Arguably the most exciting talent to have emerged from his region over the past few years, Ludvig “Brollan” Brolin has confirmed his move from Fnatic to NiP, in one of the worst-kept transfer sagas CS:GO has seen for some time. The move comes after the young Swede spent the better part of four years with Fnatic, and the huge reported fee paid by NiP is sure to put pressure on both org and player. Gamelevate takes you through the transfer, and what the community should expect from the Swedish entry fragger going forward.
How Good Is Brollan?
Brollan joined Fnatic initially as a stand-in back in October 2018 after a couple of stints with Red Reserve and GODSENT. The young Swede almost immediately took to the jump up in competitive play and began establishing himself as one of the top emerging talents in the game with his aggressive style of entry fragging.
The Swede ended 2018 with a rating of 1.10, 1.12 impact, and 0.72 kills per round, and would win his first major piece of silverware just a year or so after joining Fnatic by winning DreamHack Masters Malmo in October 2019.
Fnatic reached the summit of the world rankings right as the online era was ushered in, with Brollan scooping up his first MVP award at ESL Pro League Season 11 in April 2020. To go along with this success, Brollan also bagged consecutive top twenty individual awards, rounding out 2019 and 2020 as the 19th and 15th best player in the world.
A Lucrative Sum
Brollan is good friends with a number of players in the NiP lineup, and played under Hampus “hampus” Poser during both their Red Reserve and GODSENT days, however, the revelation that NiP were lining up a sizeable bid for Fnatic’s superstar just days after their exit from IEM Katowice 2022 really was a surprise.
The Swede had signed a contract due to run out in 2024 back in March 2021, which was the biggest driver behind the huge fee reported to be around €600,000 for the 19-year-old.
Brollan won’t be able to play the remainder of ESL Pro League Season 15 due to transfer rules, and it’s still unclear whether Love “phzy” Smidebrant or Nicolas “Plopski” Gonzalez Zamora that end up making way long-term for the Swede.
Speaking about the move, NiP COO Jonas Gundersen said:
“We’ve been looking at Brollan for years now — every serious team has. In my mind, it hasn’t been a question of whether he would join, but when, and I think he’s chosen a fantastic time.”
Brollan himself has said about the move:
“I’m excited to take the next step in my career with NIP, I go way back with some of the players and I really feel like it’s time to lift some trophies together.”