Fnatic, one of the legendary CS:GO teams, winners of Major tournaments, called the best team in the world at one time, had its foundations shaken up recently. Changes kinda needed to happen after the recent slumpy drought without titles started to impede Fnatic legacy. Any other team would be praised if they made top 4 in five Premier events in a row. Not Fnatic. Fnatic is slumping when they do that. And when a team is slumping, it needs a roster change, obviously.
According to the official statement on fnatic.com, recent results and “failures” resulted in strife becoming more and more noticeable in the team, culminating in a state of affairs, where players couldn’t fix the problems and become a single unit, eliminating the split team dynamic. When it was finally acknowledged that the problems won’t be solved adequately, the Fnatic management began looking for other alternatives.
A way to fix the situation presented itself when Fnatic contacted GODSENT and their Captain, as well as former Fnatic player, Markus “pronax” Wallsten. Following some intense negotiation, a deal was made, where Jesper “JW” Wecksell, Robin “flusha” Rönnquist, and Freddy “KRiMZ” Johansson joined GODSENT, to compete for the team together with Andreas “znajder” Lindberg and pronax, while Simon “twist” Eliasson and Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson are to move to Fnatic, which will have its missing player spot taken by John “wenton” Eriksson.
Concerning the implications of the massive roster changes, immediately after I saw the reports of the roster swap, I thought that Fnatic’s kinda fucked. It might not be the case, however. While twist and Lekr0 don’t have the star power of KRiMZ, JW, and flusha, they are talented upcoming players with a high skill ceiling. It all depends on how they manage to actually reach it. If they can reach their final form, who knows, Fnatic might actually even be a little bit stronger than they were prior to the trade. It’s a very big if, however. GODSENT should get a boost from the addition of the three former Fnatic players, though. Especially when you remember that they used to play with pronax, so they should get used to how things are done on GODSENT quickly.
Finally, the last matter to discuss is that GODSENT is implying that its players are also shareholders and co-founders, Astralis-style. It’s weird because GODSENT was an org before the Fnatic players joined it. Did they buy into it, increasing its capital or what? More information about this would be extremely welcome, though I would say that a real player-owned organization would be a very nice thing indeed.