The debut event for the new fnatic lineup was a successful one as the Swedish lineup hoisted the trophy and walked away $100,000 richer. fnatic won DreamHack Masters Malmö with a 2-1 victory over Vitality.
fnatic benched Richard “Xizt” Landström and Simon “twist” Eliasson after failing to qualify for the StarLadder Major in Berlin and looked toward two previous members of the organization in the form of Robin “flusha” Rönnquist and Maikil “goldenmajk” Selim to get the organization back on track.
They seem to be doing just that as fnatic took down TYLOO, G2, FURIA, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Astralis, and Vitality to earn their first title with this lineup.
Strong performances from Jesper “JW” Wecksell and Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson helped push fnatic to victory in the grand final where they finished at +8 and +11 respectively in their kill-to-death ratio. Each member of the lineup made big plays and had their impact throughout the tournament however.
This is a good start and might just be exactly what the Swedish squad needed to push themselves to the next level and start to build some of that confidence the fnatic lineups of old were known for.
Regardless of which team held the trophy, Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut was the player to win MVP thanks to his +22 k/d ratio across the series adding to an already stellar stat line.