The 2019 League of Legends World Championship Team enters CS:GO for the first time.

17:50, 15 Mar 2020

League of Legends world champions FunPlus Phoenix have finally confirmed their entrance into CSGO, with the signing of ex-Heroic members Snappi, cadiaN, es3tag, b0RUP and stavn. While this team is unlikely to be as good as the aforementioned LoL team, Heroic were a top 15 team after their meteoric rise last year.

The addition of cadiaN after his spell as a leader at North turned out to be a revelation, as Heroic immediately impressed at both ECS and ESL Pro League. A 2nd place followed by a 1st place at DreamHack Opens - Rotterdam, and then Atlanta - set them up as a team to watch, and Heroic showed no signs of slowing down.

Heroic continued to qualify for events and show up at DreamHack Opens, but couldn’t quite make the jump to high finishes at tier one events. A 3rd-4th place finish at EPICENTER 2019 was the most impressive result, but even that came with the asterisk of it not being a mega stacked event. At the finals for the Pro League, Heroic didn’t really show up, which dampened the hype a little bit. 

2020 has started a little bit slowly for the Danish boys, who had been on course to take the title of second best Danish team indisputably, but now with the rise of MAD Lions and Copenhagen Flames, and their sketchy form, that’s very much up for grabs. Losses to both of those teams have plagued them and dumped them out of the ICE Challenge and then the Minor Qualifier, as well as a shock loss to Heretics in a best of three.

FLASHPOINT gives them a chance to redeem themselves on LAN, which is something we might not see too much of in the coming months - and clearly, the lack of a Major slot does not stop them being worth money. Rumours suggest the price was well over $1m for the roster, despite the no Major. 

Their first game is against Cloud9 tonight in FLASHPOINT, which FPX confirmed their entrance into after the squad dropped out of Pro League.

The FPX roster now looks like:

  • Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer
  • Casper "cadiaN" Møller
  • Johannes "b0RUP" Borup
  • Patrick "es3tag" Hansen
  • Martin "stavn" Lund
  • Frederik "LOMME" Nielsen (coach)

Image via Bart-Oerbekke for ESL

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