Fnatic CS:GO team, a Swedish-only team since 2013, went international for the first time in their history.
In July, the team benched the iconic Jesper “JW” Wecksell and in-game leader Maikil “Golden” Kunda Selim. Thereupon, it was a matter of curiosity which two new players would join the team. Two players that the team has signed have been announced. Instead of JW and Golden, they signed Alex “ALEX” McMeekin and William “mezii” Merriman, who made the team an international team.
Old Friends Meet Again
ALEX and mezii played together on Cloud9 from September 2020 to March 2021. They left the team after Cloud9 decided to suspend their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive activities temporarily. After Cloud9’s disbandment, mezii moved to the Endpoint, while ALEX stays inactive. Now, the duo met again on Fnatic.
With these transfers, the current roster of the team is:
- Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson
- Ludvig “Brollan” Brolin
- Jack ”Jackinho” Ström Mattsson
- Alex “ALEX” McMeekin
- William “mezii” Merriman
After the roster change, ALEX became the new captain. The captain also retweeted Fnatic’s video greeting to ALEX and mezii on Twitter, saying,
“It’s not coming home, but I am. I’m honored to be joining such a legendary team as Fnatic, I’m lucky to be joining a group of amazing players & staff who all share the common goal of bringing Fnatic back to the top. I can’t wait to get started ! #alwaysfnatic”
mezii also tweeted about his new transfer:
“I’m excited to finally announce that I’ve joined the @FNATIC family!
I’ve achieved a lot with the @TeamEndpoint boys & wish them the best going forward! I’m ready to grind with this great international roster & represent new colors under a historic org #ALWAYSFNATIC”
Past Achievements of ALEX and mezii
Having a more established history than mezii, ALEX played only in French-speaking teams until his transfer to Cloud9, despite being British. ALEX had his greatest successes playing for Team Vitality. They became champions by defeating mousesports 2-1 in the EPICENTER 2019 final. In Esports Championship Series Season 7 – Finals, they defeated FURIA Esports 2-0 to win the grand prize and championship. Also among his achievements are ESL One: Cologne 2019 runner-up and DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019 runner-up, again with Team Vitality.
Teams played: webSPELL Gaming, Safe Gaming, webSPELL Gaming, melty eSport Club, Platinium-Servers, Team LDLC, Team Vitality, Cloud9
mezii, who is younger than ALEX and has a newer esports career, also has a lot of S-Tier tournament experience. Although he did not reach the semi-finals in any S-Tier tournament, he got the quarter-finals with the Cloud9 team in cs_summit 7 and DreamHack Masters Winter 2020: Europe. Reaching the BLAST Premier: Fall 2020 Showdown semi-finals with Cloud9, the most significant achievements of the player in the Endpoint team are the Pinnacle Cup II second place with a 2-1 loss against Team Spirit and the Elisa Invitational Summer 2021 semi-final.
Teams played: Dog Gaming, Team XENEX, Orgles5, London Esports, Vexed Gaming, Team GamerLegion, Cloud9, Endpoint
We will see together in the coming days what Fnatic CS:GO team, who transferred non-Swedish players to the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive squad for the first time, will achieve with its new roster.