Looking back: fnatic after pronax

fnatic's lineup which they have kept together since the November of 2015 broke up as the core of the team went to GODSENT. Here is what they achieved together and why their story came to a close.

The best roster not to have won a Major trophy just disbanded following a dominant beginning during the post-Markus "pronax" Wallsten era in which Robin "flusha" Rönnquist & company won six LAN events in a row. The Swedes were then struck down with Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer's injury, resulting in neither him nor the team ever bouncing back.

While olofmeister and Dennis "dennis" Edman stayed with fnatic, rounding out their roster with Simon "twist" Eliasson, Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson, and John "wenton" Eriksson; Jesper "JW" Wecksell, flusha, and Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson joined their former in-game leader pronax and former fnatic player Andreas "znajder" Lindberg in GODSENT, therefore making GODSENT more fnatic than fnatic. The Legends Major status moved to GODSENT as the majority of the fnatic players are now a part of the aforementioned organization.


The Swedes made history 

Although the now dissolved roster had a great potential and could have won countless tournaments if they stayed together, we'll never know what they could have accomplished. Instead, we'll take a look at what they already achieved and what lead to this breakup.

The lineup which featured dennis came around after the dominant era of pronax's fnatic ended. Following two Major victories with olofmeister crushing the competition, fnatic lost to Virtus.pro in the semi-finals at ESL ESEA Pro League Invitational taking place in Dubai in September of 2015, fell against Envy in the grand final at Gfinity Champion of Champions, and came third at PGL Season 1 finals in October. The straw that broke the camel's back was the result they got at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca, where they finished 5-8th getting eliminated by the would-be champions: Envy.

First TSM, and then Envy claimed the #1 spot in our Global Team Ranking—powered by EGB.com. The results and the ranking of fnatic would be considered decent for any other top team, but not for fnatic. They were 'the' team. They should have been able to win all those tournaments but they couldn't because pronax's individual performance started to impact the team badly, hence their removing him from the roster and bringing in dennis from G2, a former teammate of KRIMZ and olofmeister back in their LGB days.


pronax's performance did not suffice 

fnatic adapted a more free style after the roster change, unleashing the raw fragging power—highlighted by olofmeister—of the team. In their first LAN match with this lineup, which took place at the end of November, the Swedes decimated Luminosity with a 16-0 victory which they followed up with a 16-4 beatdown of NiP in the group stage at FACEIT League Stage 3 Finals. fnatic went on to win the tournament after defeating Luminosity 2-1 in the grand final. They were back in business.

The second event they attended—Fragbite Masters Season 5 Finals—was in December and fnatic won their first back-to-back tournaments right after the addition of dennis. olofmeister had a commanding performance against NiP in the grand final as he posted unbelievable numbers including a 70:45 KDR and a 1.35 rating. This was the second grand final that olofmeister dominated after pronax left, and it was becoming more and more clear that the new run-and-gun style displayed by the team benefitted him greatly.

flusha & company finished the year with a bang, winning ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 Finals with a 3-2 grand final victory over Natus Vincere. Although the Swedes secured the first two maps of the series, Natus Vincere replied with two of their own and the winner was decided on Cobblestone—olofmeister's domain. fnatic won the map 16-6 as olofmeister posted a 1.51 rating and had a 23:12 KDR. As the year came to an end, olofmeister was still the best player in the world and fnatic were able to regain the #1 spot.


olofmeister found his form after dennis joined 

The Swedish team met Natus Vincere in another grand final at the start of 2016 when they met at the SL i-League StarSeries XIV Finals in Minsk. This one was a bloodbath as fnatic gave up only 10 rounds in total in the best-of-three series, picking up their fourth consecutive LAN trophy. The dominance of fnatic was made particularly clear as they beat Natus Vincere, their biggest rivals at the time, twice in a row—this time without even breaking a sweat.

olofmeister's team won ESL Barcelona—a tournament where three losses got you eliminated—by picking up two victories against Astralis in their last matches. dennis and JW were the ones who carried the load this time around as fnatic became even more scary with all its players being able to step up in crucial moments.

After securing tournament wins in January and February, fnatic won IEM Katowice after defeating Luminosity 3-0 in the grand final. Although two of the maps went to overtime, fnatic emerged victorious with olofmeister's carry performance of 81:57 KDR and 1.31 rating.


fnatic were winning everything before the Major 

The event winning streak was at six and fnatic were about to go into the Major as the clear favorites. They were expected to win their seventh tournament in a row, and adding a Major to that winning streak would one up NiP's 87-0 map streak. What happened next completely threw the team off its trajectory. olofmeister—the best player in the world at the time—sustained a arm injury.

fnatic went to MLG Columbus at the end of March with olofmeister despite his injury. The Swedes finished their group in the second place and bent the knee to Astralis in the quarter-final, losing 2-0. olofmeister, who had a 0.73 rating in the quarter-final was but a shadow of his former self, and he wasn't the only one to underperform. All of fnatic's players had less than a 0.95 rating—a rare instance in which everyone failed to deliver.

The team which was everyone's pick at the Major got eliminated early in the playoffs, but how bad was the damage? Would the injury hinder olofmeister's—and effectively fnatic's—performances going forward?


olofmeister's injury spoiled fnatic's plans 

The answer turned out to be yes, as the team missed DreamHack Masters Malmö and recruited Niclas "PlesseN" Plessen as a stand-in while olofmeister was recovering. The Swedes revised their decision not much later and brought in wenton instead due to PlesseN's lack of experience. They finished the ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals in 3-4th place after losing to G2 in the semi-finals. This was the only LAN tournament they attended without olofmeister, and even without him they managed to reach the semi-finals.

olofmeister returned in the middle of June for the group stage of ELEAGUE Season 1 where his team won their group and advanced to the playoffs. He averaged a 1.24 rating across 11 maps, sending a clear message that he was back.

After the ELEAGUE Season 1 group stage fnatic travelled to London, UK, where they competed at the ECS Season 1 Finals. The Swedes easily got through to the playoffs after beating Cloud9 and TSM. They met G2—a team on the rise and to whom they lost at EPL S3 Finals—in the semi-finals where they came up short, losing 2-16 on Overpass and 13-16 on Dust2.


KRIMZ started to struggle after the streak came to an end

The run-and-gun approach wasn't taking fnatic to its peak anymore. They had at one point in time been able to answer problems with sheer fire power, but eventually the problems they faced as they tried to get opening kills without proper set pieces got to be too much, and they ended up crumbling. They didn't have the same olofmeister who won rounds by himself or an in-game-leader like pronax who could make the right calls on the fly.

The fact that fnatic were drawn into the group of death at ESL One Cologne made the situation even worse for the Swedes, although they managed to finish second in their group by eliminating G2 and FaZe. After beating Gambit in their quarter-final match, s1mple's Liquid, a team notorious for choking, defeated fnatic—the Harvey Specter of CS— 2-0 after coming back from 11-13 deficits on both maps. This was the fourth consecutive tournament in which fnatic failed to reach the grand final. It was like a curse after their six tournament wins in a row.


Their tale ended after the ELEAGUE Season 1 playoffs 

The Swedes finally had the chance to win a huge tournament again after beating Natus Vincere in the semi-finals of the ELEAGUE Season 1 playoffs. They broke the so-called curse by reaching the grand final, although they were ultimately unable to win it against Virtus.pro. The Poles were hungry for the trophy, as well, and they managed to be too much to handle for the Swedes, and thus becoming the nail in the coffin for this fnatic roster.

This lineup could have stayed together and won many other tournaments including a Major in the future. They could have implemented a modest tactical aspect to their playstyle and made it work, but they decided to split up to try their chances with different rosters.

Although this fnatic lineup lack what a lot of fans consider a sign of greatness—a Major championship—, they are without a doubt amongst the top five greatest CS:GO teams of all time. Winning every tournament for four months right after having made roster changes and losing their in-game-leader puts them side to side with the legendary rosters that ruled the scene. Even after olofmeister's injury, they only placed once below top four. While this roster gave us one of the richest legacies so far in CS:GO, it also gave us one of the biggest "what if" questions ever: What if olofmeister had never gotten injured?

* By rolling the cursor over most team names in the text, chronologically accurate lineups will show up.

BenjaCS is a staff writer at HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter.

Sweden Andreas 'znajder' Lindberg
Andreas 'znajder' Lindberg
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1026
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1597
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Sweden Niclas 'PlesseN' Plessen
Niclas 'PlesseN' Plessen
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
740
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1238
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Sweden Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
865
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden John 'wenton' Eriksson
John 'wenton' Eriksson
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
198
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1502
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1087
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
#2
mason | 
Tunisia mason~ 
n1
2016-08-17 17:02
I never like fnatic, but now, when monkeys are on to the top, I wish fnatic to get back to the old form
2016-08-17 23:59
#103
mason | 
Tunisia mason~ 
so racist kurwa , they deserve to be "on to the top" bcuz they worked hard to become a top tier team
2016-08-18 00:00
#104
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Poland Snaiips 
don't throw kurwas at polak m8, you fucked up
2016-08-18 01:35
#105
mason | 
Tunisia mason~ 
rou7 nik zok o5tek l 9a7ba
2016-08-18 01:36
he didnt deserve for rekt with our language
2016-08-18 01:55
#107
mason | 
Tunisia mason~ 
hahahahahahhahahahahahahahha yalkho XD
2016-08-18 01:57
#120
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United Kingdom Rynam 
>kurwa >9a7ba Choose one :D
2016-08-22 19:58
hltv is full of cancer like u
2016-08-31 05:48
good job my friend, iro7 ighsel toilette XD
2016-08-23 22:50
HLTV this is a racist website?????
2016-08-22 01:24
rasisto
2016-08-22 16:12
#121
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Macau Raphpro390 
xD boy was that racist
2016-08-23 13:10
great work Benja ;)
2016-08-17 17:02
weird not mentioning that Valve removed Fnatics best map Inferno tho...
2016-08-17 17:12
even though valve is on the fnatic side..
2016-08-17 23:58
Pronax, a real hero
2016-08-17 17:02
*real human bean
2016-08-19 17:21
#6
suelo | 
Germany siN1337 
n1
2016-08-17 17:02
nice
2016-08-17 17:02
#8
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Finland kAlluYT 
RIP Fnatic
2016-08-17 17:03
ENCE
2016-08-17 23:51
Cx > xD
2016-08-17 17:02
I think the loss of pronax contributed to teams being able to figure out fnatic and counter their style.
2016-08-17 17:03
that's probably why they won 6 tournaments in a row ;>
2016-08-17 18:13
and then stopped winning anything finland brain
2016-08-17 19:13
hmm let's see they stopped winning anything once olofmeister got injured what does that have to do with pronax? fucking dumbass
2016-08-17 19:14
it was unfortunate olofmeister's horrible injury prevented them from winning anything once he got back
2016-08-17 19:14
if you can't see how 2 month absence from their star player affects a team then I feel sorry for you
2016-08-17 19:16
I think the loss of pronax contributed to teams being able to figure out fnatic and counter their style.
2016-08-17 19:19
#96
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Iceland fatboislim 
haha stupid burger
2016-08-17 20:48
#11
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Sweden DEFINEG 
Good post :)
2016-08-17 17:03
wtf is this garbage
2016-08-17 17:02
#14
ZELIN | 
Portugal spmb 
n1
2016-08-17 17:02
#16
Poland wed 
n1
2016-08-17 17:02
#22
fnx | 
Denmark Stefez 
nice
2016-08-17 17:02
1
2016-08-17 17:02
#24
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Croatia MgK1nG 
ok
2016-08-17 17:02
#25
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Cyprus Swishh_ 
[*]
2016-08-17 17:02
#26
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Russia Reph 
pronax was the problem 4Head
2016-08-17 17:02
nice post
2016-08-17 17:02
#40
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Russia rainsjer 
Fnatic>Godsent
2016-08-17 17:03
#42
Europe bueR 
[*] Swedish Dota. I wonder though, who initiated this horrible move? Flusha, JW, Olof?
2016-08-17 17:04
they're better off without him
2016-08-17 17:04
gl olof
2016-08-17 17:09
top 5 of all time? Which rosters are top 1-4 then?
2016-08-17 17:09
It says amongst the five best of all times, not the fifth best of all times.
2016-08-17 17:17
Then I want to know his top 5 even more.
2016-08-17 17:20
#64
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
1- pronax Fnatic 2- SK/LG 3- NIP 2013 4- LDLC/ENVYUS Done.
2016-08-17 17:45
Thank you BenjaCS
2016-08-17 17:46
no way a team consisting friberg or smitzzz can be considered top 5 of anything. and get of with the nip 2013 shit where nip was the only professional team with a headstart. with competition rising in 2014/2015/2016 nip is no real title contender.
2016-08-17 20:07
NiP under LG and SK after having 79-0 in 2013? I don't think so....
2016-08-17 21:06
#113
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
2013 cs consisted of 2 good teams.
2016-08-18 15:08
#114
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Sweden Maoux551 
1.Fnatic 2.NiP 3.LDLC
2016-08-18 22:38
#53
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Latvia Avalank 
GODSENT STICKERS!
2016-08-17 17:10
#56
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Brazil FaZe_Top_One 
GODSENT = OLD FNATIC
2016-08-17 17:18
and without devilwalk, perfect fnatic :D
2016-08-17 21:23
Amazing blog, Read it all. Brought back the memories.
2016-08-17 17:20
#59
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
The end boys?
2016-08-17 17:26
lel i thought it said he was joining fnatic
2016-08-17 17:30
#61
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France Kairos1g 
Now do a "looking back: fnatic after pronax left"
2016-08-17 17:36
That is actually what the article is about lol
2016-08-17 17:49
#74
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France Kairos1g 
ok I hadn't read it yet, thought it would be about how it changed once pronax joined, not about how it went after he left
2016-08-17 18:09
Then how about you read before you comment, you fucking moron?
2016-08-18 03:12
#111
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France Kairos1g 
Are you mentally challenged?
2016-08-18 03:26
FNATIC NUMBA ONE
2016-08-17 17:40
#63
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Poland trancemeister 
Support _ Pronax
2016-08-17 17:40
Sad for Fnatic but CS scene will be more interesting from my pov
2016-08-17 17:49
From ever1 s pov.Fnc winning everything made all the events freaking booring.
2016-08-17 18:24
Yeah, but now it's just SK winning every event.
2016-08-18 03:14
fnatic = emo org
2016-08-17 17:54
fnatic 2016
2016-08-17 17:54
gj
2016-08-17 17:54
#77
Ireland nuer 
rip golden times
2016-08-17 18:16
fnatic — the Harvey Specter of CS... :)
2016-08-17 18:18
#83
World NRJ* 
interesting post ty
2016-08-17 18:57
great reading, good info. thanks sir!
2016-08-17 19:42
* By rolling the cursor over most team names in the text, chronologically accurate lineups will show up. I like this feature. Hope to see more of this feature in following "looks back".
2016-08-17 20:24
#99
cArn | 
Vietnam milandini 
Great read! One suggestion: would be great to have a table summarizes all achievements or relevant stats in the end
2016-08-17 22:20
fnatic > GS GS is washed up xD
2016-08-18 07:03
f
2016-08-19 17:48
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