fnatic have announced via their website that they have completed the signing of Markus "pronax" Wallsten from n!faculty.
The news comes just a week after the ESWC finals in Paris, where fnatic were sent packing in the quarter-finals following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of VeryGames, who would go on to finish in second place.
It was the latest of a series of disappointing results from the former Epsilon team, who were signed by fnatic in August following a runners-up finish at DreamHack Summer.
MODDII out of fnatic once again
With the MSI Beat It Finals and DreamHack Winter just around the corner, fnatic have decided to stir things up a little bit by replacing longtime member Andreas "MODDI" Fridh with Markus "pronax" Wallsten from n!faculty.
In his official statement to fnatic.com, Fridh did not reveal what lies ahead for him, but the former 1.6 ace stressed that he will continue to play.
"It is time for me to say goodbye once more to the fnatic family, everything isn't always easy but sometimes you need to think what is best for all parts," Fridh told fnatic’s website.
"I would like to thank all the fnatic members for always being there and support everything I've done and always being so professional.
"Big thanks to Patrik and Anne for just being really awesome. Take care all of you guys out there and I wish the new Fnatic team all the luck in the future hope we will meet on the battlefield!"
Fnatic’s Chief Gaming Officer, Patrik "cArn" Sättermon, also commented on the move, saying:
"For quite some time we have been struggling with defining the player roles and responsibilities in our CS:GO division," Sättermon noted.
"Particularly we have not achieved as good as we would like to with the in-game leadership.This has affected the chemistry of the team to an extent that we do not see any other solution than to make room for an experienced leader, something we believe we are finding in Markus "pronax" Wallsten who is joining our ranks with immediate effect.
"On a sadder note the addition of Pronax means that we are forced to bid farewell to our longest serving member, Andreas “Moddii” Frid”. Even though we believe that this is the right choice in order optimize our chances of future success and balance within the group, Andreas experience and skills will certainly be missed.
"On behalf of the Fnatic organisation I would like to extend our thanks to n!faculty for being so cooperative with the player transfer, and best of luck to Moddii in the future.
"The next time you will see the Fnatic CS:GO team led by Pronax in action will be at the MSI Beat it grand-finals in Beijing next weekend."
fnatic's first event with the new lineup will be the MSI Beat It World Finals, which will take place from November 23rd to 24th, in China, with $22,000 up for grabs in the tournament.
fnatic's CS:GO roster is now:
Jesper "jw" Wecksell
Jonatan "devilwalk" Lundberg
Andreas "schneider" Lindberg
Robin "flusha" Rönnquist
Markus "pronax" Wallsten