FunPlus Phoenix in talks to sign GODSENT roster
The Chinese organization is looking to scoop the top-20 European lineup as it aims to return to Counter-Strike.
The possibility of GODSENT selling their team was first reported by DBLTAP earlier on Tuesday, with FunPlus Phoenix's interest coming after the Flashpoint-member team announced Petar "peca" Marković as their General Manager.
peca, the former coach of Valiance and manager of CR4ZY, revealed at the start of October that FunPlus Phoenix would not be taking part in Flashpoint 2 despite being one of the competition's founding members as their focus was on building a "promising, long-lasting roster" for 2021.
That process could be expedited if the deal with GODSENT goes through as the European team is currently ranked 19th in the world after peaking at No.15 in September. GODSENT's squad are also in a good place in the Regional Major Ranking as they currently sit in sixth place in Europe with 3081 points.
FunPlus Phoenix, whose League of Legends team won last year's World Championship title in Paris, entered CS:GO in March, when they confirmed the signing of Heroic's roster ahead of Flashpoint 1. However, the deal fell through after Patrick "es3tag" Hansen agreed to join Astralis on a free transfer in July, leaving the Chinese organisation without a team just one match into the league's Phase 1 stage. FPX ended up recruiting the Bad News Bears roster for Phase 2 after negotiations with the Swole Patrol lineup also broke down.
If the deal goes through, FunPlus Phoenix will have the following team:
Jonatan "Devilwalk" Lundberg (coach)
Contacted by HLTV.org, a FunPlus Phoenix representative declined to comment on the story.