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How a Banned CSGO Prodigy is Looking for Redemption in Valorant

Published: 1/Jul/2020 10:24 Updated: 2/Jul/2020 16:28

by Shane King

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Braxton ‘Brax’ Pierce, formerly known as Swag, was once one of the most promising young talents in the North American CS:GO scene.

He skyrocketed through the NA scene with CompLexity, as well as iBuyPower, and it looked like he was going to be the future of Counter-Strike for the region. But in January 2015, Brax and his teammates were given a permanent ban from all Valve tournaments in the midst of a match-fixing scandal.

In an instant, Pierce’s young career was gone. While many will have agreed that the iBuyPower players deserved some kind of punishment, most people thought that a lifetime ban was very harsh, especially in the case of the 17-year-old.

Four years went by before tournament organizers started to allow Brax and his former teammates to compete at non-Valve events. The damage had been done, though, and while Brax dived back into competition, he still had no hope of being picked up by any team hoping to compete at Majors.

With Valorant releasing, the competitive player has a new opportunity to cement himself as the star he was destined to be in CS:GO. While he will never be able to erase his mistake from the past, he now has a shot at redemption.

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FunPlus Phoenix reportedly returning to CSGO with GODSENT roster

Published: 21/Oct/2020 2:40

by Alan Bernal

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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.

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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.

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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.

Eventually, they temporarily fielded the Bad News Bears for the second leg of Flashpoint 1, after only playing one match prior and forfeiting the rest of the first phase.

While the FPX front office successfully put together a Worlds championship roster in 2019 for League of Legends, it’s going to once again attempt to bring a similar metric of success for CSGO.

Peca teased that there could be “news soon,” and if the reports turn out to be realized FPX could be announcing its acquisition of the GODSENT lineup in the near future.