fnatic to sign Gux & manne - Report
The next big transfers in Sweden could very well be close to come through as fnatic have been spotted practicing with Rasmus "Gux" Ståhl and Manne "manne" Nordqvist.
Last week's headlines regarding Marcus "Delpan" Larsson signing with SK Gaming, while still contracted with fnatic, is still an open chapter as the two organizations seem far apart in agreeing about the Swedish hotshot.
With Larsson out of the picture in fnatic, despite still being contracted, the first rumor to spawn regarding a new member was Rasmus "Gux" Ståhl returning.
This would be Ståhl's third stint with the Swedish team and following Lions' announcement last week, stating fnatic had shown real interest in their former member, Ståhl was furthermore not included in Lions lineup for DreamHack Summer, which just underlined that fnatic are once again set to capture the talented aimer at all costs.
Gux back to fnatic?
The new fnatic lineup seemed complete, but another rumor ticked in, saying fnatic had their eye on the 20-year-old Manne "manne" Nordqvist, who is currently tied to a2g. The fan favorite has previously had a short showing with RG-Esports, which to this day has been the highest ranked team he's ever been in on the pro circuit.
Nordqvist does without a doubt possess star potential, but has never gotten the chance with any of the major teams. A move to fnatic will not just please himself, but also the audience who's been begging for such a move.
manne to get a shot with fnatic?
With Ståhl and Nordqvist set to join fnatic, this would leave the team with six members, and reports indicate that Faruk "pita" Pita will be the member to leave the team. Pita transferred from RG-Esports to fnatic in December last year, but seemed as "the second best" option for fnatic. At the time fnatic had approached Lions' Niklas "niko" Johansson, but Johansson rejected fnatic's offer and decided to stick with Lions.
pita booted from fnatic?
Tuesday evening the changes came one step closer to reality, as fnatic were spotted practicing with Ståhl and Nordqvist against Natus Vincere and DTS. A user captured a screen dump, with the Steam ID's matching the players mentioned.
Should the reports come through, then it would be leaving the Swedish team with the following lineup:
Patrik "cArn" Sättermon
Harley "dsn" Örwall
Richard "Xizt" Landström
Rasmus "Gux" Ståhl
Manne "manne" Nordqvist
HLTV.org contacted fnatic for a comment on the matter, in which the team stressed that nothing has been fully decided as of yet and that the team will announce changes, whenever they are ready to do so.
All eyes are indeed pointed at fnatic to see if they will confirm this move, but also how the case with Larsson will conclude. The Swedish team got a busy schedule ahead of them, with the second group stage in the ICSC 8 starting next week and three tournaments at DreamHack Summer: MSI championship, IOL FINAL4, WCG qualifier final, as well as the Adepto BH Open in Sarajevo just a few days after.