Swole No More – FPX Sign Bad News Bears
The drama and confusion in the FunPlus Phoenix/Heroic/Astralis and ESL Pro League/Flashpoint league continues.
FunPlus Phoenix were set to field the Swole Patrol roster (formerly eUnited) for Flashpoint Phase Two, but as we found out during the draft show, the Chinese organization will not house the Bad News Bears roster. Allegedly FPX and Swole Patrol were unable to reach an agreement in time, as Swole Patrol is also currently participating in ESL Pro League.
FPX are a founding member of Flashpoint, and as such will always have a spot on the league, but finding a roster to stick with has been difficult as of late. It originally held the Heroic roster for the first Flashpoint phase but after Astralis was already working on acquiring es3tag, the team dropped the roster as a whole after just one match played and one match forfeited. It then came out that it would be fielding the Swole Patrol roster, but as the team is already competing in a rival league, an agreement was not met. Now ,Bad News Bears will seemingly be playing under the FunPlux Phoenix banner for the remainder of Flashpoint.
The Bad News Bears roster features the likes of Peter “ptr” Gurney and Mitch “mitch” Semago, both formerly on Team Dignitas in 2018. The roster was signed by Riot Squad July of last year, but when the team failed to qualify for the ESL Pro League, the roster was dropped in February. When trying to qualify for Flashpoint themselves, the team took 5th/6th in the North American close qualifier. They also took second place at the Americas Minor closed qualifier for ESL One Rio which has sense been delayed.
As FPX only actually played on match in Flahspoint so far, the team current sits in a three-way tie for last place at 15 points. Needless to say, the new roster will have to make quite a statement in the second phase if they hope to bring the FPX name to the Flashpoint playoffs in two weeks.
FunPlus Phoenix is in Group C with c0ntact Gaming, MAD Lions, and Chaos EC. FPX makes their Phase Two debut Sunday against c0ntact Gaming.
The newest FPX roster will be:
Peter “ptr” Gurney
Mitch “mitch” Semago
Austin “Crashies” Roberts
Jonathan “Jonji” Carey
Michael “dapr” Gulino