In July, Maikil “Golden” Kunda Selim was benched for the second time in his career by Fnatic. The in-game leader had been one of the architects of the org’s revival in 2019, but a string of poor results over the online era had made things remarkably stale.
However, despite his final days at Fnatic, Golden is still one of CS:GO’s most underappreciated and underrated IGLs. So with the Swede recently voicing his desire to hop back into the server after helping to launch and coach the new Fnatic Rising roster, where could the Swede end up next?
Complexity have built their Juggernaught era in CS:GO off of a reliable core of Scandinavians in Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke and current IGL Benjamin “blameF” Bremer, and have recently strengthened their EU tie further with the acquisition of Patrick “es3tag” Hansen.
Along with the likes of Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen at OG, blameF is a part of a new generation of IGLs that lead from the front by carrying the bulk of a team’s fragging with them. Whilst this has seen the Danish IGL rack up an impressive 1.23 rating and 1.22 impact score, there are a few holes in Complexity’s strat book that are arguably holding the org back from the very best in the world.
The introduction of a dedicated in-game caller like Golden would go a long way in ushering in a blank slate and a new era, away from the cursed luck they have had before, as well as unleash blameF’s full potential and give Complexity an entirely new playbook in terms of tactics.
Ninjas in Pyjamas
There have been plenty of pros who have plied their trade for the two biggest powerhouses in Swedish CS over the years, with the likes of William “draken” Sundin, Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson, Simon “twist” Eliasson, and Richard “Xizt” Landström being some of the most famous faces to play for both NiP and Fnatic over the years.
And despite being a Fnatic legend, building his legacy off of his time with the Black and Orange, Golden has already got a stint with the team’s domestic rivals under his belt, turning out for NiP at the 2019 StarLadder Berlin Major.
Despite acquiring the talents of perhaps CS:GO’s most consistent ever performer, this current NiP lineup have began to stagnant under the leadership of Hampus “hampus” Poser. With the PGL Stockholm Major on home soil looming on the horizon, a tournament that NiP have made no secret about their desire to seriously challenge at, the org could be forced into making some strong decisions over the leadership of this exciting lineup, and Golden could be amongst the names put forward as a possible replacement.
Robin “flusha” Rönnquist played with Golden at Cloud9 and over two stints at Fnatic, with the IGL perhaps understanding the Swedish lurker’s unique style of play better than anyone else in the game.
During his time with the Black and Orange, Golden employed a very loose way of calling that allowed flashy pros like Jesper “JW” Wecksell and flusha to play with the kind of talismanic flair they love so much.
Ever since leaving Fnatic in early 2021, flusha has been embarking on his GORILLAZ project along with Jere ‘sergej’ Salo and Miikka ‘suNny’ Kemppi, though the org has so far been plagued by inconsistencies within their lineup, as well as results in the server. The team have reached a peak position of 74th and currently sits 82nd in the world, and the introduction of a reliable and dedicated IGL that harmonizes with flusha could be the missing ingredient for GORILLAZ.