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In a move that has surprised and disappointed hardcore Fnatic fans, the team has announced that they will not see the DreamHack Open Winter. This is even more of a disappointment as this was an opportunity for the team to compete and win on their home ground. Fnatic have had a great run recently, with the team dominating the sixth season of the ESL Pro League. The team is also equally dominant in the standings of the fourth season of the ECS.

The CS:GO community was looking forward to seeing Fnatic at DreamHack

With things going so well, both fans and commentators thought the team would show up with some excellent plays at DreamHack. The event commands a prize pool of over $100,000. The event is slated to happen in Jönköping. Fnatic were perhaps the first team to get an invite to the event last month. Other teams due to participate are top names like FaZe and Astralis, as well as the redoubtable SK Gaming and Team Liquid.

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Fnatic will not compete at the DreamHack Open Winter

It had already been noticed that the team were absent from LAN play, and this since the ELEAGUE Premier. There was obviously something seriously wrong with the team. While it’s still not completely clear what problems the team faces, an official news release said that they have serious schedule issues. The release also mentioned family circumstances, but, of course, not what those circumstances were.

They did say, however, that the decision to hold off from participating at the DreamHack Open Winter was not one the team’s management had taken lightly. Not participating at DreamHack will allow the team to manage their other commitments more efficiently, and will give the team its best chance at survival and success. Fnatic will be replaced at DreamHack Winter by BIG, who did very well at the DreamHack ASTRO Open.

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KRiMZ is off duty

Another sign of tight schedules and clashing commitments is that Freddy Johansson, or KRiMZ, will be taking a break, and will not be participating in WESG. His place will be taken by Brollan, a fifteen-year-old player who was one of the star players at the first season of GAMERZ. Whatever issues Fnatic faces, we hope they’ll work through them, and put out their trademark dominating play at the next season of the ESL Pro League. KRiMZ is due to return to the team to play at that event. That’s when the Fnatic roster will be complete once more.


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Alex is the editor of the CS:GO section on this site. He has been active in the games development and Esports scene for more than a decade, even experimenting with creating DOTA-like maps in the original Warcraft III engine that spawned DOTA 2. He also used to hold regional FIFA and CS:GO tournaments. Alex now runs his own indie games-dev company, and mods games on the side. He’s also a 3D texture artist, and an expert on ‘skins’, often creating his own complete sets.