BIG, OG, fnatic round out Flashpoint 2 team list
The invited trio brings a competitive boost to the $1,000,000 tournament set to start on November 10.
The three European teams currently ranked seventh, eighth, and twelfth in the world according to HLTV.org's ranking will join qualified teams forZe and Virtus.pro as well as seven out of eight founding teams of Flashpoint: Gen.G, MAD Lions, c0ntact, Dignitas, Cloud9, Envy, and MIBR.
As previously announced, the currently teamless FunPlus Phoenix will sit out the upcoming second season, with its new General Manager, Petar "peca" Marković, stating earlier this month that the organization doesn't want to make any rushed decisions when it comes to signing a new roster.
The tournament will be played online, with all teams residing in Europe, and will kick off with a GSL group stage on November 10-22. The playoffs, whose format is unknown, will follow after a week-long break on November 30-December 6.
Flashpoint 2 will be streamed from B Site's studio in London, with Duncan "Thorin" Shields and Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles as the leading figures of the on-air talent crew of the tournament's broadcast, which promises to provide "best-in-class production, commentary, and storytelling."
The tournament will bring together several teams who have gone through recent overhauls. Cloud9 will debut at the event with their completely new lineup led by Alex "ALEX" McMeekin, while MAD Lions, Gen.G, c0ntact, Dignitas, Envy, and MIBR are all set to showcase new additions, some of whom are still yet to be announced.
"We’re pumped to be back with Flashpoint 2 to further deliver on our promise for raw and unfiltered entertainment for our fans with the largest prize pools of 2020 with arguably the coolest trophy in all of sports," MonteCristo, Commissioner of Flashpoint, said in a statement. "We’re eager to watch our storylines unfold including the emergence of BIG and OG this year, how the rebuilt rosters of some of our teams such as Cloud9 will compete and if MAD Lions can defend its title."
The second season of Flashpoint boasts the following twelve teams: