ESL has confirmed that Fnatic will not be participating in the Pro League Season 4 Finals in Brazil.
The team, having recently reacquired former team member KRIMZ from GODSENT, has announced that they will be unable to attend the event in Brazil, citing personal reasons as the cause.
ESL also revealed that Fnatic’s spot will be left unfilled. The organization had apparently reached out to all European non-relegation Pro League teams, butwere unable to secure a replacement due to the scheduling and travel difficulties the short notice would cause.
The last minute withdrawal of Fnatic, the team that finished first in the European division, was yet another blow to the already weakened tournament. They would join other notable absentees such as Natus Vincere, Virtus.pro, and G2 – teams who were unable to finish in the top six spots of their region and qualify for the tournament.
The LAN event, which begins October 26th, will now play out with one less team than originally intended, five in Group A and six in Group B – 11 teams split into two groups. Each team will play every opponent in their group in a best-of-one round-robin format, with the best team from each group advancing to directly to the semi-finals, and the second and third best team moving to the quarter-finals.
The $750,000 tournament will be concluding with a LAN final this week in Sao Paulo. It will be the first $100,000+ CS: GO event in South America.