fnatic and GODSENT change three
GODSENT have brought in fnatic's trio of Jesper "JW" Wecksell, Robin "flusha" Rönnquist and Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson, the organization has just announced. Meanwhile, Simon "twist" Elliason, Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson and John "wenton" Eriksson have joined fnatic.
The move sees four players of the original fnatic roster that won the first Major, DreamHack Winter 2013, reunited under the GODSENT banner, as Jesper "JW" Wecksell and Robin "flusha" Rönnquist join up with Andreas "znajder" Lindberg and Markus "pronax" Wallsten once again.
znajder disconnected from the core in mid-2014, when he and Jonatan "Devilwalk" Lundberg were replaced by Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer and Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson in the starting roster. In late 2015, pronax followed suit and created Ancient (and later on the GODSENT organization) with his former fnatic teammate.
Four out of five DreamHack Winter 2013 Major champions have reunited in GODSENT
After almost exactly three years KRIMZ and olofmeister are separated, as they've played alongside each other since the creation of LGB in August 2013. Simon "twist" Eliasson was also part of LGB in 2014 and is thus rejoining olofmeister and Dennis "dennis" Edman after more than two years.
The changes come after a drop in form in fnatic, who dominated the scene from December to March, winning six events in a row in those four months, but since haven't been able to add any trophies despite multiple deep tournament runs.
GODSENT's semi-final finish at DreamHack Masters Malmö remains to be their best result since the creation of the team, with another 3rd-4th placing at DreamHack Open Summer, 4th place at SL i-League Invitational #1 and most importantly an underwhelming 5th-6th at the European Minor prior to Cologne.
According to a release from GODSENT, all players will soon become co-owners of the organization, thus following in Astralis' footsteps as another player-owned organization.
"The day I never thought would come is sadly here, my departure from fnatic, after 3 years of blood, sweat and Monster we are closing a chapter." Wecksell said in a statement.
"Our results have not been satisfying to all of us lately and I guess you can say that these internal pressures test friendships, unfortunately we did not pass that test. What we achieved over the years together can only be described as amazing, with some of the most enjoyable moments of my life… Thank you to all who’ve been a part of that journey."
GODSENT now have:
Alexander "rdl" Redl (coach)
While fnatic's new lineup is:
Viktor "vuggo" Jendeby (coach)
As organizations retain ESL Pro League spots, fnatic's new roster will take part in the fourth season, while GODSENT will field their new lineup in the Wild Card match against Virtus.pro at 20:00, which will decide the last team in the European division.
GODSENT are however in posession of a spot at the next Major, which is expected to take place in January, as the three-man core secured top four at ESL One Cologne last month.