Archi Calls It Quits, Gux to Fnatic
WWW.FNATIC.COM - Oscar "Archi" Torgersen hangs up his headphones to Counter Strike 1.6 and is replaced by Rasmus "Gux" Stahl.
Archi was a key player for fnatic over the past three years and helped them win and place very high in many events, but as of today will be leaving "Due to personal reasons and a lack of motivation to continue playing and be a professional gamer".
"Archi, our long time friend and team mate, has admitted his lack of interest playing the game to us. His recent lifestyle involves seeing friends and going out a lot more, something he felt was more fun than spending his weekday nights playing CS. I guess he has been feeling like that for some time now but was afraid to say it, being afraid to quit doing something he had been doing for such a long time," Archi's old teammate, Harley "dsn" Orvall said about Archi.
"It’s a sad day at Fnatic whenever we have a player leaving who has been with us for so long, other than dsn, Archi along with f0rest and cArn have been the longest standing Fnatic members of all time," said Sam Matthews, Managing Director for fnatic. "Archi has been a great player for our CS team, from winning their first major title in 2006, to being the number 1 CS team for longest period of time in history of counterstrike (21 Months According to g7 rankings)."
Replacing Archi will be Rasmus "Gux" Stahl, formerly of the Swedish team Blank.
"Gux is a player for the big games, having killed Fnatic and SK with amazing play a couple of times. We are happy to give him the chance to prove himself wearing black and orange with pride," said Harley "dsn" Orvall. "I remember playing Clanbase games with mix teams versus Gux like a year or even more ago, and there was always something annoying with playing him. I could instantly see the talent he had, not only because I died to his gun, but also because he played in a convincing manner."
The Swedish team has just one week to get ready for the European Extreme Masters Continental Finals, where they will go up against some of the best teams in the world, such as mTw and AndThenSome in the group stage. Time is precious - or practice - for the fnatic.msi Counter Strike team before ESL Extreme Masters at CeBiT.
"Right now, time is precious for us, having to bring in a new player one week before the first tournament of the year for us: ESL at CeBiT," Orvall said about Extreme Masters.
There doesn't seem to be any love lost with the recent turn of events, however. Harley "dsn" Orvall concluded, saying that he "...would like to thank Oscar for all the fun and rough times we went through together, all the best having fun with the guys in the Club Vegas house, I’m sure we will see each other in Gothenburg and I hope that you still watch HLTV once in a while to see your old mates play. To Rasmus – welcome to the team, I hope you will have a blast playing with us and we hope that you will be the final piece of the puzzle to make Fnatic truly amazing."
Fnatic also posted an interview with Stahl. The first question is posted below:
Are you feeling any pressure now because you are replacing a player such as Archi?
Coming to a team like Fnatic always brings some expectations but when I'm in the game it will probably be easier for me to "let go" so I'm just going to play my game and show everyone that I deserve to be in FnaticMSI.
For more information, statements, and interviews regarding these recent events visit www.fnatic.com.
The 2009 FnaticMSI.cs lineup is:
Harley "dsn" Örwall
Rasmus "Gux" Stahl
Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg
Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund
Patrik "cArn" Sättermon