smooya enters free agency

Owen "⁠smooya⁠" Butterfield has left fnatic and is now a free agent, the player announced on Twitter. The British sniper has been released from his contract with the London-based organization after a little more than a week spent on the bench.

fnatic enacted the change in late February, ahead of the team's adventure in the open qualifiers for the PGL Major Antwerp 2022 Europe RMR. To fill the void left the Brit's benching, Iulian "⁠regali⁠" Harjău was called up from fnatic Rising.

The British AWPer joined fnatic in October on a trial basis following the departure of Jack "⁠Jackinho⁠" Ström Mattsson, helping them take trophies at REPUBLEAGUE TIPOS Season 2 and DreamHack Open November 2021. Despite showing great form initially, smooya failed to maintain consistency after the turn of the new year, going from a 1.22 rating in 2021 to a 1.01 rating in 2022.

Following a disappointing performance at IEM Katowice, the young AWPer was moved to the bench in favor of academy prospect regali. Since his benching, smooya has taken part in the open qualifiers for the Europe RMR alongside other European payers at Benched Heroes as well as standing in for Into the Breach during Pinnacle Winter Series 3 Regionals.

This is the latest in a series of updates regarding the fnatic roster, starting with the benching of the British AWPer and NIP's reported shock bid for star rifler Ludvig "⁠Brollan⁠" Brolin.

fnatic are currently participating in the PGL Major Antwerp 2022 Europe RMR Open Qualifier 3, and will take part in ESL Pro League Season 15 starting on March 9.