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FunPlus Phoenix secure Heroic replacement for Flashpoint Phase 2

by Andrew Amos
Starladder / FunPlus Phoenix

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After a false start in Phase 1, FunPlus Phoenix has locked down a new line-up for Phase 2 of the Flashpoint CS:GO league, signing the former eUnited roster playing under the name 'Swole Patrol.'

FunPlus Phoenix bowed out of Flashpoint Phase 1 in unflattering fashion. After being disqualified for a late roster change, they have decided to restart their run in CS:GO with a new line-up.

The Chinese org, home to the reigning League of Legends world champs, have signed former eUnited roster Swole Patrol. The North American-based outfit will not need to relocate for the online section of Flashpoint, making them an ideal choice.

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The roster shake-up was announced by Flashpoint themselves during their Group Draft Show for Phase 2 on March 26. Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles noted that FPX picked up Swole Patrol for the rest of Flashpoint Season 1.

FPX are yet to release a statement about the roster shake-up, and players from the new line-up have stated they are yet to sign any contracts. “We haven’t signed with anyone,” said Austin ‘Cooper’ Abadir. “It’s nothing with FPX I’m sure, just a mix-up somewhere."

However, they will be playing under the FunPlus Phoenix banner for the time being in Flashpoint. It’s unclear as to whether this will translate over to ESL Pro League, where the roster also competes.

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It comes after the Chinese organization dropped the Danish roster suddenly on March 22 after Astralis signed Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen away from the squad, effective in July.

With uncertainty around securing a fifth player, and the Danish players wanting to return home, FPX decided to start anew with the North American lineup.

Swole Patrol are now the second team, alongside MIBR, to compete in both Flashpoint and their rival tournament. The Brazilian line-up joined the Americas group of ESL Pro League on March 21.

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Flashpoint Phase 2 groups revealed

FunPlus Phoenix will be matched up against Mad Lions, Chaos Esports Club, and c0ntact in their first bracket in Flashpoint Phase 2.

The rest of the groups are as follows:

  • Group A: Cloud9, Envy, Copenhagen Flames, HAVU
  • Group B: MAD Lions, Chaos, FunPlus Phoenix, c0ntact
  • Group C: MIBR, Orgless, Dignitas, Gen.G