Fnatic signs FYRR73
Posted 2012-08-29 Acker
Fnatic signs FYRR73
After the departure of Richard "xizt" Landström from Fnatic back in the beginning of August, the Counter Strike team of Fnatic has been on the hunt for a new fifth, in order to complete the line-up before a busy autumn period, which will see Fnatic globetrotting with the first stop being in China for the upcoming K1 League, next week.
Filling the gap after xizt's departure team will be no other than Emil "FYRR73" Karlsson who most recently hailed for Team WinFakt. The Swede has during his Counter Strike career represented the likes of MYM, H2k and Lions but will now, for the first time in his career, be sporting the Fnatic jersey. Here is what Emil had to say about joining FnaticRaidCall:
It will be an honour playing under the Fnatic tag and it was not a hard decision regarding the current situation of CS 1.6. I will miss my old team mates I played with for years, but I believe it´s time to move on and I really look forward to play with these 4 amazing players and try to win more titles for Fnatic!
The signing of FYRR73 comes just in time for the Chinese K1 League. Fnatic will fly out to Asia next week and will be competing in the K1 League which features Counter Strike Online, a game which is rather popular in Asia. The team will then jet off to Tehran, followed by the PGS tournament in Portugal, the Dreamhack tournament in Romania and will wrap-up the trip with Dreamhack Winter 2012 in November.
Ever since xizt's departure, Fnatic has officially been without a in-game leader. It is now official that Fnatic's newest signing, Emil "FYRR73" Karlsson will take up the role as in-game leader of FnaticRaidCall's Counter Strike team. Our CGO Patrik "cArn" Sättermon has stated the following:
The winds of changes are blowing in the world of eSports. Counter-Strike that has been the longest serving title in eSports is about to bid farewell to us all from competitive gaming, with a limited international events around the corner. No longer is CS as we know it supported by tournaments organizers and therefore is Fnatic’s strategy in FPS under transformation, in order to prepare for the future.
However, we are not ready to move to CS:GO just yet. Fnatic believes that the right thing is to proceed with CS1.6 for the next months to come, and not jumping on a train that many are afraid to miss or show up late to. We will indeed take this step later this year, but until then we will still stand close with CS1.6 and its fans, and do our very best to represent our colours, sponsors and fans in the remaining events that actually are left: Pro Gamer Series Porto and Dreamhack Romania.
On top of this, I’m also happy to announce that Emil “Fyrr73” Karlsson will replace Richard “xizt” Landström in the role as Fnatic’s in-game leader. We have had our eyes on Emil for years and seen a player that has developed into one of the best players on the planet - we can’t wait to see him progress even further while playing under our banner.
I would like to use this moment to send our best of lucks to xizt who decided to leave us and CS1.6 earlier this month. Richard is for me one of the finest players I have ever had the chance to play with, and I’m sure he will be a tough opponent for us in future clashes.
As if this informations were not enough. I can today also confirm that Fnatic will travel to Shanghai,China early next week where we are to participate in K1 season 2 for the next three weeks to come. My boys are extremely pumped to travel to this vibrant city, and I’m positive these weeks together will merge us into an entity that represents sportsmanship and team spirit - something Fnatic has been famous for since long.
Now, let me use this moment to send a message to the CS community. The past weeks has been chaotic for us all. The game and sport we are so proud to represent has been questioned and challenged. I can only suggest this: think twice and remind yourself what is actually making our sport so exciting. Doesn’t the beauty of CS comes from having the perfect balance between team play and individual performances? Are we not quite alone in the current eSports scene by supporting a game that has such an extensive history, with tons of interesting stories from the last decade that led us to this very moment, stacked with memories of what now feels like ancient players and tournaments from a period of time when the concept eSports was born.
I would like to believe that these pivotal elements of our sport would not necessarily vanish because we are moving away from CS1.6, they are transferable if we only open our eyes and welcome the change.
I’m hoping that we can find a home and game which a new generation of players can justify “wasting” a decade into, and sometimes even find themselves loving the sport more than life. This is what made Counter-strike successful for such a long period, but it’s no news that we have struggled to attract new talent into our scene, something that could potentially start happen again with the rise of CS:GO.
The question is: are we willing to adapt, and begin writing on the next chapter of the history of Counter-Strike? This is your and only your decision, but remember to respect others´.
I can not say more on this topic besides confirming that our entrance in CS:GO will begin from November onwards. By then we are anticipating that the community has developed much more in terms of competitions and game improvements.
In an ideal world the team would of course like to stay with CS1.6, but as our nature excels from competition and there are no 1.6 tournaments left, we feel that we better give CS:GO a chance at this point and see where that step leads us.
Finally, thanks to all our fans out there for all your support, we really appreciate having you! Also, big shout-outs to our sponsors: Raidcall, SteelSeries, MSI, Eizo and Own3d for the endless support. Oh, I almost forgot, we will also attend MGC in Tehran as well!
See you on the road!
Lots of love and game on!
Patrik “cArn” Sättermon
We want to wish the best of luck to Emil in leading our team in our new era. It surely will be a hard task, both because of the new roster and soon the new game as well, but we have faith that Emil will be on top of the task as well as everyone else. Here is the list of the upcoming events that FnaticRaidCall Counter-Strike team will be attending in the following period:
K1 Shanghai China - 2nd-25th September (CS:Online)
MGC Tehran Iran - 10th-14th September (CS 1.6)
PGS Exponor Portugal - 11th-14th October (CS 1.6)
DreamHack Romania - 20th-21st October (CS 1.6)
DreamHack Winter Sweden - 22nd-25th November (CS:GO)
FnaticRC.cs is from now on:
Michael "Friis" Jørgensen
Martin "trace" Heldt
Finn "Karrigan" Andersen
Andreas "MODDII" Frid
Emil "FYRR73" Karlsson