Steven R. September 16, 2019
Fnatic is welcoming back two of its former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive stars.
The organization announced the addition of Robin "flusha" Rönnquist and Maikil "Golden" Kunda Selim. They join the team approximately one year after their latest departure.
“Between the moment we dropped out of the Berlin Minor and now, we have made a more arduous effort towards improving our team than ever before...Since, in choosing our new players and creating a management system, we made sure to have a strenuous interview process,” Fnatic said in a statement.
The organization called it a "new era" for Fnatic, with flusha rejoining the CSGO roster and Golden arriving on loan until the end of the year.
flusha was long a core member of Fnatic, winning three majors with the team from 2013 to 2015. He was a steady member with the team until 2018, with the only interruption during that being a brief stint with Godsent.
He split off from Fnatic in 2018 following the team’s disappointing performance at the FACEIT London Major, which saw the team fall outside the top eight of a major for the first time in its history.
A few months prior, Golden was benched by Fnatic and replaced by William "draken" Sundin under somewhat surprising. The team was on an upswing that included first-place finishes at both IEM Katowice 2018 and WESG 2017, but benched its in-game leader under mysterious circumstances shortly after the team began.
Golden would land with Cloud9 ahead of the FACEIT London Major and would be reunited with Flusha not long after. Neither player enjoyed particularly strong success with the team.
flusha reunited with JW and KRIMZ in Fnatic
Golden was benched after just a few months, while flusha departed after the IEM Katowice Major and went on a hiatus from professional Counter-Strike. Golden was reactivated and presided over Cloud9’s recent plunge from CSGO’s upper echelons before being loaned to Ninjas in Pyjamas for the StarLadder Berlin Major.
The pair rejoin veteran Fnatic players Jesper "JW" Wecksell and Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson, and newer addition Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin. This reunites four of the five players from that IEM Katowice 2018 lineup.
The team debuted shortly after the announcement, playing against Heretics in the ECS Season 8 Europe Division.