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Fnatic Manager Here, Please Delete This refers to a catchphrase popular in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community and the eSports community as a whole that is often used to jokingly comment on unusual in-game strategies or exploits being discovered and showcased. The catchprase stems from the iconic 2014 CS:GO match during which Fnatic executed a previously unknown unique boost on the map Overpass which helped them win the game, after which a rumor that Fnatic asked the player who discovered the boost to take down his video was circulated.
Fnatic Overpass Boost Controversy
On November 28th, 2014, during a quarterfinal match of DreamHack Winter 2014, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team Fnatic employed a previously unknown tactic against Team LDLC.com on the map Overpass. The team used a previously unknown boost to perch their player Olofmeister to a very advantageous position, from which he scored several game-winning kills.
The boost ultimately allowed Fnatic to win the map and the series. Following the match Team LDLC.com filed a complaint against "pixel-walking," against Fnatic. While the complaint did not match any official rules of the tournament, DreamHack decided that the match will be replayed after revealing that the boost could be exploited in other ways. Fnatic ultimately decided to forfeit the replay, with LDLC proceeding to win the tournament.
Fnatic Manager Here, Please Delete This
On November 10th, 2014, two weeks before the tournament, Redditor Blotecsgo (Davit Ekdhal) posted a video of the boost (shown below, left), discovered by his friend Kallberg. Following the match, on November 28th, 2014, Blotecsgo posted a thread in /r/GlobalOffensive subreddit in which he claimed that after the video was uploaded, Fnatic player JW reached out to him via his friend with a request to remove it (comment shown below, right). The video was made private until November 28th, 2014. Blotecsgo provided no hard proof for his claim that Fnatic asked him to remove the video.
Starting on November 28th, the claim that Fnatic asked Blotecsgo to remove his video received viral spread in /r/GlobalOffensive, with multiple Redditors bringing it up in discussions related to the Fnatic vs. Team LDLC.com match (examples shown below).
On November 29th, 2014, Redditor supacid posted the earliest known comment which exploited the idea of Fnatic reaching out to someone who discovered an advantageous tactic or an exploit (shown below, left). Starting on that day, the joke started spreading in /r/GlobalOffensive subreddit, being used to comment on videos showcasing boosts, exploits, throw angles and strategies. For example, on November 30th, Redditors Syndicateofdoom and Dahdii posted such comments in a thread showcasing a glitched Molotov throw (Syndicateofdoom's comment shown below, right). On December 5th, Redditor Smygande made the joke in a comment to in a thread about a smoke throw angle on the Mirage map.
In the following years, the joke, refined to "Fnatic manager here, please delete this," has seen consistent use by the Counter-Strike community on Reddit and Twitter, later gaining larger recognition in the general eSports community.
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