FunPlus Phoenix Signs a Valorant Roster
FunPlus Phoenix is a name synonymous with League of Legends. As the reigning world champions, this is fascinating news. Now the esports organization is looking at Valorant! As an up-and-coming esport, no org is immune to the siren’s call of a fresh, new scene. Today, we have a word of FunPlus Phoenix signing their first Valorant roster, stacked with some major names in European Valorant play.
This isn’t FunPlus Phoenix’s first foray into non-League related esports either. They picked up a CSGO squad a few months back, after all.
Party Parrots and FABRIKEN, UNITE!
FunPlus Phoenix may be a Chinese org, but that doesn’t stop them from reaching out to a global audience. We thought that when the big Chinese and Korean orgs would start picking up players, they would look to home instead of abroad. But on second thought, games like CSGO/Valorant tend to be dominated by European players. So, maybe this is the smart move.
The FunPlus Phoenix Valortant starters are players from the Swedish team FABRIKEN and Russia’s Party Parrots. These are the rank five and eight teams, respectively, in ESPN’s European Valorant rankings. So, these are teams/players with a lot of potential. We’re surprised FPX didn’t take a whole team, but they likely know what they’re doing.
Here’s the starting lineup for Valorant: Pontus “Zyppan” Eek, Andrey “Shao” Kiprsky, Kirill “ANGE1” Karasiow, Johan “Meddo” Renbjörk and Tobias “shadow” Flodström.
FPX isn’t a stranger in Europe, though, at least, not for Valorant. G2 Esports and FunPlus Phoenix did battle in League of Legends, snuffing out the European fan-favorites with little to no effort. So, it’s going to be fascinating to see what happens in Valorant! G2’s Valorant roster is undefeated in the three Ignition Series they’ve taken part in, and FunPlus Phoenix is on the rise. It sounds like the two rivals are going to clash again, and who will come out on top?
This writer thinks that it’s going to be yet another commanding win for FPX. The org knows what they want in a team, and have picked up some real winners. We’ll just have to see if they have the teamwork to come together and do battle. We can only hope so! After all, that’s been 100 Thieves’ biggest hurdle right now.