The player is linked to a move to Team Vitality ahead of BLAST Premier Fall Finals
Fnatic have confirmed the parting of ways with William “mezii” Merriman. The announcement comes amidst rumors of the player joining Team Vitality replacing Emil “Magisk” Reif on the squad.
Mezzii joined Fnatic in August 2021 and has been a core team member ever since. The British player helped the team reach the IEM Rio Major Playoffs. However, apart from a few decent performances, the team has generally struggled to find good results. The team has failed to break into the top ten rankings consistently.
Fnatic has not yet announced a replacement for mezii. The team is all set to compete in the BetBoom Dacha 2023 closed qualifier from November 11-21, 2023. Counter-Strike fans can expect a few announced till then.
Community Reactions to Announcement
The community was largely surprised and disappointed with the announcement. The British player has been an integral part of the Fnatic roster and has facilitated a massive improvement in his performance.
Announcing the move, Fnatic highlighted their ‘path to the top of CS2’. With CS2’s release, the community has seen multiple changes to rosters.
We will not rest in this mission, and know this will require investment, which we’re prepared and ready to make.
Fnatic’s statement indicates they might focus on cultivating new talent on their roster with a long-term CS2 vision. However, without any announcements, it is still very unclear what Fnatic’s new roster will look like.
We are working with the central teams who work across our top Valorant and League rosters, to support in these efforts as we seek a replacement and begin the path of upgrading our roster in the coming months.
The BetBoom Dacha CS2 tournament takes place in Dubai in the first week of December. The tournament has a $300,000 prize pool and will feature some of the top teams in the game.