Shroud, seang@res and Co. Have Played Their First Matches With Their New Team and the ESEA Open Division Should be Very Afraid - Dexerto
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Shroud, [email protected] and Co. Have Played Their First Matches With Their New Team and the ESEA Open Division Should be Very Afraid

Published: 23/May/2018 16:29 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 15:58

by Ross Deason

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The new ESEA Open team featuring legendary Counter-Strike players like Jordan n0thing’ Gilbert, Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, and Tomi ‘lurppis’ Kovanen has played its first official matches.

When news broke about shroud possibly making a return to competitive CS:GO, the community reaction was one of excitement and the clip of him discussing the matter quickly made it to the front page of the GlobalOffensive subreddit.

It soon became apparent that his return would be a casual one as he teamed up with former Cloud9 teammates n0thing and Sean ‘[email protected]’ Gares to play in the ESEA Open League.

The North American stars are also joined on the team by CS 1.6 legend lurppis, former CS:GO Major Champion robin ‘fifflaren’ Johansson, and commentator/analyst Halvor ‘vENdetta’ Gulestøl.

Playing in ESEA Open, the star-studded lineup was predicted to run through all opposition, despite not practicing or playing regularly, and so far they’ve done just that.

Their first match ended with a score of 16-1 as [email protected] posted an incredible score of 33-5, and the second match saw them win 16-6 despite toying with their opponents and even winning the match with a ridiculously long distance Zeus kill.

The matches have been enjoyable for all involved and shroud in particular has been pulling in impressive viewership figures.

For the teams going up against them, the chance to play against some of their heros in a fun environment probably outweighs the disappointment of being so heavily outclassed.

Shroud’s full stream with the team’s most recent game on Inferno can be found below. The match begins at the 07:49:30 mark.

Watch BACK to #45K? NANI? | Follow @shroud from shroud on www.twitch.tv

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FunPlus Phoenix reportedly returning to CSGO with GODSENT roster

Published: 21/Oct/2020 2:40 Updated: 21/Oct/2020 11:29

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.