No. 8 Fnatic CSGO Maintains Spot in ECS, Returning to Form

by Steven Cropley

Fnatic has secured its spot in the Esports Championship Series League for season three. The team is starting to look as if it's finding its form after the switch back to the legendary roster that dominated the Counter-Strike scene back in 2015. The team currently sits at No. 8 in the WWG CSGO Team Rankings, moving it's way back towards the top after a drift to the middle of the pack over the last several months.

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Since the third swap between No. 19 GODSENT and itself, Fnatic had failed to make any big statements with its return to the old veteran lineup that dominated for some time. Picking up only two wins at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice, neither of which were over the most impressive of opponents. A struggling No. 13 Ninjas in Pyjamas alongside the crumbling green wall of No. 7 OpTic Gaming. Since then, Fnatic's most impressive results have come with split series against No. 2 and No. 4 Natus Vincere in the ESL Pro League season five.

Going up against No. 6 North in a best-of-five series to fight for a spot in the third season of the ECS, Fnatic had no easy road. Lucky for the Swedish side, Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer brought some of his old magic. The player led his team to the end of the series with a positive 30 kill-to-death ratio, besting the best of North which was  René "cajunb" Borg at plus seven. Jesper "JW" Wecksell finished at about half the pace of olofmeister, coming in at plus 14 in his kill-to-death ratio.

Following up its qualification for the StarLadder StarSeries i-League season three LAN finals with a best-of-five win over No. 6 North to secure its spot in the ECS is a good look. 

The StarSeries event will take place at the Palace "Ukraine" from April 4 to 9 and feature a $300,000 prize pot. The event will host sixteen top teams with eight of the world's best teams receiving a direct invitation to the finals while the other eight must earn their way via regional qualifiers.

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