Jess Colwill, August 15, 2016

Fnatic and GODSENT Roster Changes

The two teams have essentially swapped players, with Fnatic’s Jesper ‘JW’ Wecksell, Robin ‘flusha’ Rönnquist and Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson heading over to GODSENT while former  GODSENT players Simon ‘Twist’ Eliasson and Jonas ‘Lekr0’ Olofsson join the ranks of Fnatic. Fnatic are also bringing on previous sub John ‘Wenton’ Eriksson to make up the difference.

According to the Fnatic release on their website, the roster changes come after internal troubles had been brewing on the team for several months.

“Being together in a team for a long period means that small issues can easily turn into bigger issues,” the statement reads. “These issues can then weed their way into fundamental team dynamics, affecting the chemistry needed for success.”

The team found that a schism had formed between players and that change was necessary “in order for future growth.”

“Regardless of the efforts all parties have tried to make to resolve the internal issues, it reached a point where there was a clear division within the team. Both parties felt that it was necessary to split the team up in order for future growth, and the rebuilding of the chemistry needed for success.”

The schism did seem to be affecting the team’s effectiveness as the roster changes come after a drop in performance for Fnatic. The team dominated the CS:GO scene between December and March of this year winning trophy after trophy, but simply haven’t been able to maintain that momentum since.

“Our results have not been satisfying to all of us lately and I guess you can say that these internal pressures test friendships, unfortunately we did not pass that test,” JW stated.

For GODSENT’s part, they seem pretty thrilled with the addition. Markus ‘pronax’ Wallsten claimed, “flusha, KRIMZ and JW alongside znajder and myself represent a dream line-up that we’ve been sketching on paper for quite a while.”

GODSENT also announced that the new players will become co-founders and shareholders of the team, making them player-owned.

“The ability to play in a new line-up and become masters of our own team was a key factor for us to take on this project,” Znajder added.

Will this change up mean great things for both teams? Will it heal the division between players, allowing both teams to achieve more than they could have before? Only time, and results, will tell.

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.