Fans will be delighted to see Freakazoid back at the top level of CS:GO.
The rumored move was first reported by VPEsports’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis on December 19. However, Freakazoid took to Twitter only a few hours later to dismiss the report. “Do the people know something before me? Lol,” the former Cloud9 player responded.
However, finally, on January 18, Ghost Gaming tweeted out the announcement video of their new member – making the long-time rumored move a reality. “No need for an introduction, welcome to #GhostGang @FreakazoidA,” the organization posted.
The North-American squad have improved notably in recent months under the leadership of in-game leader Joshua ‘Steel’ Nissan. The team finished the online portion of the ESL Pro League Season 8 in second-place but missed out on the IEM Katowice Major cycle.
The new-look Ghost Gaming roster will see their first taste of action on January 19 when they take on FaZe Clan in their opening game at the iBUYPOWER Masters 2019 tournament.
FunPlus Phoenix have reportedly entered discussions to acquire the GODSENT roster and return to the CSGO landscape in the coming weeks.
FunPlus Phoenix have had a rather unceremonious start to their journey in CS:GO. Known for winning the League of Legends World Championship in 2019, they looked to enter the popular FPS title through Flashpoint in 2020.
However, it wasn’t smooth sailing. They picked up and let go of rosters: first Heroic, then Bad News Bears. Now though, they’re looking like they’re ready to pick up their third, and potentially final roster.
KRYSTAL and the rest of the GODSENT lineup could be making a move to FPX.
GODSENT is reportedly in “advanced discussions” with FunPlus Phoenix to take their roster onboard for the remainder of the year, according to HLTV and DBLTAP.
If the two teams agree to terms, that means that the lineup consisting of Kevin ‘kRYSTAL’ Amend, Martin ‘STYKO’ Styk, Jesse ‘zehN’ Linjala, Pavle ‘maden’ Bošković, and Asger ‘farlig’ Jensen would soon wear black and red.
The deal could also bring current GODSENT coach Jonatan ‘Devilwalk’ Lundberg into the fold with the new org.
In late-September, FunPlus announced Petar ‘peca’ Markovi as the General Manager for both Valorant and CSGO divisions. Now it looks like peca is making an all-in purchase for the EU roster that is ranked 19th in the world at the time of publishing.
The FPX banner could fly in CSGO again soon.
The general manager also indicated, regardless of a team-acquisition, that FPX wouldn’t participate in Flashpoint Season 2. Although one of the founding teams, FunPlus will instead “take [their] time and focus on 2021.
“We don’t want to make any rushed decisions, as our main goal is to build a promising, long-lasting roster,” he said.
The org initially expected to play with Heroic’s roster back in March, which would have included Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen among others. Unfortunately, that deal fell through, which prompted FPX to target Swole Patrol’s roster, though that didn’t pan out as well.