Fnatic Sign Nicoodz and Roej

Fnatic Sign Nicoodz and Roej

After weeks of waiting, Fnatic announced the signing of Nico "nicoodoz" Tamjidi and Fredrik "roeJ" Jørgensen.

After weeks of waiting, Fnatic announced the signing of Nico “nicoodoz” Tamjidi and Fredrik “roeJ” Jørgensen, who joined the Black & Orange CS:GO roster from Copenhagen Flames. The Danish duo will team up with Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson and William “mezii” Merriman.

New Signings

The addition of nicoodoz and roeJ comes three weeks after Fnatic parted ways with Alexander “ALEX” McMeekin and Valentin “poizon” Vasilev, who got cut from the team on May 19. With these signings, Fnatic CS:GO roster now consists of four players, leaving one more vacant spot that needs to be filled.

Nicoodz and roeJ join Fnatic from Copenhagen Flames, where they have made a name for themselves as two of the best players on the Danish squad. The duo helped Copenhagen Flames break inside the top-10 on the global CS:GO ladder and had an impressive performance at the recent Majors.

Most notably, Copenhagen Flames qualified for the PGL major Antwerp as the top-seeded team from PGL Major Antwerp 2022: European RMR B and reached the quarter-finals. Besides their success in Belgium, Copenhagen Flames also impressed at PGL Major Stockholm 2021 in November, when they came one map short of qualifying for the playoffs.

A Turmblend Period

With the recent addition, the London-based esports organization hopes to get back on track following a turbulent period for its CS division. The team has struggled with consistency for the past few months and has already made several roster changes.

Just this year, Fnatic parted ways with AWPer Owen “smooya” Butterfield, sold its superstar Ludvig “Brollan” Brolin to Ninjas in Pyjamas, and most recently, benched ALEX and poizon following the team’s failure to qualify for the Major. Still, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel for the Black & Orange.

But even though all the roster changes and being forced to play with stand-ins, Fnatic has achieved little to nothing. Since the turn of the year, Fnatic have not won a single CS:GO tournament nor have they come close to doing so.

Fnatic kicked off the year with a seventh-eight place finish at Funspark ULTI 2021 and another top-8 at Pinnacle Winter Series #1. But, unfortunately, things wouldn’t improve in the following months.

At the IEM Katowice, Fnatic showed some life, but they quickly proved that they could not compete with the world’s best teams. Eventually, the Black & Orange crashed out of the tournament in ninth-12th place.

At the PGL Major Antwerp, Fnatic hit a new low, failing to make it through the first three open qualifiers, where they had faced significantly weaker teams. They eventually placed second in the fourth open qualifier, dragging their way into the European RMR.

But unsurprisingly, Fnatic did not achieve much in the RMR, where they crashed out in 12th-14th place. In their last tournament appearance, Fnatic finished seventh-eighth in the IEM Dallas qualifiers.

A Fresh Start

Nicodooz has emerged as one of the top players in the CS:GO scene in recent months and was one of the highest-rated AWPers in Europe. The 21-year-old has averaged an impressive 1.20 rating on LAN against top-20 opponents in 2022 and was a key to Copenhagen Flames’ success.

RoeJ, on the other side joins Fnatic as a veteran CS:GO player who has been in the scene for quite some time. The 28-year-old has had a relatively quiet period since this departure from MAD Lions but has found his form under Copenhagen Flames, averaging a 1.04 rating against top-20 opponents on LAN.

Fnatic are now just one player short of finalizing the roster, but we won’t have to wait for long before we find out who the fifth and final member of the team is. The new-look Fnatic are slated to debut at the Pinnacle Cup Championship 2022, starting on June 8, so it’s fair to expect further updates in the coming days.