fnatic bench Jackinho
The 22-year-old will no longer start for fnatic after a failed bid at qualifying for the Major.
fnatic have announced the removal of Jack "Jackinho" Ström Mattsson from the active roster, ending the Swede’s 10-month tenure in the starting lineup which began when he was brought on to fill Robin "flusha" Rönnquist's shoes at the beginning of the year.
Jackinho’s start with fnatic was a bumpy one, as he wasn’t immediately given the AWP, his preferred weapon, while Jesper "JW" Wecksell and the rest of the team adjusted to the new change. After some time the 22-year-old was finally given the main sniper role in the team, although he ultimately wasn’t able to find his footing to become a stalwart in the squad.
Jackinho joined a struggling team and with a complicated situation regarding roles in January, and he failed to impress out of the gate. Despite starting off with a decent performance in one of fnatic’s few good showings this year, when they came in second at cs_summit 7, the Swede posted back-to-back below 0.90 ratings in the team’s 13-16th and 17-20th place finishes at IEM Katowice Play-In and ESL Pro League Season 13.
The Swede’s numbers went up to a 0.97 rating at Flashpoint 3 and 1.00 at IEM Summer, both of which the team finished in 13-16th place, and he then survived the first step of a restructuring in fnatic’s Counter-Strike team as they moved from a Swedish roster to an English-speaking lineup with the benching of JW and Maikil "Golden" Selim to make way for Alex "ALEX" McMeekin and William "mezii" Merriman.
fnatic haven’t been able to revert the situation to become a top contender and after falling short at ESL Pro League Season 14 and missing out on qualifying for the Major with a 0-5 record at IEM Fall, they are moving forward with their rebuilding efforts — this time in the AWPing department.
For now, fnatic will be bringing on Movistar Riders’ benched sniper, Owen "smooya" Butterfield, on loan as a temporary stand-in during the IEM Winter Open Qualifier 1 while they work on finding a permanent solution to replace Jackinho.
fnatic’s starting lineup is now:
Jamie "keita" Hall (coach)
Jack "Jackinho" Ström Mattsson (benched)