Ryan “freakazoid” Abadir will be making a temporary return into Counter-Strike in Dreamhack Austin.
The US player, benched by Cloud9, will be playing at Dreamhack Austin as a stand-in player for their MLG opponents Splyce. It was only yesterday that Splyce received their invitation to the event, and starter Abraham “abe” Fasli could not change plans he has made for a vacation.
Similar problems plagued top European teams, according to Dreamhack. Invites were turned down due to scheduling issues, and subsequently allocated to Splyce, Tempo Storm and NRG Esports.
They will be joining other teams that received early invites such as Counter Logic Gaming, Team Liquid and MLG Champions Luminosity Gaming. In addition, Cloud9 and Selfless Gaming will also join in after both teams qualified for the event.
The player had also been linked with a move to Echo Fox since he was dropped from Cloud9’s starting lineup. As for Cloud9, the team had announced Alec “Slemmy” White as freakazoid’s replacement.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the pool, Fnatic is changing their CS:GO competiting roster once more, switching out Niclas “PlesseN” Plessen and replacing him with John “wenton” Eriksson.
It was revealed that wenton has left his previous team, Preparation, after having spent roughly three months with the roster.
Despite little initial success, Preparation still featured several prominent members of the Scandinavian CS:GO scene, including Casper “Cadian” Møller, Frej “kHRYSTAL” Sjöström and, of course, wenton himself.
PlesseN joined Fnatic amidst the Columbus Major to replace injured star Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer, but according to Fnatic’s coach Viktor “vuggo” Jendeby, PlesseN did not really fit in into the Fnatic equation. It is also unclear when olofmeister might make his return.
“We still think he’s got an incredible future ahead of him,” Jendeby added. “But in the short-term we need someone with more experience under their belt, so we can focus on our own game rather than foster new talent.”
Riding on an incredible streak of six consecutive LAN victories against many other top teams, the Swedish giants had ended their campaign prematurely in the quarterfinals after being thrashed by their Danish rivals, Astralis in Ohio.