Keita joins Fnatic as strategic coach

The former Complexity coach has found a new home at Fnatic, just after a month of inactivity.

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Fnatic on Twitter have announced the addition of Jamie “keita” Hall as the strategic coach of their CSGO division while Andreas ‘Samuelsson’ Samuelsson will transition to a managerial role within the Swedish organization. 

It was Complexity whom Keita represented for almost two years before signing up Fnatic before the Texas-based organization decided to part ways with William “RUSH” Wierzba and mutually with the 28-year-old Brit in the wake of lacklustre showings across tournaments in 2020. The addition of Keita to their CSGO division will be Fnatic’s third signing in less than a week after they decided to go international by signing Alex “⁠ALEX⁠” McMeekin as their IGL and William “⁠mezii⁠” Merriman. Previously, they parted ways with Jesper “JW” Wecksell and Maikil “Golden” Selim as a part of their roster overhaul. 

With Keita on board, Samuelsson will now focus on the development of the Main and Academy team and assist the newly appointed Brit. Keita would now work with the team’s new captain ALEX going forward in a bid to claim the lost grounds in terms of rankings. 

ALEX and mezii both joined Cloud9 as a part of Henry “HenryG” Greer’s project dubbed as the “Colossus” in the second half of 2020 alongside Ricky “floppy” Kemery, Ozgur “Woxic” Eker, and Patrick “es3tag” Hansen. Across their time at Cloud9, the team had their own ups and downs, which resulted in putting the CSGO division on hold. 

In a press release, Samuelsson stated:

With Jamie joining as our new strategic mastermind and his responsibility directed towards our in-game performance, I will be responsible for the Fnatic CSGO division and move to a more managerial role. This will mean I’ll be responsible for managing a number of aspects of the team, including but not limited to, the holistic structure, staffing, and new development within the team. It will be my responsibility to ensure as a team, we always stay on top, evaluate day-to-day work, oversee the development of our academy team, always be scouting and identifying new talent, whilst also maintaining daily contact with all the players currently associated with Fnatic.

The new-look Fnatic will debut at the upcoming ESL Pro League Season 14 and have been drawn in Group C alongside heavyweights like FaZe Clan, Natus Vincere, Mousesports, and Evil Geniuses. They will play their opener against NaVi on August 27.

Fnatic are now:

  • Freddy “⁠KRIMZ⁠” Johansson
  • Ludvig “⁠Brollan⁠” Brolin
  • Jack “⁠Jackinho⁠” Ström Mattsson
  • Alex “⁠ALEX⁠” McMeekin
  • William “⁠mezii⁠” Merriman
  • Jamie “⁠keita⁠” Hall (Strategic Coach)

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