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FunPlus Phoenix secure Heroic replacement for Flashpoint Phase 2

Published: 27/Mar/2020 2:18

by Andrew Amos

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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.

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.

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.

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
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Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch

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Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

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CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.