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Esports: JW future in doubt

A disappointing ending to a storied career in fnatic has Jesper "JW" Wecksell eager to prove himself to the world and possibly showcase the Swedish scene.

Sweden, the original bastion of elite Counter-Strike has long been losing ground, so much so that the most iconic team from the Nordic country, fnatic went international in 2021. Fnatic are currently 33/1 to win IEM Katowice.

Ready for the next generation

JW now wants to change that trend by promoting his country's next young talents alongside longtime friend and teammate Robin "flusha" Ronnquist. Ronnquist is another fellow fnatic alumnus.

The start of the end for fnatic's Swedish roster began when flusha left the organization in January 2021. JW kind of went downhill around the same time as flusha's departure.

JW wasn't ready to be removed from his role as an AWP. So, he forced the new talent that was brought in to replace flusha. Forcing the youngster to a new position caused several issues within the organization.

The team continued to flounder, and management eventually benched both Golden and JW who by then had given up the AWP role, hoping that Jackinho manning the sniper riffler would make a difference.

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Still got the hunger

It didn't and the roster was revamped not long after. They went international with the additions of Alex "ALEX" McMeekin and William "mezii" Merriman who were later joined by Jamie "keita" Hall and Owen "smooya" Butterfield.

Having been on the bench since the Summer, it came as no surprise in October that JW and fnatic parted ways. JW said.

"Sure, at first I didn't expect myself to be there that long, but I felt like the longer it went on, that it was where I was always going to play and retire and I'd keep working in the organization with other stuff like coaching, management or whatever.

There doesn't seem to be much chance JW can get back in the fight with a top flight team, but has already stated that: "I still want to compete, but I also want to show Swedish Counter-Strike true face in the process."

A new Swedish organization led by JW and flusha could be on the horizon for the pair of friends.

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