fnatic, FPX top IEM Winter Open Qualifier 1

The two high-profile teams have joined the likes of ENCE and mousesports in the Closed Qualifier.

Squads that crashed out of the IEM Fall Regional Major Ranking tournament early and failed to qualify for the Major, fnatic and FunPlus Phoenix, bounced back on Sunday with a successful run through the IEM Winter open qualifier gauntlet.

The British-Swedish side that used Owen "⁠smooya⁠" Butterfield as a stand-in and the European mixture led by Luka "⁠emi⁠" Vuković have joined ENCE, Spirit, mousesports, and Complexity in the closed qualifier, with the final two teams set to be decided through the second open qualifier on October 15-16.

smooya won't be playing the Closed Qualifier with fnatic

fnatic's qualification came at the expense of GamerLegion, K23, and finally, Galaxy Racer. The last match went the distance and required fnatic to come back from 11-4 down on Overpass to defeat Galaxy Racer on the decider. It is worth noting that the all-Swedish team was coached by Richard "⁠Xizt⁠" Landström, who has been working with Simon "⁠twist⁠" Eliasson and co. on an informal basis since his retirement as a player in September.

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fnatic bench Jackinho

Despite a successful run with smooya, the British AWPer that posted a 1.35 rating across five maps played isn't expecting to compete with fnatic in the Closed Qualifier on October 18-19. fnatic could employ the services of their academy team AWPer Iulian "⁠regali⁠" Harjău or look for a different option that could fill the gap left by the benching of Jack "⁠Jackinho⁠" Ström Mattsson.

The path to the closed qualifier was tougher for FunPlus Phoenix, who had to beat two top-30 teams in Lyngby Vikings and Entropiq to reach the final match. Then, they managed to edge out Eternal Fire in a thriller BO3, concluding with an overtime victory on third map Nuke.

Among other notable teams that were competing at the event were MIBR, who impressed in their debut with Adriano "⁠WOOD7⁠" Cerato and Matheus "⁠Tuurtle⁠" Anhaia, as well as academy player Breno "⁠brnz4n⁠" Poletto. The Brazilians beat DBL PONEY on route to the round of 16 but couldn't get any further as they were eliminated by Entropiq after overtime.

Sinners have followed up a heartbreaking RMR run with a quarter-finals elimination by the hands of Eternal Fire, finishing in the same spot as Chinese side Lynn Vision who are bootcamping in Europe ahead of the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown.

Team list for IEM Winter 2021:

Closed qualifier teams:

United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
742
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1544
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
Romania Iulian 'regali' Harjău
Iulian 'regali' Harjău
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
89
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.64
Sweden Jack 'Jackinho' Ström Mattsson
Jack 'Jackinho' Ström Mattsson
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
147
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Serbia Luka 'emi' Vuković
Luka 'emi' Vuković
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1048
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1665
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
Brazil Adriano 'WOOD7' Cerato
Adriano 'WOOD7' Cerato
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
424
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.64
Brazil Matheus 'Tuurtle' Anhaia
Matheus 'Tuurtle' Anhaia
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
592
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
Brazil Breno 'brnz4n' Poletto
Breno 'brnz4n' Poletto
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.78
Maps played:
12
KPR:
0.54
DPR:
0.74
wow
2021-10-11 00:06
1 reply
EZ4ENCE yet again
2021-10-11 01:51
#2
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Sweden flippig
ez uk cs
2021-10-11 00:06
#3
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Europe Kephea
sad for EF
2021-10-11 00:07
1 reply
#47
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Europe sm0go
Turkish superteam = always a disaster
2021-10-11 01:28
#4
kRYSTAL | 
Poland hsal
SMOOYA TO FNATIC
2021-10-11 00:07
13 replies
#5
kRYSTAL | 
Poland hsal
if fnatic sign nawwk then, well....
2021-10-11 00:07
12 replies
G2 is an option
2021-10-11 00:11
11 replies
i'm ngl, i'd rather have ama as an awper than nawwk
2021-10-11 00:13
10 replies
I was talking about Smooya
2021-10-11 00:15
3 replies
lol imagine niko and smooya getting into a fight mid game
2021-10-11 00:16
2 replies
Bro they would throw hands
2021-10-11 00:24
1 reply
smooya destroying niko lbh
2021-10-11 02:52
Im not even fan of G2 but amanek is the most versatiled player in G2 Maybe niko too but amanek literally accepting every role without saying anything
2021-10-11 00:34
5 replies
#39
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Argentina Saazu
people need to remember that G2 chose amenek over jackz when niko joined. amenek is doing do much of the dirty work in G2. he trying to fill a huge gap that kennys left in the team and that no one else in the team want to/can do.
2021-10-11 00:51
4 replies
Exactly He is one of the most needed player in every team
2021-10-11 00:58
nexa said in an interview that the team didn't actually get to pick, it was upper management who decided who did/didn't make the roster. they also mentioned hunter was really upset about jackz leaving and the team was not the same without him. although... nexa ALSO said jackz was no longer in the team because he cannot speak english, so I am not sure what to believe
2021-10-11 01:29
2 replies
#62
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Argentina Saazu
oh really? I didnt know that. jackz has the entry role and the team really likes him and what he is doing (based on other interviews). kicking him would also mean having an other big problem. whom to kick, right? because kicking amenek would also mean a big shift in positions and roles.
2021-10-11 17:09
1 reply
yeah, the team is in a really weird place. the team is not working as you would expect, and amanek is a huge asset due to his versatility but his awping seems to be below average more often than not. whatever change they make is going to mess up the team roles etc. a weird spot to be in, but if they do not start performing more consistently something has to change.
2021-10-11 21:24
#6
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Finland Cucumber))
EZ4FPX
2021-10-11 00:08
1 reply
+1
2021-10-11 00:25
#7
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Turkey shawnta
Me when the
2021-10-11 00:08
smooya will not be playing for fnatic in the Closed Qualifier, RIP FNATIC twitter.com/smooyacs/status/144730607148..
2021-10-11 00:08
14 replies
fak
2021-10-11 00:09
Yeah :( it was mentioned in the caption
2021-10-11 00:10
10 replies
in the article they say they might go for regali but bruh, smooya confirmed they literally had basically 0 practice hours and they managed to come back from 11-4, if you're fnatic and you go with somebody else now, you're just playing stupid (in my opinion then)
2021-10-11 00:18
9 replies
Well if you got the permanent 5th it would make sense
2021-10-11 00:20
8 replies
out of all the options they have I only see them get nawwk (cause Swedish go brr) or regali but thats just a risk to because of 0 experience and in personal preference I just like smooya more than nawwk
2021-10-11 00:22
7 replies
With nawwwk they keep it majority Swedish which they might want
2021-10-11 00:24
6 replies
true, also another reason smooya can't play is cause of his contract under MR
2021-10-11 00:48
5 replies
When is that expiring? Feels like it isn’t the first time that is a problem
2021-10-11 00:50
4 replies
I counted his bench time and actual time together and he's been on the team for 265 days, so let's say his contract is a 1 year contract hell be a free agent in 100 days (3 months and a bit so basically beginning of 2022)
2021-10-11 00:51
3 replies
That would make sense, the leaked showed he also makes a decent salary from steaming
2021-10-11 00:52
2 replies
true, altho I just want him to get into a team at this point which competes high enough, because he is like this passive aggressive awper and I like his style a lot so if fnatic can get him, just do do pls
2021-10-11 00:57
coming back to this, today he became a free agent
2021-10-15 12:21
fnatic brainded?
2021-10-11 01:26
1 reply
Best player and wont play, wow, just sign him!
2021-10-11 00:08
Why the fuck isn't smooya helping them in the closed qualifier? He literally carried those bots even without practice or any team preparation. Can't wait for fnatic to bomb out the closed qualifiers now.
2021-10-11 00:09
2 replies
Still contracted to movistar
2021-10-11 00:19
#31
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Poland xMBTx
They will use SMOOOOOya in the major ez major for riders xd
2021-10-11 00:38
Smooya effect
2021-10-11 00:09
#17
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Brazil Elakk
Lmao already improved the team and he is leasing, trash org
2021-10-11 00:16
Justice for Smooya
2021-10-11 00:17
bc of a couple rounds in nuke, what a heartbreak for EF fans :(
2021-10-11 00:25
Mistake by Fnatic , Smooya was their best performer with no practice. Immense impact than what Jackinho had ! Hard Luck for EF , threw a lead on Nuke and lost. Hope things get better for them.
2021-10-11 00:28
" It is worth noting that the all-Swedish team was coached by Richard "⁠Xizt⁠" Landström, who has been working with Simon "⁠twist⁠" Eliasson and co. on an informal basis since his retirement as a player in September." Does that mean Haste is no longer the coach of Galaxy racers?
2021-10-11 00:32
Someone sign smoooooooooya
2021-10-11 00:39
I hope they continue with smooya there is no one else they can get that is at his level, and I mean at best his buyout from movistar will be a tiny amount of money
2021-10-11 00:39
#34
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Bulgaria goshyy
Why are they not gonna continue with Smooya? Literally a beast, had insane performance.
2021-10-11 00:43
it says 'smoya' instead of smooya below his pic... btw, doesn't make any sense that they don't let him play the closed qualy, he carried them through the open, lol
2021-10-11 00:44
2 replies
Its not that "they don't let him play" he cant play closed qualifiers due being contracted with Movistar Riders
2021-10-11 01:12
1 reply
he cant play the closed but he can play the open? so weird
2021-10-11 01:13
EZ
2021-10-11 01:01
Owen’s face so sexy <3 <3 <3 Was missed
2021-10-11 02:27
fnatic with smooya looking promising. Sad we won't see them @ Major 2021
2021-10-11 02:56
Weird seeing fnatic having an uk flag
2021-10-11 03:30
1 reply
Agreed
2021-10-11 03:40
Probably just some contract issues with smooya. Fnatic might pick him up when his contract with movistar riders expires. Edit: "Hahaha you silly gooses, the deal between Movistar and Fnatic was to allow me to only play the Open qualifier that's why I won't be playing in the closed. Nothing else behind it! Hopefully I can get back into the server soon as its my only goal right now. Today was super fun!" twitter.com/smooyacs/status/144736466229..
2021-10-11 06:18
Ez for regodli
2021-10-11 09:07
why no smooya
2021-10-11 09:39
#59
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Turkey razendd_
So close
2021-10-11 11:24
nt xantares
2021-10-11 12:07
I swear if SAW shits the bed again.....
2021-10-11 12:40
#63
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Czech Republic BlastTM
gg ence will rekt everybody
2021-10-11 20:26
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