Three months out from the ELEAGUE Major, Fnatic has announced that Freddy "KRiMZ" Johansson has rejoined them from GODSENT, potentially restoring a little familiarity and rhythm to a squad decimated by recent departures and also returning the Swedish team's Legend status in the process. Fnatic gave up Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson as part of the trade.
Flusha, JW and KRiMZ had all left Fnatic to join GODSENT in August, leaving olofmeister and dennis to try to rebuild the team with new recruits, but GODSENT has struggled to gel, failing to qualify for ELEAGUE Season 2. Both teams presumably feel that regaining their former players will boost their chances in the future, even though it means Fnatic go to the ELEAGUE Major and GODSENT have to take their spot at the forthcoming Minor. JW was bullish on social media about their prospects.
Luckily we got to take over fnatics Minor invite, so we are going all in for that! Havent missed a major yet, not planning to do so now!— Jesper Wecksell (@jwCSGO) October 24, 2016
Elsewhere, Astralis confirmed that Finn "karrigan" Andersen has been sold to FaZe Clan. Karrigan said he had "mixed feelings", but admitted that the team had underperformed in the last few months. He subsequently told ESPN that he, the coach and the team couldn't agree on a style of play, which led to karrigan being benched earlier this month. (Presumably he already feels vindicated, having immediately helped his new team win Group A of ELEAGUE Season 2.)
Astralis will presumably have mixed feelings too, because karrigan's departure now puts their Legend status at the upcoming ELEAGUE Major under scrutiny. Karrigan's departure kicked off a round of related trades, which saw Heroic's Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander move to Astralis as his replacement, and Heroic pick up Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen (not to be confused with mousesports' NiKo) to plug their own gap.