Xizt returns to the legendary Black and Orange of Fnatic

Richard “Xizt” Landström, spent 2 years in the famous black and orange of Fnatic in CS 1.6 where he played alongside the legendary Patrik “cArn” Sättermon, who is now Fnatic’s Chief Gaming Officer.

The team consisting of Xizt, cArn, dsn, Delpan and pita hit the ground running as they won IEM Europe, Kiev in 2010, with Landström earning himself the MVP award. Although it was not smooth sailing, and the team struggled to keep up their initial form.

This resulted in Landström being promoted to in-game leader, instead of cArn, in 2012. This fnatic lineup went from strength to strength, winning four straight tournaments under his leadership, until the release of Global Offensive, when in August 2012 Xizt decided to make the switch.

Landström joined former fnatic players, Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg and Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund, who had been playing for SK Gaming in 1.6, as well as Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson and Adam “friberg” Friberg, who made the move from Source, in Ninjas in Pyjamas. Thus relaunching the Swedish brand, which had originally been created by Emil “HeatoN” Christensen in 2000.

The almost six years he was with the NiP team, started with the imfamous 87-0 map win streak, which is the longest of all time, which eventually came to an end in March 2013. But this run had already cemented the players as legends in Global Offensive. This feat remains undefeated and we are unlikely to ever see anything like it again.

Under his stewardship the legendary Swedish brand won a CS:GO Major, at ESL One: Cologne 2014, and a handfull of second places, at DreamHack Winter 2013, ESL Katowice 2014, DreamHack Winter 2014 and ESL One: Katowice 2015.

In his final years with the Ninjas he led the team to five more trophies, as they won DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016, StarLadder i-League Season 2, IEM Masters Oakland 2016, DreamHack Open Valencia 2017 and IEM Masters Oakland 2017.

In February 2018 his time with Ninjas in Pyjamas came to a close, as they signed Dennis “dennis” Edman to replace him, looking to find a spark that had been missing within the team.

A month passed by with no news on his next venture, until news trickled out that he was set to once again don the Black and Orange of NiP’s closest rivals, fellow Swedes Fnatic.

The Fnatic line-up had just won the Intel Extreme Masters Championship in Katowice under the leadership of their ex-Academy player Maikil “GOLDEN” Selim, yet it was he who Landström was to replace.

However with the Swedish team following up with a win at WESG 2017, picking up a cool $800,000, Selim tweeted out the simple words ‘I stay.’ bringing an end to the rumours revolving around Landström.

A large shuffle in the NA scene saw Landström’s name pop up again, this time linked to Cloud9 where he would replace the outgoing Jake “Stewie2k” Yip.

On April Fools day of all days, the scene was rocked by the news that Richard “Xizt” Landström would make a shock move to Faze Clan to replace Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer, who would be stepping down from the active roster ‘due to personal reasons’.

Now we return to the originally planned move, but with a twist, as Olofmeister returns to his role in Faze Clan, and Xizt makes the move to the legendary Black and Orange of Fnatic to replace Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson, with Golden making the switch to entry-fragger, and Xizt going back to his “usual” in-game leader role.

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