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Benjamin Hodge Mckenna

Benjamin Hodge Mckenna

Ben is a student on the UK’s first esports degree at Staffordshire University. Alongside writing, Ben is a CS:GO caster under the pseudonym ‘Protalis’. He has worked with the National University Esports League to provide coverage for their CS:GO division. Twitter @Protalis22

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CSGO: Fnatic Announce Samuelsson as New Head Coach

Fnatic add Samuelsson, Remove Jumpy
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Fnatic announced the signing of Andreas “Samuelsson” Samuelsson to coach their CS:GO roster.


Andreas “Samuelsson” Samuelsson will replace Jimmy “Jumpy” Berndtsson as head coach of Fnatic’s CS:GO division. Berndtsson had previously coached the roster for three years before deciding not to renew his contract with the organization.

The change in coaches appears to be yet another move towards Fnatic’s “New Era” that they announced following their seemingly untimely departure from the European Minor. Since then, Fnatic has benched both  Richard “Xizt” Landström and Simon “twist” Eliasson as the Swedish organization actively seeks players to replace them.

Samuelsson originally began his coaching career in Fnatic’s academy roster, leading them to the European Minor for the PGL Krakow Major in 2017. Since then, he’s worked in a managerial role within the Fnatic organization. In the public announcement on Fnatic’s website, Samuelsson had this to say:

“I’m delighted to be appointed to one of the finest jobs in [esports]. There’s no secret that we have had significant issues with consistency. Now, I’m looking forward to taking the lead in improving the team and the individuals – aspects extending to both in- and out-of-game – as well working closely with our IGL and mental coach. I will begin by focusing on building a performance strategy and a clear structure to achieve our goals. I’m more than dedicated to put in the work required to achieve great success and build a new Fnatic era.”

The Fnatic CS:GO roster is now as follows:

  • Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson”
  • Jesper “JW” Wecksell
  • Ludvig “Brollan” Brolin
  • Richard “Xizt” Landström (Benched)
  • Simon “twist” Eliasson (Benched)
  • Andreas “Samuelsson” Samuelsson (Coach)

Image VIA: Fnatic

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