The new lineup is the truest distillation of the philosophy behind Fnatic’s textbook style and their tradition of winning. At its core, CS is a game of execution. The team who executes their strategies, however simple or complex they may be, will be the team that dominates the tournament scene. This is where Fnatic shine. Under the guidance of coaches Jumpy and Vuggo, the team operate on the same page at all time. Well planned strategies are executed flawlessly, with smooth rotations and well timed lurking to create total map control. This weekend, the team will have an easier time with calling these rotations as coach Jumpy will be filling in for Dennis. His history as one of the most respected IGLs in 1.6 suggests that his performance will be one to shut down detractors and put the new lineup off to a strong start.
This new lineup has already proven to be a dangerous threat in online competition. This past week, in the online stages of the Esports Championship Series, Fnatic squared off against two of Europe’s top teams, Faze and Dignitas. Unsurprisingly, the Swedes swept both series with 2-0 finishes. In their match on Dust II against Dignitas, Fnatic demonstrated the ability to reach into the depths of their playbook and dust off vintage strategies. Their T half largely consisted of heavy pressure onto A site, while using lurkers and careful grenade usage to maintain control of key chokes on B doors, Cat and CT Ramp to keep the option of a B take viable. In their Mirage match against Faze, Fnatic dominated the CT half with well placed smokes to leave Faze sitting ducks to lightning fast rotations. In a show of versatility, Olof maintained ownership of the AWP for the majority of the match, while Dennis took on a more lurking oriented role. This role is where Jumpy will likely find himself, as he anchors the team with steady, consistent frags and identifying enemy movement patterns.