With the signing of 18 year-old Peppe “Peppzor” Borak, the Swedish roster of Fnatic hopes to shift the tide on its recent under-performances while also developing its future in CS:GO.
With Valve reinforcing penalties and rules surrounding extended rosters in their January update to the RMR 2021 season, many organisations have discarded their plans of owning an extended roster.
Team Vitality, one of the most dominating six-man rosters in the scene, benched Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom earlier in March for these exact same reasons. However, Fnatic has decided to gamble on the youngster to diversify its options and develop talent for the future.
According to Fnatic’s statement, it is likely that the youngster will stay away from Valve sponsored tournaments, keeping Peppzor away “from the pressure of official matches” while he gets integrated into the squad.
Peppe will slowly but surely be integrated in the team and grow in the role as the 6th player. We will find our own way to be as efficient as possible with this new structure.Andreas Samuelsson, Head Coach of Fnatic CS:GO
Fnatic CS:GO will also undergo role changes, with Jack “Jackinho” Mattsson finally taking over the AWP role, having foregone the “Big Green” to Jesper “JW” Wecksell when he joined the team, earlier this year.
With these changes, Head Coach Andreas Samuelsson hopes to give the line-up a “much needed shake-up”. He and Fnatic’s Chief Gaming Officer Patrik “cArn” Sättermon are currently hosting an AMA on the Counter-Strike Reddit about this new announcement.
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