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January 16th, 2020

Xizt leaves FNATIC

Richard "Xizt" Landström is no longer tied by a contract to FNATIC, the British esports organization has announced on Twitter.

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FNATIC released Xizt from his contract
photo courtesy of ELEAGUE

The Swedish player officially joined the FNC lineup at the end of May in 2018. Their cooperation lasted more than 1,5 years, with Richard spending the last four months on the team's bench. He had helped them to win PLG Grand Slam and become runners-up at two Big Events, StarSeries i-League S7 and IEM Sydney.

He was kicked from the roster after they had shown a lacklustre performance at the European Minor for StarLadder Major Berlin. There, the Swedish squad took fourth place and, for the first time in its whole history, didn’t qualify for a CSGO Major. Aside from Landström, a spot in the starting five was also lost by Simon "twist" Eliasson.

According to the 1PV report, Richard will continue his career in the Dignitas organization, where he is expected to reunite with his former NiP teammates: Adam "friberg" Friberg, Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund, and Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg. As for the fifth player, it is rumoured that they will be joined by Håkon "hallzerk" Fjærli, who previously played for Nordavind.

After Xizt and Twist left the roster, FNC brought back Robin "flusha" Rönnquist and Maikil "Golden" Kunda Selim, which resulted in immediate success. Soon enough, the Swedish five came back to the Top 5 of HLTV’s World Ranking. They conquered the championship title of DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019 and took second place at StarSeries i-League S8 and ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals.

The current CSGO lineup of FNATIC:

  • Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson
  • Jesper "JW" Wecksell
  • Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin
  • Robin "flusha" Rönnquist
  • Maikil "Golden" Kunda Selim (loan)
  • Andreas "Samuelsson" Samuelsson (coach)

IEM Katowice will be the first tournament for FNC in 2020. They earned a slot at this event due to winning DH Malmö, which is a part of the Intel Grand Slam circuit. The championship in Poland is scheduled for January 25 - March 1 and offers a prize fund of $500,000.