Fnatic’s CSGO team won’t be participating in the 2019 EPICENTER, taking place between December 17th to 22nd, the Swedish organisation announced today. Fnatic have decided to allow their players an extended break after a hectic recent schedule.

Fnatic are pulling out of the 2019 EPICENTER due to their hectic recent schedule. Fnatic are planning to take part in the ECS season eight finals in Dallas, USA this weekend and once concluded, will travel to Odense, Denmark to attend the ESL Pro League season 10 finals taking place between December 3rd to 8th. That would only give the Swedes a one-week break to rest and prepare to travel to Moscow and play at the 2019 EPICENTER.

“This means that after our trips to ECS season eight finals in the U.S. and the ESL Pro League season 10 finals in Denmark, we’ll be giving the players an extended break,” said Fnatic officials yesterday.

EPICENTER did not delay in acting quickly and announced that mousesports will take Fnatic’s spot due to their position as finalists at the European qualifiers. Though Fnatic are undoubtedly one of the best CSGO teams in the world, mousesports are a solid top 10 squad who won the CS GO Asia Championship in Shanghai just last weekend.

Pro CSGO players have a busy agenda and extreme season schedule, and Fnatic isn’t the first organisation to have pulled its team out of a pro CSGO tournament this year. Earlier this month, for example, Team Liquid didn’t participate in IEM Beijing also because of their jam-packed schedule.

The 2019 EPICENTER will now feature pro CSGO teams Evil Geniuses, Natus Vincere, mousesports, AVANGAR, Vitality, Heroic, forZe, and EHOME. These eight teams will play it out for their share of the $500,000 prize pool next month.

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