SK Gaming’s Lincoln “fnx” Lau will be leaving the active Counter-Strike roster immediately, according to multiple sources. The team will temporarily fill his spot by using Portuguese player Ricardo “fox” Pacheco, who will act as a stand-in at the ECS Season 2 Finals next week.
While still among the best teams in the world, the two-time reigning Major champions have failed to win an event since their second Major title at ESL One Cologne in July. Rumors have recently swirled about the team as of late, and players themselves have cited “personal differences” as a reason for their dip in performance.
Fnx has been a member of the SK roster (previously Luminosity Gaming) for just over one year. After arriving with Epitacio “TACO” de Melo, the move sparked immediate success at the FaceIt Stage 3 Finals in late 2015, losing in narrow fashion to Fnatic. Fnx will leave SK as one of the most accomplished Brazilian players in Counter-Strike history, winning his first Major LAN in 2006.
Following the ECS Season 2 Finals, it has been indicated that the team will look for a suitable replacement for fnx on the roster.
UPDATE: fnx tweeted that he has indeed left the team.
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