Riot Squad part ways with FNS

Riot Squad have announced the release of in-game leader Pujan "FNS" Mehta.

FNS spent just over six months as the captain of Riot Squad, initially joining the roster alongside Jonathan "Jonji" Carey in August 2019. The team found quick success as they earned a spot at the MSI MGA Finals, while simultaneously solidifying themselves as a top-three team in the North American division of ESEA MDL Season 32.

A pair of narrow 14-16 losses to ex-Epsilon and ViCi at Riot Squad's MSI MGA Finals appearance left the team battling through a plethora of online qualifiers and events, most notably the online component of ECS Season 8 and ESEA MDL.

FNS leaves Riot Squad after a six-month tenure on the team

While Riot Squad failed to find success in any of their ECS Season 8 week appearances, a flawless run through the playoff bracket of ESEA MDL S32 gave the team a shot at securing a spot in ESL Pro League Season 11. Ultimately, they fell short to INTZ in the offline MDL grand finals to miss out on direct promotion, and ended as the runner-up to forZe at ESEA MDL S32 Global Challenge.

Additional lackluster appearances in qualifiers for IEM Katowice 2020 and DreamHack Open events left the team with few other notable results to their name, seemingly leading to the change at hand.

"As of now, i'll be playing FPL and looking at my options as they come," said FNS when contacted by HLTV.org. "No need to rush into anything."

Riot Squad are now:

United States Peter "ptr" Gurney
United States Austin "crashies" Roberts
United States Mitch "mitch" Semago
Canada Jonathan "Jonji" Carey

United Kingdom Brandon "weber" Weber (coach)

Riot Squad are set to face INTZ in the semi-finals of WINNERS League Season 3 Invite in short order. HLTV.org knows that the team plan to utilize Erick "Xeppaa" Bach as a stand-in for FNS, with no replacement for the in-game leader finalized as of yet.

Canada Jonathan 'Jonji' Carey
Jonathan 'Jonji' Carey
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
574
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
United States Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Age:
29
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
922
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Canada Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
909
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
United States Mitch 'mitch' Semago
Mitch 'mitch' Semago
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
743
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United Kingdom Brandon 'weber' Weber
Brandon 'weber' Weber
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
243
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
United States Austin 'crashies' Roberts
Austin 'crashies' Roberts
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
295
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
United States Erick 'Xeppaa' Bach
Erick 'Xeppaa' Bach
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
128
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.14
#2
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United States Bonger 
Rip
2020-01-23 23:51
#77
tarik | 
Norway MD! 
It's all part of the master plan, somehow he will end up on Liquid or EG and win a major just luke that
2020-01-24 04:28
And kids, that an example of dumb actions a crack user make...
2020-01-24 13:30
RIP
2020-01-23 23:51
F
2020-01-23 23:51
#9
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Portugal baki_ 
rip
2020-01-23 23:52
#10
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Germany Neckarstadion 
wait how did riot squad steal their way into the top 30? Irrelevant team
2020-01-23 23:53
#21
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United States Bonger 
How are they above Sprout wtf
2020-01-24 00:00
Mostly because they topped MDL NA S32 and were 2nd at Global Challenge: hltv.org/events/5023/esea-mdl-season-32-..
2020-01-24 00:01
#29
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United States Bonger 
thank mr admin
2020-01-24 00:04
This global challenge is such a joking event Remember vitality? They trolled on their matches playing with bizon and zeus didn't even car about the tournament This event shouldn't have a big weight, change the formula
2020-01-24 00:19
They have modified the event as of this year: hltv.org/news/28760/esl-updates-pro-leag..
2020-01-24 00:20
Gooood I wasn't know this details thanks
2020-01-24 00:26
#25
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Germany Neckarstadion 
Riot squad won online matches against terrible NA teams (hltv #88, #91, #241) How do you even get points for that lmao
2020-01-24 00:02
#34
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United States BLaCkKobRa 
because if u havent noticed all the low tier teams played the entire 2 months, while big tier 1-2 teams havent played yet. look at skade for example they got 2 matches per day, they just climb up increasing stats against tier 10 teams
2020-01-24 00:14
#12
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United States LiquidEra2020 
🐍Riot Squad🐍
2020-01-23 23:53
#14
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Brazil fuNNa 
lul noob fns here we go again
2020-01-23 23:54
#16
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United States Bonger__ 
sad :(
2020-01-23 23:55
#17
nitr0 | 
United States IndeedGG 
Gets top 30 and then kicks leader 10/10
2020-01-23 23:56
Getting kicked from tier 5 team ouch
2020-01-23 23:57
Why no Canadian flag??? FNS is Canadian after all. Please fix Nohte
2020-01-24 00:01
Mind broke, fixed ty
2020-01-24 00:02
:D
2020-01-24 00:14
#27
blameF | 
Germany MichaH 
tsm?
2020-01-24 00:02
When was Weber a coach???
2020-01-24 00:05
#31
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Sweden meistr0 
Weird. So who will be the new IGL?
2020-01-24 00:07
#93
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Finland S0lidarity 
Could be vanity
2020-01-24 07:32
This is ridiculous. What a low-level, completely uncompromised team: kicking a player minutes before an official match
2020-01-24 00:26
From cloud9 to benched Riot Squad
2020-01-24 00:39
#57
f0rest | 
Mexico bfish8 
and then back to new cloud9
2020-01-24 01:21
#47
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North America Whataburger 
FNS IS SO SHIT HE GETS BENCHED SO QUICK RETIRE HAHA
2020-01-24 00:53
#48
Ex6TenZ | 
Chile Zzalb 
inb4 eUnited FNS
2020-01-24 00:57
Press F for NS RIP
2020-01-24 00:58
#50
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Europe Vallon3 
Looking for FNS.
2020-01-24 00:59
Sadly the issue isn't FNS, but players like Jonji who are absolute trash on LAN. And I dislike FNS so that tells you something.
2020-01-24 01:27
#59
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United States Fin4life 
if you want the whole story on how he wanted to kick other players read here:dust2.us/News/3895-riot-squad-part-ways-.. have ass reporting by hltv...
2020-01-24 01:26
It's funny because, given his history with ptr, and Jonji being garbage if he's not at home, I'm not shocked he wanted to remove them. It was still a dumb decision, but FNS is kind of an idiot for trying to push that through.
2020-01-24 01:30
#63
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Netherlands poekieswaq 
They just got into the top 30... and now they are going straight out of it again.
2020-01-24 01:57
#65
mimi | 
Sweden eNvym 
why is weber a coach when hes probably better then all of them?
2020-01-24 02:03
#66
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Brazil parrud0www 
Rip again
2020-01-24 02:21
overated igl, so expected
2020-01-24 03:16
top3 igl usa?
2020-01-24 03:58
#76
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Albania BloodFallen 
expected after they lost against GenG whose only play full team like what 2 -3 days lol
2020-01-24 04:01
#78
vberg | 
North America Mang0 
Good choice.
2020-01-24 04:57
Lmao weber coaching. UK strong aimer in the past
2020-01-24 05:33
Rip fns’s career
2020-01-24 05:56
Hopefully he retires or starts coaching
2020-01-24 06:15
Doubt that shit hard LULW
2020-01-24 06:19
Wtf why?
2020-01-24 07:15
#91
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Finland S0lidarity 
+vanity ?
2020-01-24 07:31
#103
Jame | 
CIS ZILTOID 
seriously, how was this roster #29?
2020-01-24 10:32
Whole roster of players who already peaked
2020-01-24 10:37
lol
2020-01-24 23:14
#119
fox | 
Europe xlD4NKlx 
so many mad brazilians and dumb takes here, FNS and KNG respectively were both good players then it went downhill, FNS's career peak was with CLG and lost many narrow games and KNG now is honestly worse than FNS after the ban which BTW happened because FNS jokingly said we lost to players that were partying or something according to those lines (thoorin, as much as i feel like he is clueless on many other topics, did a good video on this topic) and the 10 iq KNG said he would kill FNS??? HOW IS THAT SNITCHING LMAO. Also bad org for kicking FNS, he was a good player and good igl and brought you this far... good luck FNS, ignore many of these mindless haters lol
2020-01-30 17:50
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