Robin "flusha" Rönnquist / ELEAGUE

flusha steps down from Fnatic after rumors of forming new team

Nick J. January 8, 2021

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive veteran Robin "flusha" Rönnquist has removed himself from the roster of Fnatic, the organization announced today.

Fnatic announced that the rifler had moved to the team's inactive list in a post on the organization's website along with a tweet announcing the news. Soon after, flusha confirmed the news and revealed that he had chosen to step down and explore other options in competitive CSGO.

flusha initially joined the Swedish team in 2013 and was present for the team's three CSGO Major wins. Despite the Major trophies, flusha and Fnatic have had a rocky relationship over the years. Fnatic has benched or traded flusha three times, which has seen him transferred to various other organizations over the years. The CSGO veteran spent nearly a year on GODSENT in 2016 and had a 10-month stint with North American organization Cloud9 from 2018 to2019.

flusha linked to former Cloud9 teammate autimatic in new team

flusha had enjoyed an impressive 2020 campaign, helping Fnatic win ESL Pro League Season 11 in March. While Fnatic struggled after its EPL win, flusha still managed decent numbers that included a best-of-three overtime thriller against Astralis where flusha posted a 1.42 series rating.

As for what the player's future plans are, flusha declined to offer any hints to inquisitive fans. In a stream shortly after the announcement, flusha joked about the decision after being asked why he chose to step down from the famous esports organization:

"Why did I step down? Because I want to be an in-game leader for the rest of my career," flusha joked.

The news of flusha's stepping down from his role in Fnatic lends weight to a previous report claiming that flusha, former Cloud9 teammate Tim "autimatic" Ta, and benched ENCE player Miikka "suNny" Kemppi had approached several organizations regarding the creation of a new CSGO team that would feature the three players as its core. The report is unconfirmed and plans could still change for any of the players involved, but the possibility of this new team seems serious.

Fnatic is widely expected to bring in Jack "Jackinho" Ström Mattso to fill flusha's spot on its CSGO roster. He's previously played for Prima Esport and nerdRage as the main AWPer.