FunPlus Phoenix Completes CS:GO Roster
A mere day after announcing their re-entry into competitive CS:GO by picking up the bulk of the former GODSENT squad, FunPlus Phoenix has revealed that longtime veteran Chris “chrisJ” de Jong will be rounding out its roster. ChrisJ will be replacing Kevin “kRYSTAL” Amend as the final piece of FPX’s puzzle, who went on to join ALTERNATE aTTaX.
FPX has been linked to the former GODSENT roster for the last couple of months. The Chinese organization, best known for its League of Legends team, had already tried to enter the CS:GO scene last year, but its deal to acquire Heroic’s roster fell through after Patrick “es3tag” Hansen left the team to join Astralis.
The turn of events left a mark on the organization, as FPX was forced to field a temporary North American roster for Flashpoint Season One, before dropping out of the league entirely for its second iteration.
High hopes heading forward
There is no doubt that GODSENT emerged as a top twenty team last year. Although the team failed to win a single Major event in 2020, a good showing at DreamHack Masters Winter Europe earned them a 3rd-4th place finish over the likes of G2 Esports, FaZe, and Cloud 9.
The team has proven countless times that it can go head to head with the world’s very best, and with the addition of ChrisJ, that ceiling has increased even further. ChrisJ will be joining FPX on a loan after losing his place in mousesports’ starting lineup to new acquisition Frederik “acoR” Gyldstrand.
The longtime mousesports AWPer will be taking over the in-game leader duties at FPX, and although well past his prime at this point, is one of the best chances the team has of elevating their game to the next level. ChrisJ’s experience on the biggest of CS:GO‘s stages could prove invaluable if FPX wants to emerge as a powerhouse in the still-recuperating competitive ecosystem.
FunPlus Phoenix will be making its debut today at DreamHack Open January, where the team will face off against BIG, HellRaisers, and Evil Geniuses in Group A.