Earlier in the week, Fnatic would announce flusha’s transfer to the bench. Also, standing in his place will be former Team Envy player Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom. His benching is the result of several lackluster performances throughout the year. This all would culminate into an early exit at the FACEIT London Major. This also means Fnatic is losing their Legends status at the next Major. Therefore, they will need to go through the qualifiers for IEM Katowice.
This seems to be the last straw for the former European powerhouse. It is now clear that Fnatic is willing to let go even their longest-tenured members to find success. We will see if ScreaM can find success where flusha could not.
Meanwhile, Cloud9 is also going through a rough year of their own. After their huge Major win in Boston, they were not able to find any more success throughout 2018. Additionally, their roster has constantly been in flux ever since the Boston Major as well. First, they would lose star fragger Jacky “Stewie2K” Yip to Brazilian team MIBR. After their disappointing showing at ESL One Cologne, they would lose in-game leader Tarik “tarik” Celik to MIBR as well.
They would experiment with some lineups, finally settling on adding in-game leader Maikil “Golden” Selim. They would also keep former Mousesports support Martin “STYKO” Styk on loan. Although the team would have flashes of greatness, they could not find much synergy amongst the team members. Many fans wonder if Cloud9 will begin replacing some of the other longtime members of the squad. Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham, Timothy “autimatic” Ta and Will “RUSH” Wierzba are the only members from the Boston Major winning roster.
Flusha will provide Cloud9 will a steady veteran presence on the team, something that they have been lacking for some time now. Also, although he has been having an off year, Rönnquist is also a decent fragger. Cloud9 has been lacking firepower ever since the departure of Stewie2K. Replacing STYKO with Flusha should add a bit of firepower to their lineup. Additionally, Flusha has a great history with Cloud9’s current in-game leader Golden. Golden and Flusha were apart of the Fnatic lineup that would win IEM Katowice and the World Electronic Sports Games with, earlier in 2018. Maybe he can find his form again under his former IGL.
Finally, it is not confirmed yet whether Flusha is only standing in for BLAST Pro Series Istanbul or for longer. Should Flusha impress the organization, he could possibly earn himself on permanent roster spot. As for STYKO, it looks like his time on Cloud9 is over. With the team, he was not able to create many chances to impress. Their results are pretty discouraging, and his numbers were pretty low throughout his stint with the team. Additionally, his effect on the team as a support was not significant enough to justify his spot on the roster.
We will see if Cloud9 can find some kind of success this September when BLAST Pro Series Istanbul begins. Afterward, they will head to the ESL Pro League for their first match on October 3rd.
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