, the team had done fairly well. They would at first lose to Virtus.pro in the first round of the swiss group but would later defeat OpTic Gaming and Astralis before playing Team Liquid in the fourth round. Fnatic would've had to defeat Team Liquid to advance to the semifinals, whilst also eliminating the North American team, though Team Liquid had won which had caused another game to begin after. This extra game was essentially a rematch which Team Liquid had won again, eliminating Fnatic from the group stage.
Despite having 1st placed ESL Pro League Season 4 - Europe online, Fnatic's LAN results would begin to fray and they would end up losing to Team Dignitas in the round-of-six at EPICENTER 2016. Lekr0 and KRiMZ would later be swapped back to their original teams, returning Fnatic their legend status from Cologne while also preventing them from having to qualify for the up and coming major in Atlanta. After the announcement of KRiMZ's return to Fnatic, it was announced that Fnatic would not be attending the LAN finals of ESL Pro League Season 4 in Brazil due to personal problems with one of their players. The announcement also mentioned that dennis would be unable to play in ELEAGUE Season 2 for just the group stage due to personal problems. Later down the line, wenton was kicked and replaced with former Epsilon Esports player Joakim "disco doplan" Gidetun, being one of the first from his pack to have joined an elite team. The only LAN that Fnatic would play with disco doplan for the rest of the year was ELEAGUE Season 2 which they would play with their coach Jumpy as their in-game leader due to dennis being absent. Despite this, dennis would not be able to participate at all due to Fnatic failing to make it out of the groups. Fnatic at first managed to defeat OpTic Gaming in overtime in the opener before falling to Team Dignitas in the winner's match, while OpTic Gaming had gotten revenge and made it out of the groups over the Swedes.
Moving into 2017, Fnatic would only play one more LAN with this lineup at the ELEAGUE Major in Atlanta - this time with dennis as the in-game leader. Despite Fnatic having a rough start from losing to G2 Esports in the first swiss round, Fnatic would claw back and complete their group 3-1 with victories against North, mousesports and Team EnVyUs. Fnatic would be set to play against Gambit's fairly new lineup with former Natus Vincere in-game leader Daniil "Zeus" Teslenko and Tengri loanee Abay "HObbit" Khasenov. Fnatic would end up winning the series 2-1 before facing Astralis in the semifinals who they would fall to 2-0.
February 2017 - August 2017 (Reunion: olofmeister, dennis, KRIMZ, flusha, JW)
Prior to the ELEAGUE Major taking place, it was speculated that JW and flusha would make their return from GODSENT back to Fnatic in place of twist and disco doplan. This indeed happened in February, around two weeks after the major took place. JW returned as the main AWPer while flusha had returned as the in-game leader like in the previous lineup. This meant that the original Fnatic lineup prior to the GODSENT swaps had returned, whilst twist and disco doplan were traded to GODSENT. Despite the new-old lineup forming, Fnatic's results were not the same as they were before and despite slowly improving, a lot of Fnatic's results were group stage exits with the odd quarterfinal at StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 and PGL Major Kraków 2017. Despite the poor results, Fnatic were only lucky enough to secure themselves a second place against SK Gaming (formerly Luminosity Gaming) at DreamHack Summer 2017.
August 2017 - Present (KRIMZ, JW, flusha, Golden, Lekr0, Xizt, Draken, Twist)
Fnatic had introduced a new lineup in August of 2017, originally with olofmeister being acquired by FaZe Clan as speculated, being replaced by former Fnatic Academy in-game leader Maikil "Golden" Selim, while dennis would swap teams with Lekr0. dennis would join GODSENT while Lekr0 would once again return back to Fnatic, reuniting with former GODSENT teammates JW and flusha but also teaming up with new teammates KRiMZ and Golden.
Fnatic's first debut with the new lineup would be DreamHack Masters Malmö 2017, the event which the Swedish team would miss out on the year previous due to olofmeister's wrist injury. To hype up the first LAN debut, Fnatic also came in with blue jerseys with the Swedish flag on to represent their home country with their home crowd. This did not last long, however, as Fnatic, being one of the lineups to replace 2/5 players, were eliminated like the rest (Cloud9, FaZe Clan and mousesports being the other three teams). Fnatic at first would show up strong against Immortals for the opener but would lose 16-14, before defeating Team EnVyUs 16-14 to be able to get revenge on Immortals in the best-of-three decider. The group decider would not go Fnatic's way as they would lose to Immortals on both Cache and Train, securing the Brazilian side a spot in the quarterfinals. Fnatic's next LAN debut ended up being ELEAGUE Season 4, dubbed as ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017. Fnatic would be placed in Group B where they would play North, Immortals and mousesports. Fnatic would at first lose to North in a very close best-of-one, before facing mousesports who they won 2-1 against, before they would face Immortals using Counter-Strike 1.6 legend, Raphael "cogu" Camargo as a stand-in. Fnatic would nonetheless convincingly win 2-0 against the Brazilians as their payback from being eliminated from Malmö against their full lineup. Moving into the quarterfinals of the event in Atlanta, Fnatic would fall 2-0 to Astralis.
After a couple of months down in the dumps, Fnatic would prove themselves as a dangerous contender once again online (which they were already doing prior to ELEAGUE), and they were able to convert their online success on LAN. At the end of 2017 they would place 4th at WESG 2017 Europe Finals, and reach the top four at the two more prestigious tournaments, ESL Pro League Season 6: Finals and ECS Season 4 - Finals where they would fall to FaZe Clan both times. Moving into 2018, Fnatic's first tournament was ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018, claiming another legends status spot for the twelfth consecutive time, beating a weak Virtus.pro and Astralis, as well as a struggling Gambit Esports (the defending champions of the previous major) - all who were eliminated in the New Legends Stage. They would then fall to SK Gaming in the quarterfinals who were fielding João "felps" Vasconcellos as a stand-in due to the major's roster locks, the Swedish force would win Inferno in double overtime but were then shut out by the Brazilians on Overpass in close fashion before then being wiped out on Mirage with SK taking the last semifinal spot.
In the aftermath of the major, the team would have an incredibly atrocious showing at StarLadder & i-League StarSeries Season 4 where they would go out in last place in the best-of-three Swiss group, only winning one map, being their opening map against their first opponent, Gambit Esports (who had replaced Bektiyar "fitch" Bahytov for Denis "seized" Kostin). They would then get shut out by TyLoo, who had recently brought on Kevin "xccurate" Suzanto, before falling to Renegades in their first ever match against each other. It was said that the team had spent their time before their next tournament, IEM XII World Championship, without talking to each other until they met again in Poland. This tournament would show drastic improvements compared to how they played in Kiev as they would defeat Heroic, G2 Esports, and even FaZe Clan to make it out of groups and. This brought them straight into the semifinals, facing off against Team Liquid, whom had defeated Fnatic's countrymen in Ninjas in Pyjamas (now fielding former Fnatic player, dennis). Fnatic would prevail and win the series 2-0 before facing FaZe Clan in the grand finals. The match against FaZe Clan would be a thriller best-of-five series as the European lineup would dominate the Swedes on Cache before Fnatic woke up and defeated them on Inferno in double overtime. Overpass would then be a very close game in the first half, as Fnatic would be up 6-0 but with the help of Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács' 1 versus 5 clutch with the AWP at 6-2, Fnatic would only win two more rounds in the half. After the first half, Fnatic would end up closing out Overpass without letting FaZe win another round. FaZe would then turn the tables again on Mirage, with hopes of eventually taking the series off Fnatic. Mirage was merely contested upon, which led to Train becoming a do-or-die time for Fnatic. Train would end up being an incredibly close map for both halves, as FaZe was up 15-14 and out of nowhere, flusha gets an ace clutch to bring the map into overtime, which Fnatic would take to win the series and the tournament. IEM XII World Championship was the first time the Swedish team won a tournament in just over two years, with their last victory being at IEM X World Championship, as well as their biggest prize yet. This would then continue at WESG 2017 where Fnatic would whizz through the first group stage and a more tedious second group stage to make into the quarterfinals, which was a stage that provided a challenge by the Korean MVP PK. Fnatic would beat the Koreans after a tight first map and an easy second map before facing Team One (who had upset Cloud9 in their previous match), in which the Brazilians would easily give Fnatic an entrance to the grand final where they would face Space Soldiers. The grand final against Space Soldiers would not be an easy one, similar to their previous tournament. After drawing 1-1 in the series, Fnatic would find themselves in a difficult position as the Turkish force found themselves in the lead at 14-7, but the Swedish allies would excel and make the comeback to win 16-14 for their grand $800,000 prize. As of 2017, this was the biggest prize in a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament ever. During this time, former Fnatic 1.6 member, Richard "Xizt" Landström was reportedly set to replace Golden on the lineup after dennis replaced him on Ninjas in Pyjamas, however, the deal had fallen through and the team since decided to stick with the Golden ticket until he signed with Cloud9 in early August.
|Sam Mathews||Chairman & Co-Founder|
|Samuelsson||Andreas Samuelsson||Manager||2017-08-20 |
|Jens Hofer||Sports Psychologist||2019-04-10 |
|ID||Name||Position||Join Date||Leave Date||New Organization|
|vuggo||Viktor Jendeby||Manager||2016-08-22 ||2017-07-03 ||Fragbite.se|
- Fnatic has been the last organization many of their former players have played under, including the likes of dsn, cArn and Gux.
- Fnatic have been most known for fielding a resume of legendary Swedish players such as f0rest and olofmeister - often very well remembered from their time representing the team.
- Fnatic were one of the best Counter-Strike teams in the years 2009, 2014 and 2015.
- Fnatic are the first team to win a major on home soil (DreamHack Winter 2013 in Jönköping, Sweden).
- Fnatic currently holds the record for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major championships won, winning three (DreamHack Winter 2013, ESL One: Katowice 2015 and ESL One: Cologne 2015). They are also the only organization to have won back-to-back titles, being the latter two aforementioned events.
- Fnatic's former four-player core consisting of JW, flusha, olofmeister and KRIMZ is considered to be the best of all time in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The former Luminosity/SK four-man core of FalleN, fer, coldzera and TACO were very closely behind almost overtaking them.
- Fnatic have had the biggest and longest "Legend status" streak, of 12 consecutive majors. They first obtained "Legend status" from the first major, DreamHack Winter 2013 up until ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018. They lost their "Legend status" at FACEIT Major: London 2018 where they fell to HellRaisers 2:1 in the group stage decider before making the playoffs. The organization behind them are Virtus.pro who were able to hold their "Legend status" for 10 majors in a row.
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