Fnatic Bench Jackinho, Loans Smooya From Movistar Riders Temporarily

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Fnatic Removes Jackinho⁠ From Active CS:GO Roster, Starts Hunt for New AWPer

Fnatic undergoes yet another change!

Aditya Singh Rawat
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Fnatic has removed Jackinho from their active CS:GO roster, loaning smooya as his temporary replacement from Movistar Riders.
The organization has also stated that they will be exploring new options for the AWP role in the coming months.
Fnatic has failed to qualify for PGL Major Stockholm 2021, preparing to compete in the upcoming IEM Winter 2021: European Open Qualifier #1.

Fnatic is undergoing yet another change as they announce the benching of their 22-year-old sniper Jack "Jackinho" Ström Mattsson. This comes following a really disappointing performance at the last Major qualifier, IEM Fall 2021: Europe. Fnatic despite making some big changes got whitewashed '0-5' to place last in their group, failing to qualify for PGL Major Stockholm 2021.

This has forced the organization to explore new options for the AWP role, ending Jackinho's nine-month stint with them. As they continue their hunt for a new marksman, Fnatic has temporarily signed Owen "smooya" Butterfield as a stand-in for the upcoming IEM Winter 2021: European Open Qualifier #1 scheduled to take place from 9th-10th October.

Jackinho departs Fnatic's active CS:GO roster, signs smooya temporarily

The 22-year-old Swede, Jackinho, has not been able to deliver consistent impactful performances for Fnatic. He joined the team when they were not doing too well, and was not immediately handed the responsibility of operating the big green.

Over the next few months, Fnatic has had a drop in form, resulting in more changes which witnessed the departure of Robin "flusha" Rönnquist, Maikil "Golden" Selim, and Jesper "JW" Wecksell.

However, these multiple roster changes have not resulted in a turnaround of its fortunes. The new lineup since coming together on 3rd August has had subpar performances across multiple tournaments like BLAST Nordic Masters: Fall 2021, ESL Pro League Season 14, and IEM Fall 2021: Europe.

Finally, a bold step has been taken to find a better AWPer as Jackinho has just not been able to deliver consistently, registering an overall HLTV rating of below 1.0 since the new lineup came together. His best performance for the organization coming all the way back in April 2021 during Snow Sweet Snow #3.

Jackinho on his departure from Fnatic's active CS:GO roster

Fnatic has openly declared that they are currently exploring new options to fill their AWP role, but in the meantime they have loaned smooya over from Movistar Riders who will be acting as a stand-in at the upcoming IEM Winter 2021: European Open Qualifier #1.

Fnatic loans smooya from Movistar Riders

Failing to qualify for the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 is a big deal considering that it is the first CS:GO Major in more than two years, automatically increasing its importance by a thousand fold. Fnatic will be under the scanner moving ahead as they have not been a top-tier contender for quite some time now.

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Aditya is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.