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CSGO | The Return of Xizt

Ahead of the ECS Season 5 Finals, which will take place in Wembley Arena on 8th June, we’re pleased to welcome home an old face of Fnatic Counter-Strike, Richard ‘Xizt’ Landström.

The 27-year old veteran of the game will take a place in our starting roster, whilst Jonas ‘Lekr0’ Olofsson takes a step back into a substitute role, meanwhile we further explore his options for the future.

Xizt first joined back Fnatic back in 1.6, when he played alongside our now Chief Gaming Officer, Patrik ‘cArn’ Sättermon throughout 2011 and into 2012.

“Today, it’s really exciting for us at Fnatic to announce that Richard ‘Xizt’ Landström is returning to Fnatic. I had the privilege to call Richard a teammate in the latter part of Fnatic’s CS 1.6 tenure, and I recall a player that had a unique balance between being a strong team player, meanwhile being capable of world-class individual play.

Needless to say Xizt, has had an amazing career in CS:GO thus far and we hope this return will increase our team’s consistency under his leadership. Welcome back my friend.” - Patrik ‘cArn’ Sättermon

Straight after joining Fnatic Counter-Strike in 2010, Xizt lifted the IEM V European Championship Finals trophy before continuing to find the Black and Orange winning touch as part of perhaps the most storied Swedish Counter-Strike organisation.

He later joined our Swedish rivals, Ninjas in Pyjamas, where he would stay for over five years.

He has since played as a substitute for FaZe Clan, where he most recently won the Intel Extreme Masters XIII in Sydney.

“I'm thrilled joining Fnatic! 2018 has been full of ups-and-down for me personally, starting with moving to a substitute role at NiP and then going on to win IEM Sydney with FaZe. Now, it feels good to finally rejoin Fnatic and I'm going to do my best in making us a consistent contender in the future.

Fnatic was the organisation that helped me become a professional esports player back in 2010 and I'm really happy and proud to return to wearing the Black and Orange.

I'd also like to thank FaZe Clan for playing there almost two months and making this transfer as smooth as possible!” - Richard ‘Xizt’ Landström

Xizt arrives with years of in-game leading experience, and as such will take the mantle of IGL from Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim. Golden will thus move to an entry fragger role within the lineup.

“Whereas I’m sad to move to a substitute position I won’t stop striving for my goals as a player and I hope to soon return back to the big stage.” - Jonas ‘Lekr0’ Olofsson

2018 has already been a year to remember, with IEM Katowice and WESG to our name. We thank Lekr0 for his incredible involvement on our return to lifting trophies, but we now prepare for long-term stability in our search for our return to the top.