Jonatan “Devilwalk” Lundberg has stepped down as fnatic’s coach, the organisation has announced.
Questions over Jonatan “Devilwalk” Lundberg’s future in fnatic had recently been raised after he was seen playing for the former Property team – currently known as 1337 – in CEVO Professional and in ESEA Premier.
Such rumours were further fuelled when fnatic fielded Andreas “schneider” Lindberg and not Lundberg in fragbite Masters as a substitute for Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer, who will spend two weeks on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on his right ear.
Devilwalk’s time in fnatic has come to an end
He has now left his position as coach of fnatic to return to activity in 1337, almost a year after hanging up his mouse and keyboard. In the ex-Property team, Lundberg will reunite with Lindberg, alongside whom he won the first-ever major, DreamHack Winter 2013, when they were part of fnatic.
“Jonatan has since our CS:GO division’s inception in 2013 been a pivotal part of our team’s foundation and success, both during his time as an active player, and of course in the coaching role he took on last year when we added Krimz and Olofmeister to our roster,” fnatic’s Chief Gaming Officer, Patrik “cArn” Sättermon, said in a statement.
“Even though we will certainly miss Jonatan’s contributions to our team and his amazing character, we are at the same time very excited to follow his return as a professional player.
“I’m positive that Jonatan will have a great opportunity to add more success stories to his resume and I have nothing but respect and understanding for his decision to return as a player, considering his young age and a game that is still rapidly growing.”
According to a report by Aftonbladet, Lundberg’s replacement will come in the form of ex-Property coach Viktor “vuggo” Jendeby, who worked as an analyst for fnatic during their recent title-winning campaign at ESL One Katowice.
The Swedish giants could be making their first appearance with the new coach at DreamHack Summer – to which they recently received an invite. That is, unless the team manage to qualify for Fragbite Masters S4’s offline finals, which will take place next weekend.