fnatic pull out of EPICENTER

fnatic have announced that they have decided to withdraw from EPICENTER, with a replacement still to be confirmed.

The Swedish giants had received one of the five direct invites to the tournament, but have opted out so that the players can get "an extended break" and enter 2020 "with a renewed sense of purpose, ready to settle for nothing less than reaching their boundless potential."

This means that fnatic will end 2019 at the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals, in Odense, in early December. The DreamHack Masters Malmö champions, who are currently ranked third in the world, are also scheduled to play the ECS Season 8 Finals, kicking off this Thursday in Arlington.

fnatic will skip EPICENTER to recharge their batteries for 2020

EPICENTER 2019 will be held from December 17-22 at the Crocus Expo Hall, in Moscow. The tournament will have $500,000 on the line and eight teams, five invited and three determined by qualifiers.

The team list for the Russian event currently looks as follows:

so sad
2019-11-26 16:04
Secret lan debut
2019-11-26 16:05
Fnatic scared LUL
2019-11-26 17:00
No fnatic I don’t
2019-11-26 17:30
Turkey Diveland 
fnatic top1 soon
2019-11-26 21:07
fnc 3-0 vs vit in like 2 months lol
2019-11-26 22:56
Pakistan XtraticX 
Scared? lol
2019-11-27 16:06
Poland Pete229 
2019-11-26 17:32
Indonesia rareguy 
2019-11-26 23:07
s1mple | 
Mongolia Hakku^^ 
something is coming...
2019-11-26 16:20
Europe skrekc 
That's sad :( Invite VP ))
2019-11-26 16:06
Poland MapPredictor 
2019-11-26 16:05
Not epic
2019-11-26 16:05
Netherlands Imrivendill 
Add Faze instead
2019-11-26 16:05
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
flair checks out
2019-11-26 16:06
Other nt_newfag 
2019-11-26 18:08
why tho? seemed like easy top 1-2 placement for them
2019-11-26 16:06
Bangladesh drvken 
yeah:( they dont like russians i guess
2019-11-26 16:07
Must be some other reason
2019-11-26 22:10
Good for the players.
2019-11-26 16:06
Bangladesh drvken 
no, they will back as noobs
2019-11-26 16:06
We'll see.
2019-11-26 16:12
Bangladesh drvken 
whyyyy :((
2019-11-26 16:06
Sweden meistr0 
2019-11-26 16:06
nexa | 
Yugoslavia tomasev1c 
now its easy for Heroic :D
2019-11-26 16:06
Jame | 
Netherlands Polakva 
2019-11-26 16:06
virtus pro will drop their cs team soon lmao
2019-11-26 16:07
2019-11-26 16:06
Israel BingoBango 
no :(
2019-11-26 16:06
United Kingdom FEodAL 
shame, major is miles away
2019-11-26 16:06
Ukraine ksay 
2019-11-26 16:07
2019-11-26 16:08
2019-11-26 16:07
NiKo | 
Poland Not_Nico 
I hope they invite FaZe
2019-11-26 16:08
I hope they have to pay some kind of penalty for breaking promises for the sake of their own convenience
2019-11-26 16:08
I guess if they just don't come to the event without being pull out they have to pay sth.
2019-11-26 16:10
Poland veri 
please VP
2019-11-26 16:08
maybe mouz?
2019-11-26 16:09
2019-11-26 16:09
afraid of being eaten by Zywoo and boombl4 since Flusha is a skinny boy
2019-11-26 16:11
fnatic is 3-0 vs vitality in like 2 months. zywoo might be scary, but then there's rpx and apex on the same team...
2019-11-26 23:02
frozen | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
Rpk is not a problem. He plays his spots great and usually delivers, they just arent high fragging spots. Apex and Shox are the ones that are in playmaking positions more often and they drop the ball, especially in advantageous situations where they should multi frag or at least make the round very difficult for the other team. Rpk is a static player, he holds angles/spots and soliders in during executes. Hes not the best support in the world but definitely serviceable and as impactful as many others around the same rank. Apex and Shox usually have more info and are trading/lurking or making aggressive plays. They do not match up to the brollans/magisks/NAFs of the world, they're a clear step behind.
2019-11-28 00:56
Germany L1lK1M 
invite mouz pls
2019-11-26 16:09
2019-11-26 16:09
SHARKS OR FURIA PLS IMAGINE an event with 0 brazilian teams kkkkkkkkkkkk would be a FIASCO
2019-11-26 16:10
who cares about tier 5 cs countries, if only out of pity
2019-11-26 16:12
France LeDiplomate 
Finally à tier 1 tourney you mean.
2019-11-26 16:45
2019-11-26 22:10
Petra | 
Netherlands Yourii 
Faze hopefully
2019-11-26 16:10
Epicenter to be pregnant despite the pullout of fnatic
2019-11-26 16:11
Spain Granjero 
2019-11-26 17:01
Mouz came second in EU qualifier so maybe they will invite Mouz. Please don't invite FaZe. If they wanted to attend, they would sign up for EU qualifier. Sitting in a high horse and waiting for an invite.
2019-11-26 16:12
They won last yr. They probably turned it down bc of BLAST
2019-11-26 19:50
They did but that was with a different roster. I personally don't count current FaZe as the same FaZe last year. GuardiaN and karrigan are gone now.
2019-11-26 22:00
Kazakhstan tomik0 
One of the watchable team out Gg
2019-11-26 16:12
Let's go FaZe #FaZeUp
2019-11-26 16:16
Sweden Onkov 
it would have been easy no.1 for them. rest well boys
2019-11-26 16:18
Finland J3bediah 
Kicking golden again?
2019-11-26 16:24
That makes this event tier2 again sad
2019-11-26 16:26
this sucks hard, was a free tournament for them they will drop in the ranking because of it
2019-11-26 16:31
Albania Rilind1 
Invite Team Secret
2019-11-26 16:45
Germany ToiletShitter 
Krimz pulling out? WTF
2019-11-26 16:53
Spain Granjero 
I'm gonna cry
2019-11-26 16:59
Sweden Akoulad 
Trash tournament
2019-11-26 17:01
fnatic's pull out game is amazing
2019-11-26 17:19
2019-11-26 18:21
Germany LeopoldLoewe 
Better to not burn out.. Would have loved to watch it tough...
2019-11-26 17:20
Norway Trombass 
They pull out last second, just like I do...
2019-11-26 17:25
I use the pull out method too 😎
2019-11-26 17:28
Fnatic 2020 > Astralis 2018
2019-11-26 18:11
Lost all respect to fnatic.
2019-11-26 18:20
Tunisia Sk1zo10 
no why !?
2019-11-26 18:28
Haahah flukenatic scaried of NaVi and mighty xsepowerZe, expected from Swedistan
2019-11-26 18:30
ROFL not even EHOME or Forze are afraid of NaVi, tier 3 shit team.
2019-11-26 18:58
Still little cringy flukenatic is afraid of them, So pathetic from PigW and his bald friend, did they forgot to pay for update of flusha cheats?
2019-11-26 19:10
You are an idiot if you think a top 3 team would be afraid of shitnavi. S0mple has been outdated since 2018 and the rest of his sumo wrestling squad are complete garbage.
2019-11-27 00:28
hltv.org/stats/players/8918/electronic?s.. If he's garbage then fnatic players are easy level bots?
2019-11-27 00:36
frozen | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
Easy level bots that have more top 4s and finals and are higher ranked. Pathetic from Navi to be outranked by bots.
2019-11-28 00:47
I'm not talking about team, but about players you're really brainwashed which believe any fnatic player is more skilled than elec or s1mple?
2019-11-28 15:47
frozen | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
Never said they were more skilled. Are you some 12 year old that puts words in others mouth? I said it's pretty sad they're getting outperformed if they're bots.
2019-11-28 19:24
Remember zonic v s0mple you fucking noob!
2019-11-28 06:52
Yeah zonic lost cuz he is fat
2019-11-28 15:46
How are they tier3 team? Na`Vi was never even tier2 team. Almost always in top1-10.
2019-11-26 21:34
2 main reasons: Boombla is tier 3 IGL, and guardian is tier 3 AWPer. He hasn't been even decent since early 2018. They have no structure and boombla and guardian are basicly free kills every round. And they waste their entire economy on buying AWPs for guardian but he is so shit he doesn't get any kills with it.
2019-11-27 00:31
hltv.org/stats/players/compare/11840/Boo.. Yeah tier 3 igl, man what are you smoking? So you should just shut your ugly face, it's wonder you're even able to write something with your brain of size of sand grain
2019-11-27 00:43
You're actually retarded. Boombla is a fat 0 iq pig. You think he's good IGL because he has better stats than golden? Golden is a bad fragger, but he is genius IGL. Boombla is complete garbage IGL you stupid monkey
2019-11-27 01:29
Yeah fat 0 iq pig which earn more money in one month than your entire family in a year, Nitr0 also wasn't tactical genius and was able to won 6 events in a row, your arguments are just as stupid as you mr. Bird brain You're probably some mentally challenged 13 yo old dirty dane which at best can clean boombl4 shoes
2019-11-27 01:37
You're an autistic retarded faggot, you're probably a bullied degenerate fucking 13 yo ugly freak german with 30 IQ in that ugly brain of yours. Go hang yourself you ugly disgusting filth. No one wants you, you should just die you disgusting creature. Maybe you could take ugly ruski fag electronic and boombla with you, they are ugly rats just like you.
2019-11-27 13:08
Do you already cleaned boombl4 shoes?
2019-11-28 15:48
No I cleaned your moms vagina with my cemen
2019-11-28 17:08
frozen | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
Liquid had some of the best timings/contact plays/map control/flashes during that spree of tournaments and had been a tactically elite team for over a year. That's why they were dubbed Mini/NA Astralis, because of their approach to the game. I get how phenomenal the fragging is but that doesnt happen without great coordination, trading, and nade usage. Liquid was playing the meta absolutely amazingly and theres not much more that can be said. Sometimes fundamentals and good shots can be a tournament winning formula, it's all about making your players comfortable so that they can achieve consistency and that's exactly what Liquid did when they switched the roles around for stewie.
2019-11-28 00:52
I bet my hand when Navi will pick up better awper they will be back into top5 easily, boombl4 seems to be pretty decent igl with nice firepower
2019-11-28 15:49
frozen | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
Doesnt make them tier 3. S1mple and electronic would carry any half decent core to tier 2.
2019-11-28 00:53
Yeah and Navi even with fat bot guardian is tier2 team that proves s1mple and elec are absolutely top tier players right now
2019-11-28 15:51
frozen | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
Of course they are they're most likely top 10
2019-11-28 19:26
Sad, it would have been a free trophy for them
2019-11-26 18:56
Poland sosiad 
another tournament with shit teams
2019-11-26 18:56
Look at your flair, dirty pole
2019-11-26 19:11
Poland sosiad 
typical low iq answer so ok
2019-11-26 19:14
Pullout game strong
2019-11-26 19:06
Summer | 
China ezpz95 
Tylol plz
2019-11-26 19:08
Swedish giants? Really? :D
2019-11-26 21:33
frozen | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
Better than all the CIS teams, that's for sure.
2019-11-27 03:13
2019-11-27 06:04
frozen | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
Saying 0/8 doesn't make it false. Send me more tears
2019-11-27 20:03
It does.
2019-11-28 06:45
frozen | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
I'm still thirsty, more plz
2019-11-28 09:06
African Union mikecool 
At least their management is looking after their players well-being and looking towards 2020 for better results.
2019-11-26 22:03
Fnatic spent most of the year doing nothing now they're burnt out LOL
2019-11-26 22:26
is that because of krimz is still ill?
2019-11-27 02:32
no he is completely fine. its probably because they dont want to play this tier2 tournemant
2019-11-27 04:23
frozen | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
That hurts the event a lot
2019-11-27 03:12
Canada kniGhtlife 
"enter 2020 with a renewed sense of purpose, ready to settle for nothing less than reaching their boundless potential." LOL Here's your renewed sense of purpose: You haven't won a major in 4 years. Step up your game. It seems you keep running into the boundaries. Coddling a bunch of kids who play games for a living. 2019 hardships, yee yeeee.
2019-11-27 09:00
frozen | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
That's like calling an NBA team bad because they dont win finals but consistently make playoffs - better than a vast majority of top teams currently yet you still dont respect their play. You never choose a team against the field to win a major. The fact that they have won majors puts them in a very revered category of players and brollan golden started their professional careers in the last 2 years and already consistently make top 4s. Your standards are insane. Psure this core has more titles in CSGO than all of NA. If it was so easy youd be doing it too. Funny EG hasnt even made a major finals, I guess they should probably give up because of the "boundaries" but I guess since you actually like them that doesnt apply. Classic hater, cry more.
2019-11-28 00:46
Canada kniGhtlife 
They get paid asinine salaries to play a video game for a living. If you're under the impression they sit in a dark room all day and run strats for 10-12 hrs and practice refining their aim, you're very wrong. There's minimal accountability by orgs to push their teams to perform at a top level. As long as the orgs are making money of advertisement revenue (which literally accounts for 99% of their funding - not prize money), then they (and the team) could care little for actually winning anything. Both are making bank. The fans, however, want success. The teams often fail to deliver that success due to their own inaction of applying themselves to the "boring side" of professional gaming. IE, running demos, conjuring innovative strategies and trying different tactics, scouting for new talent, etc. coldzera came out of nowhere, practiced 10-12 hrs a day and made HLTV Top 1 for 2 consecutive years, in addition to winning 2 majors. THAT's dedication that permits a break. Most these kids mess around in FPL instead of investing that time out of the limelight by practicing. That's the problem with progaming. The top players SELDOM stream. They're busy focusing on their craft. Don't sit here and say they need a break, lmao. Their break is FPL while people sub and give them donations.
2019-11-28 08:23
frozen | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
"They get paid asinine salaries to play a video game for a living. If you're under the impression they sit in a dark room all day and run strats for 10-12 hrs and practice refining their aim, you're very wrong." Theres actually a lot if interviews out there with IGLs about how they run their teams. Most do 2ish hours of theory 1-2 hours of dry runs/new nades - a break - and then 3-5 scrims a day. At least the tier 1 IGLs because that's what it takes and yeah as you said that doesnt even account for DMing and FPL. I'm not even sure what your point is. I called you out for underrating Fnatic and you went on a rant about kids that mess around in FPL and how much money they make. Like what? As I said before if it were easy you would do it, it's not asinine to be in the top 0.05% of players. Being that good at anything will make you that amount of money if not a lot more.
2019-11-28 09:13
how Unfortunate. But org made wise decision
2019-11-27 15:08
how unfortunate i love see brolan playing
2019-11-27 17:05
Idk why players need an "extended break" cuz fnatic have not played alot lately. I think this will kill fnc chance to be top 1
2019-11-28 08:32
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