Following the meltdown of the longstanding Fnatic roster after ESL One Cologne 2016, the team was in a bad spot after three of their players moved to GODSENT, taking the Major invite with them. When the Fnatic threesome failed to do anything worthwhile on GODSENT, one of its members, Freddy “KRiMZ” Johansson moved back to Fnatic, tipping the Major invite’s scale in Fnatic’s favor.
Now, with the spot in the upcoming ELEAGUE Major guaranteed, time came to try and improve the roster to have a chance of at least making it out of groups and retaining the Legend status in the future. With that goal, Fnatic got rid of John “wenton” Eriksson, replacing him with Joakim “disco doplan” Gidetun. You would have to be extremely brave or painfully foolish to argue that wenton is a good enough player to help Fnatic get back to their place among the top CS:GO teams in the world. At best, he is a decent substitute to put a metaphorical tourniquet above a bleeding wound in the team’s roster when someone can’t play due to injury.
Is disco doplan any better, however? While the former Epsilon eSports player was one of the cornerstones of his former team’s wins, the fact of the matter is that he did not play against the kinds of teams Fnatic is sure to face at the ELEAGUE Major while on Epsilon. Fortunately, we HAVE seen disco doplan play against teams like FaZe Clan and EnVyUs when he was substituting on Ninjas in Pyjamas in several matches before being replaced by Mikail “Maikelele” Bill. As part of NiP, disco doplan actually carried his own weight, getting a rating a little bit over 1.00 overall.
Granted, that’s not the level of performance one would expect from a savior of Fnatic. Still, he should at least be an upgrade from wenton. The addition also brings a certain interesting feature to the Fnatic roster, as pointed out by Duncan “Thorin” Shields. With disco doplan, Fnatic now have 4 players who used to play as the second AWPer at one time or another. The analyst goes on to point out that Fnatic could easily fall into the trap of forcing too many double AWP rounds.
It’s hard to say whether disco doplan is the right person to bring Fnatic over the hump they are trying to climb over, however, with veterans like Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer, Dennis “dennis” Edman, and even Freddy “KRiMZ” Johansson, the rookie could learn a lot and grow into his role as a team. He still has some time to do it, the next Major is set for January.