The rumors about Pujan ‘FNS’ Mehta’s stint as the in-game leader for Cloud9 CS:GO coming to a premature end have proven to be true as he has been listed for transfer.
FNS joined Cloud9 in April as the replacement for Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip, who left the team for a new opportunity with SK Gaming, but the team did not have the instant success that they were hoping for.
A 5th – 8th at DreamHack Masters Marseille was followed by a 9th – 12th at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals in Dallas and information soon started to leak out about Cloud9 looking to replace him.
According to reports, the North American team was looking at G2’s Nathan ‘NBK-’ Schmitt or Dan ‘apEX’ Madesclaire as potential replacements but no official statement about FNS’ future was made until May 26th.
Cloud9 confirmed that FNS would be designated as inactive, stating that “the strategic visions we had were not as compatible as we had initially hoped” and that “the differences in philosophies proved to be too great to form the cohesion we needed”.
With that said, FNS will still be playing for the team at the ECS Season 5 Finals in London from June 8th – 10th but only as a player as Tarik ‘tarik’ Celic will be returning to the role of in-game leader.
No further information has been revealed but it looks like NBK- and apEX are still the frontrunners for the potential replacements should the rumors about them being removed from G2 prove to be true.
Community members have pointed out that apEX would be a particularly good addition for the team as he could slot into Stewie2K’s old role well and give the team some more aggression in their T side executes.
Organizers have revealed the new schedule for Flashpoint Season 2, which will see teams competing for the largest CSGO prize pool of 2020 at $1 million.
The competition has been held completely online since March, due to the ongoing concern surrounding the global health situation, and that will continue for Season 2 as well.
This tournament venture between B Site Inc. and FACEIT kicks off its second season on November 10, 2020, with participating teams and the schedule released in the days leading up to the start.
So, let’s take a look at which teams are playing when, and how you can catch all the action.
Opening matches for Flashpoint Season 2.
The matches will all be streamed on FLASHPOINT’s Twitch channel, and with no in-person attendance and all games being held completely remotely, this will be the only way to watch the matches.
Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields, who is participating in the leadership of FLASHPOINT’s creative direction, has predicted Group C will definitely be the one to watch, with OG (who are favored by many to win it all) and potential dark horses Cloud9 battling it out, along with Virtus.Pro in the mix as well, who finally seem to be getting in the swing of online play.
In Group B, BIG emerges as a clear favorite, but Thorin added “there will be heavy competition for the second-best team.” Finally, all eyes in Group A will be focused on taking down MAD Lions, who came out on top in first place following Flashpoint Season 1.
How Flashpoints Season 2 will work, from Group stages all the way to the Grand Final.
Flashpoint Season 2 format & schedule
FLASHPOINT Season 2 will start off with a Group Stage where 12 teams will compete in three different Groups. The top two teams in each group will automatically qualify for the Playoffs.