fnatic Rising sign Banjo ahead of WePlay Academy League Season 2

The 17-year-old will fill the spot left open in the international squad following the departure of David "⁠prosus⁠" Hesse.

fnatic Rising have announced the signing of 17-year-old Finn Matias "⁠Banjo⁠" Kivistö, who is joining the team with sights set on the upcoming WePlay Academy League Season 2, which kicks off on September 28.

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The newcomer has been brought on just two weeks after fnatic's youth team parted ways with prosus, the German 18-year-old who returned to his previous home, BIG Academy, after playing the WePlay Academy League's opening season with the international squad.

fnatic Rising are back to a full roster with the addition of Banjo

The Finnish youngster's first event on the HLTV database dates back to March of 2021, when he joined veterans Kimmo "⁠BASiC⁠" Fagerholm and Toni "⁠STOVVE⁠" Liukkonen in croveNt for Elisa Nordic Championship Finland.

Banjo then played with SAWO in April, once again alongside STOVVE, where he and his team managed to go all the way to the late stages of the first IEM Summer Open Qualifier bracket before falling in 9-16th place to forZe.

Banjo now sports a 1.06 rating for the past three months ahead of the upcoming WePlay Academy League, with only a handful of maps played in a second-place run at Tubecon Games Finnish Championship with NYYRIKKI in August.

fnatic Rising are now:

Sweden Kevin "⁠Kevve⁠" Bohlin
Sweden Peppe "⁠Peppzor⁠" Borak
Romania Iulian "⁠regali⁠" Harjău
Portugal Francisco "⁠kst⁠" Fragoso
Finland Matias "⁠Banjo⁠" Kivistö

Sweden Kevin 'Kevve' Bohlin
Kevin 'Kevve' Bohlin
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
0.84
Maps played:
169
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.68
Finland Toni 'STOVVE' Liukkonen
Toni 'STOVVE' Liukkonen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
156
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
Portugal Francisco 'kst' Fragoso
Francisco 'kst' Fragoso
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
83
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Peppe 'Peppzor' Borak
Peppe 'Peppzor' Borak
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
83
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
Finland Matias 'Banjo' Kivistö
Matias 'Banjo' Kivistö
Age:
17
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
11
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
Finland Kimmo 'BASiC' Fagerholm
Kimmo 'BASiC' Fagerholm
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
36
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.69
Germany David 'prosus' Hesse
David 'prosus' Hesse
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
176
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.72
Romania Iulian 'regali' Harjău
Iulian 'regali' Harjău
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
70
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
cool!
2021-09-25 18:39
2 replies
Yes , indeed mr. SexyB hairdresser.
2021-09-25 19:33
Wow does my 4 year old flair finally add up
2021-09-26 05:36
OMG
2021-09-25 18:39
#4
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Finland JammuCSGO
Les gou
2021-09-25 18:39
#6
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Finland uSnaj69
Nicee, good luck!
2021-09-25 18:40
cool!
2021-09-25 18:40
never seen this guy play, best of luck to him!
2021-09-25 18:41
3 replies
#32
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Latvia De1Co
I see Banjo a lot in MM games
2021-09-25 18:56
2 replies
#56
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Sweden sn1pie
+1
2021-09-26 00:14
xd
2021-09-26 01:10
#12
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Finland Teukkasd
WHAAAAT THIS IS NICE
2021-09-25 18:41
#14
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Japan Inlivino
so is he gonna IGL fnatic rising or the role switch?
2021-09-25 18:43
2 replies
What, the IGL is Kevve my friend
2021-09-25 18:47
1 reply
#41
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Japan Inlivino
really? my bad then.
2021-09-25 19:31
#15
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Myanmar dexzzz
woww
2021-09-25 18:43
Pog
2021-09-25 18:43
now -Kevve -kst and they will have a decent team
2021-09-25 18:45
10 replies
#27
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North America 007DBR9
kevve is igl and kst is already being replaced, if they want to remove him they'll have to search for a while
2021-09-25 18:50
3 replies
how do you know kst is already being replaced?
2021-09-25 18:55
2 replies
#31
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North America 007DBR9
gg
2021-09-25 18:56
trust him bro
2021-09-25 19:16
why doe? kst has been doing good
2021-09-25 19:50
5 replies
)))))))))))))) WHAT kst good in what era
2021-09-26 13:34
4 replies
why is he bad?
2021-09-27 01:20
seems like good player gl for him
2021-09-25 18:48
#25
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Finland Doto_top1
Let's gooo!
2021-09-25 18:49
Banjo <3
2021-09-25 18:49
#30
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Poland SebL
He has been playing the ESEA Advanced with them for quite some time and their results haven't been impressive, I watched their game vs HONORIS and remember that he was playing pretty well there, Academy League will be a good place for him to show up, GL Banjo!
2021-09-25 18:55
Next: Fnatic Rising sign Kazooie
2021-09-25 19:10
#38
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Hungary Shiron212
gl Maybe we can see another Finnish player rising to the top
2021-09-25 19:27
4 replies
sergej banjo zehn aleksib ottond yes please
2021-09-25 19:29
3 replies
zehn + aleksib? aren't both of them igl's
2021-09-26 04:10
2 replies
no, Aleksib IGL, Zehn support. In FPX he is also doing mid round calling, but he has never been primary IGL
2021-09-26 15:59
1 reply
ah ok
2021-09-26 16:00
I don't know who but best of luck , love young talent given chances to evoluate and prove themselves
2021-09-25 19:30
Damnnn that's sick
2021-09-25 19:37
#44
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Finland hurrikhan
Pog
2021-09-25 19:44
#46
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Finland Nollegee
Let’s gooo! more Finnish young hitters.
2021-09-25 19:59
Finnish bot this could be the worst roster move of the year (see: zehn, ottond, aleksib...)
2021-09-25 20:13
gl :)
2021-09-25 21:54
bahahahahhahaha
2021-09-25 21:55
#51
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Finland Hei456
Lesgo
2021-09-25 21:55
wou, good for him
2021-09-25 22:49
#53
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Sweden AFCHannes
Hopefully he performs!
2021-09-25 23:04
Nice gl!
2021-09-25 23:24
omg lempäälä mentioned pog
2021-09-25 23:37
#57
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Brazil diixon
EZ for Banjo-Kazooie
2021-09-26 00:52
Banjo muted person always in matchmaking hahaha
2021-09-26 00:57
wait, what happened with prosus?
2021-09-26 01:06
1 reply
he will join sprout soon^^
2021-09-26 06:29
Ez 4 Banjo Kazooie
2021-09-26 01:08
expected
2021-09-26 06:21
#66
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Finland Qlity
i forgor
2021-09-26 08:33
Ive played against him and watched couple of his demos definitely smartest among future prospects really smart utility usage and lurking. If you want to learn how to be insanely good on faceit pugs I definitely recommend watch his nuke demos. Always right decisions, utility usage, 5KD and clearing possibilities where enemy can be on clutches before committing.
2021-09-26 10:24
dont think this a good idea, replacing a decent and pretty constant guy
2021-09-26 15:16
#76
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Germany Nachofish
- prosus is pretty damn weird tho
2021-09-27 22:38
#77
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Finland Ep^
vitun seksikäs peto!
2021-09-28 17:38
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