The recent bans of coaches are far from the first high-profile scandals in the history of competitive CS:GO. Some players were caught cheating at tournaments, others were secretly taking stimulants, and still, others were cheated or simply didn’t care about their own organizations. Among them one stands out for me. No, they haven’t cheated, not in a traditional sense, at least. And yet Fnatic are known as probably the biggest CS:GO villains of all time. How is that?
The history of esports in CS:GO is usually divided into so-called eras – the era of Astralis, Team Liquid, Heroic (which, as a joke, lasted only a day), etc. At the dawn of the discipline, the eras were much longer than now: after all, tournaments and prepared teams were ten times less. And the longest of the “old” eras was marked by the dominance of Fnatic.
In 2014-2016, before the meteoric rise of the Brazilians under the leadership of FalleN, it was the Swedes who were the leaders in the world of Counter-Strike. The team routinely won tournament after tournament, so the results of the championships could be easily predicted even before the start of the playoffs. The ease with which Fnatic dealt with everyone, at the same time aroused admiration, indignation and an underlying desire that, well, at least someone would defeat them. The team almost always found itself in scandals not of its own free will – against the background of the greatness of the team, any incident immediately attracted the attention of the community. Still, we are talking about Fnatic itself!
Probably everyone saw the recording from DreamHack Bucharest 2013, where Fnatic vilified Ninjas in Pyjamas and Jesper JW Veksel also refuses to shake GeT_RiGhT’s hand after the match – all due to disagreements over the overtime rules: Fnatic won, but they were forced to replay additional rounds. And although Patrick cArn Sattermon and Captain Andreas MODDII Freed apologized to the community after the game, it was from this moment that Fnatic began to turn into a villain. The tournament, by the way, was won by NiP, and Fnatic took over two months later at the first Major.
If you ask an ordinary CS:GO fan who personifies Fnatic, he will surely name the permanent trio of JW, flusha and KRiMZ – and each of them has a far from ideal background. We have already talked about the first one above, the second was suspected of cheating throughout his career, and the third, although the most secretive, is overly impulsive and emotional – which is only a blow to the keyboard and a non-trivial story about an unsuccessful tattoo.
However, the main person involved in the most famous scandal associated with Fnatic turned out to be olofmeister – who, in fact, is an example of an ideal esports player. In the quarterfinals of the fourth Major, Fnatic were losing badly to the French from LDLC on the decisive map Overpass – 3:13. The match turned upside down when the Swedes began to make a little-known (at the time) boost at the CT spawn , which gave an overview of the entire map. Everyone was shocked by Fnatic’s trick – it was thanks to it that the Swedes eventually took all the remaining rounds and won. But that was only the beginning of the story.
Immediately after the match, the administrators decided that Fnatic’s trick was illegal, that is, the use of a bug, which means a violation of the championship rules. The organizers offered the teams to replay the second half of the meeting, but Fnatic refused and withdrew from the championship – either out of pride, or realizing that they would not win otherwise. History will be silent about this, but the episode itself was immortalized in the game.
In recent years, Fnatic has lost its former positions, paying attention to the team in the public field somewhat diminished. Nevertheless, the trail of “villainy” will always haunt them.
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The article was written by a member of the community via the Writer Academy program.