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Published: November 15, 2023

Written by: Stefan Velikov

  • The UK-based organization will not participate in the BetBoom Dacha Closed Qualifier
  • Polish team 9INE will instead rake fnatic’s place in the event
  • The Polish org will have to go up against Spirit in the qualifier’s Group B

Two players have departed fnatic’s lineup, leaving the team with just three players, necessitating them to withdraw from the BetBoom Dacha Closed Qualifier.

Fnatic Withdraw from Event

Roster shifts can be stressful for both players and organizational staff alike but sometimes it can decide whether a team participates in certain events or not. Such is also the case for fnatic’s Counter-Strike 2 squad, which is currently in the middle of being rebuilt. As a consequence, the organization will not be able to participate in the BetBoom Dacha Closed Qualifier.

Two players, Fredrik “⁠roeJ⁠” Jørgensen and William “⁠mezii⁠” Merriman, have departed the team, so fnatic is currently down to just three players and has told the tournament organizer it will not be able to fill the empty spots in time for the event. Instead, Polish team 9INE will substitute the European side in the closed qualifier’s Group B.

“As we continue to focus on rebuilding our roster for 2024, we informed the tournament organizers that we will not be competing,” fnatic further explained in a statement to the tournament organizers. “Our priorities are fully set on investing in a new roster that will help bring back fnatic CS to its former glory in 2024. We deeply apologize to FISSURE and our fans for the inconvenience.”

Group A of the closed qualifier already played out, with Aurora, Apeks, and BIG making it to the playoffs. Meanwhile, Eternal Fire lost in the lower bracket and were eliminated before the playoffs. Group B will start with none other than 9INE going up against Spirit while Ninjas in Pyjamas and MIBR are duking it out in the meantime at the other side of the bracket.

The top two teams from the qualifier’s playoffs, which close out on November 21, will receive spots for the main event. BetBoom Dacha will take place in Dubai, UAE, between December 5 and 10. If 9INE wins a place in the tournament, the Poles will have to go up against the likes of, Astralis, Cloud9, all of whom have already been invited.

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