fnatic Academy withdraw from ESEA Premier playoffs

fnatic Academy have pulled out of the ESEA Premier playoffs, HLTV.org has learned.

The Swedish team had been due to clash with Kinguin in the quarter-finals but have decided to forfeit the match due to the tournament's roster lock.

The news is bound to heighten speculation about the future of fnatic's main team, who have been heavily linked with roster changes since PGL Major Krakow.

Maikil "Golden" Selim's squad recently attended the Europe Minor as Ballistix after PGL ruled that academy teams should have a different "nametag and logo" to differentiate themselves from their organisations' main rosters.

Golden & co withdraw from ESEA Premier playoffs

After taking down Envy in their opening match, fnatic Academy were sent to the group's Lower Bracket by BIG, with a 2-0 defeat against Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer's men eventually sealing their fate in the tournament.

Kinguin will advance straight to the ESEA Premier semi-finals, in which they will face the winner of the match between Epsilon and FlipSid3.

Below you can find the match-ups for remaining quarter-final encounters, scheduled for August 15:

Europe Epsilon vs. CIS FlipSid3
Turkey Space Soldiers vs. Denmark North Academy
Finland VITALIS vs. Romania Nexus
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1442
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
557
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
#1
Xyp9x | 
Israel Mayr0N 
Gg
2017-08-13 14:18
-GOLDEN
2017-08-13 14:18
#3
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Netherlands theicewithin 
Wow
2017-08-13 14:18
i wonder why :thinking:
2017-08-13 14:18
#9
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Denmark JustYes 
fnatic golden ez
2017-08-13 14:19
OH NO
2017-08-13 14:19
nice
2017-08-13 14:19
its happening everyone!
2017-08-13 14:19
#17
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Germany simonmy 
cool
2017-08-13 14:21
#18
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Croatia mds818 
+twist instead of lekro pls
2017-08-13 14:21
#19
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France StickyRice 
This is absolutely stupid from ESL. Fnatic Academy should have been replaced by the 9th ranked team (either WySix or North Academy who both have 9w-7l like Fnatic Academy)
2017-08-13 14:21
#49
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United Kingdom tr4c 
+1
2017-08-13 16:21
#77
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Germany grabke 
Yes really strange and stupid not to give another team a shot. You have another team competing and on top another match and a full tournament. But seems like everybody in CS likes Wildcards or Forfeited Matches.
2017-08-14 00:04
#20
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Sweden Trkmag 
Wish this would only mean -dennis but seems like Olof is going too
2017-08-13 14:22
#21
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Portugal Kikocbr 
Golden new fnatic IGL
2017-08-13 14:22
Golden to fnatic now
2017-08-13 14:23
Its happening
2017-08-13 14:24
#26
Spain SR4 
fnatic Golden is real
2017-08-13 14:24
How many chances will have my country team against this teams? XDDD 10 rounds in 5 maps maybe.
2017-08-13 14:25
people doubt the don, smh
2017-08-13 14:26
neL said that
2017-08-13 15:13
#31
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Romania RobyXD 
Ez Nexus,
2017-08-13 14:35
Fnatic in 2017
2017-08-13 14:37
#34
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Poland Hamadoshi 
Kinguin <3
2017-08-13 14:37
Ez for Nexus
2017-08-13 14:49
#37
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Sweden pontus767 
Nice, Fnatic golden confirmed!
2017-08-13 14:49
bad team
2017-08-13 14:50
At least they will have more strats than now.
2017-08-13 15:38
#69
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
fnc acadamy > nip
2017-08-13 19:43
#40
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United States y0rk 
welcome to the main roster, Golden!
2017-08-13 15:01
oh boy here we go
2017-08-13 15:38
#46
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Malaysia phyzell 
$400,000 team Kinguin!
2017-08-13 15:57
#47
Romania dm_ 
Nexus ftw
2017-08-13 16:13
Too bad
2017-08-13 16:18
ez Epsilon
2017-08-13 16:31
#51
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Turkey Rick_Sanchez 
easy vitalis
2017-08-13 16:31
#57
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Canada Ayton 
so -olof confirmed
2017-08-13 16:52
#61
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France NeaZy 
ez 4 Fsid3
2017-08-13 17:37
#66
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Sweden 4Sweeeden 
Bååten to Fnatic obv :3
2017-08-13 18:32
#79
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Denmark baaden 
really? ;D
2017-08-14 04:00
#82
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Sweden 4Sweeeden 
Rumours say so. But we`ll see.
2017-08-14 15:29
#67
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Hungary StraYzie 
Ballistix?
2017-08-13 18:38
#70
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Europe Donzii 
if lekro & golden to fnatic happen. finally fnatic upgrade their level tier 3 to tier 2. ;>
2017-08-13 20:25
#71
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Sweden Madrigals1 
oh finally
2017-08-13 20:32
#72
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Brazil Collee 
where's Gambit? xDD
2017-08-13 20:44
2017-08-13 20:54
In the same place as sk
2017-08-13 23:46
#76
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Brazil Collee 
Not really, they were never better than SK, just check any ranking. Without Zeus they'll end up being worse than Flipsid3. Almost got demoted on Premier lmao
2017-08-13 23:49
many stronger teams are not there. more likely they don't care
2017-08-14 11:59
#73
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Romania Vladootzz 
Ez for NeXuS
2017-08-13 20:51
#78
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Canada cwiss 
ez 4 space soldiers
2017-08-14 03:13
+1
2017-08-14 11:33
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