FunPlus Phoenix finalize ESL Pro League S13 team list; group draw announced

The European mixture is confirmed as the 24th team competing in the upcoming tournament.

ESL has announced that FunPlus Phoenix will be competing in Pro League Season 13, scheduled for March 8 - April 11. Jesse "⁠zehN⁠" Linjala's team was handed the last spot in the tournament, which was left vacant as the organizer was unable to bring an Asian representative to Europe.

With the final invite handed out, the team list now features 19 of the top 20 teams in the world, with Spirit being the highest-ranked squad to miss out. Additionally, the organizer has drawn the participants into four six-team groups.

zehN and co. will compete in Pro League

Currently ranked 19th in the world, FunPlus Phoenix started the year with a second-place finish at DreamHack Open January 2021 and won Snow Sweet Snow 1, where they defeated IEM Katowice 2021 champions Gambit in the grand final. FunPlus Phoenix is one of Flashpoint's partner teams, but just like Cloud9 and MIBR, were handed an invite to ESL Pro League based on their ESL World Ranking.

The group stage will take place in March using a round-robin BO3 format from where three teams will advance to the playoffs, with the following schedule:

Group A: March 8-12
Group B: March 13-18
Group C: March 19-24
Group D: March 25-29

The 24 competing teams are split into the following four groups:

Finland Jesse 'zehN' Linjala
Jesse 'zehN' Linjala
Age:
29
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
973
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Without Chrisj tho, best of luck in the future godJ!
2021-03-01 16:09
48 replies
no Spirit
2021-03-01 16:09
13 replies
NAVI LUCKY GROUP AS ALWAYS
2021-03-01 16:09
8 replies
#38
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United Kingdom SmirkyDoor
They are in a group with Gambit (who just won Katowice) and Furia who is always annoying to play against. Your delusional
2021-03-01 16:13
6 replies
??? c9 team one and mibr in the same group, its basically free playoffs
2021-03-01 16:22
4 replies
+1
2021-03-01 16:38
#165
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Slovakia Daev0n
+1
2021-03-01 20:46
+1
2021-03-02 04:29
+1
2021-03-02 13:09
3 places are missing ... you just named who is strong on paper and should go on. I also think that the light group) Group B and D are more serious in terms of competition)
2021-03-01 16:35
navi vs br
2021-03-01 16:33
top3 cis teams are there navi/gambit/vp
2021-03-01 16:26
3 replies
#121
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Namibia KhT
vp is on D
2021-03-01 16:53
2 replies
I was reply to the "no team spirit" on this tournament comment.
2021-03-01 16:59
1 reply
#131
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Namibia KhT
ah sorry I thought you were talking about group C
2021-03-01 17:00
fpx with sunny > chrisj
2021-03-01 16:18
4 replies
-8/8
2021-03-01 16:25
3 replies
flair and flag.
2021-03-01 16:26
2 replies
flair and flag.
2021-03-01 16:26
1 reply
yeah what about it? it doesnt check out. "fpx with sunny > chrisj" hltv.org/matches/2326894/mousesports-vs-.. sunny > liquid too
2021-03-01 16:27
WTF is that group D though
2021-03-01 16:09
25 replies
#30
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North America Mort11
Group of Death
2021-03-01 16:12
every other group is more stacked. group d only 3 good teams when other groups got 4
2021-03-01 16:16
23 replies
name
2021-03-01 16:22
21 replies
u must be kinda stupid. A. BIG, Complexity, OG and FPX (4 good teams) B. Vitality, G2, NIP and Mouse (4 good teams) C. NaVi, Furia, Gambit (only 3 good teams) D. Astralis, Liquid and VP (only 3 good teams)
2021-03-01 16:26
19 replies
#87
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Canada Juicemoose
Group A is by far the weakest group
2021-03-01 16:31
1 reply
Group c is way weaker
2021-03-02 01:34
A. OG, FPX? Good teams? but fnatic & EG are not as good as them? ROFL B. NiP & mouz are dogshit and G2 has been laughable too. C. So you said group D has only 3 good teams and others 4 but here u name only 3 teams, LUL D. fnatic & EG could upset ANY other teams in the other groups on a good day. D has potentially 3 top 5 teams (after the ranking update) or atleast 3 top 6 teams. and 2 good teams with huge upset-potential.
2021-03-01 16:31
12 replies
Group D - Group of Death :)
2021-03-01 16:44
FNC done nothing in last 3 months, they show worse and worse cs after every tournaments they play. EG Ethan leaving and theyve been shit for while too now. Actually yes im pretty sure OG and FPX are much better teams rn than EG and FNC NIP dogshit? last games they beated teams like BIG, Astralis and VP doesnt sound like very dogshit. Mouz getting better with dexter they showed it in katowice. G2 still decent team and better than FNC EG D group doesnt have any upset potential. Astralis, VP and liquid gonna go through easily not even dropping maps to FNC or EG. I dont even talk about endpoint they suck. IMO group D is the only group without any upset potential.
2021-03-01 16:46
9 replies
8 replies
Yeah cs_summit were good FNC, but it was only honeymoon cs. Now in Katowice they looked horrible.
2021-03-01 16:55
6 replies
#129
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North America 007DBR9
They played 1 bo1 and 1 bo3, can’t really tell yet tbh
2021-03-01 16:58
OG just changed a player too and has been equally down. Complexity is up and down but should be better and fpx is unproven. You cannot ignore that and just talk down about Fnc and EG to prove your point.
2021-03-04 12:41
Similar story with Gp B, G2 is struggling, NiP had a honeymoon and Mouz is stil a ways off while Dexter becomes acquainted with Euro CS. Group A only has upset potential because most of the teams in it have been shaky so there is no legitimate top 3. Where as Group D has three solid teams and two that can upset any of them, on there day, its truly a group of death.
2021-03-04 12:46
2 replies
i wouldnt say EG or FNC solid.
2021-03-04 13:07
1 reply
True. I will say, "Group of Death", in a World Cup perspective, is not about which group has the most upset potential. Its the Group with the most solid teams where good second tier teams are likely to face certain death by being in it. Group C is similar except the 2nd tier is so not solid but on a rethink Group C is the next most deathly for the 2nd tier.
2021-03-11 11:20
And given all the shakiness, lets just look at the rankings. Group D has 4 teams in the top 15. With the 5th being 16th. No other group has more than 3 teams in the top 15. The total level of each group from top to bottom is: D > B >> A >> C
2021-03-04 13:14
Well i were kinda right?
2021-03-30 01:10
#115
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North America 007DBR9
+1
2021-03-01 16:48
#190
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Georgia Xeeh
If you're going to include complexity, fpx, and og as good teams then you might as well include EG and fnatic making group D have 5 good teams EG and fnatic are both higher ranked than OG and fpx lmao
2021-03-04 12:54
3 replies
But they dont play good cs... FPX is even one of my blackhorses to win that torunament,
2021-03-04 13:06
2 replies
#194
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Georgia Xeeh
Group D has rank 1, 3, and 6 all in the same group, as well as 2 other teams that can beat anyone on a given day (EG and fnatic). Which other group has 3 top 6 teams in it?
2021-03-04 13:16
1 reply
And Look how right i were
2021-03-30 01:08
And Look how right once again i were...
2021-03-30 01:07
#189
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Georgia Xeeh
Group D is easily the most stacked lmao
2021-03-04 12:50
oh i see now
2021-03-01 16:11
1 reply
check hltv
2021-03-01 16:11
No chrisJ no win
2021-03-01 16:25
#2
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Finland Cucumber))
LET'S GOO sad to see chrisJ go tho :/
2021-03-01 16:09
no chrisJ :(
2021-03-01 16:09
1 reply
very sad
2021-03-01 16:09
lets go coL!
2021-03-01 16:09
aye yo, lets go
2021-03-01 16:09
lol spirit?
2021-03-01 16:09
Spirit?
2021-03-01 16:09
xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2021-03-01 16:09
why not spirit
2021-03-01 16:09
5 replies
#33
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Netherlands staticNL
probably because the invites were already determined before Katowice.
2021-03-01 16:12
4 replies
Ok, why endpoint then?
2021-03-01 16:14
3 replies
They won ESEA MDL Season 35
2021-03-01 16:15
2 replies
ty
2021-03-01 16:16
1 reply
you're welcome!
2021-03-01 16:36
#gogambit
2021-03-01 16:11
glhf
2021-03-01 16:10
#17
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Russia VelsVivard
Why not TS??? Screw.
2021-03-01 16:10
1 reply
#74
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Finland 5way
2021-03-01 16:26
fun plus phoenix over team spirit ok esl:)))) btw group A completely joke
2021-03-01 16:10
#19
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Russia dUUUt
spirit just got robbed
2021-03-01 16:10
Spirit modCheck Seriously trash like Team One and Renegades being here over Spirit is a disgrace to the game
2021-03-01 16:14
9 replies
#83
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Cyprus galaxyv2
invites done before katowice, chill your tits
2021-03-01 16:29
7 replies
As if Spirit wasn't a competitive team prior to Katowice and miles better then a fair chunk of these teams. Classic big org's getting all the chances without deserving them. This decision with FPX getting the invite over Spirit was made after Katowice though? You can't tell me this isn't the classic rich getting richer.
2021-03-01 16:35
6 replies
+1 agree
2021-03-01 16:48
+1
2021-03-01 16:55
+1
2021-03-01 16:55
FPX is higher than Spirit in ESL rankings, chill.
2021-03-01 17:37
1 reply
fpx 133 pts spirit 333 pts
2021-03-01 20:33
#155
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Cyprus galaxyv2
twitter.com/eslcs/status/136640317282736.. all talk no research please shut up next time
2021-03-01 17:49
+999
2021-03-01 17:05
LETS GO C9!
2021-03-01 16:11
And of course fnatic in the hardest group, ty
2021-03-01 16:11
9 replies
At least they aren't playing with OG once again XD
2021-03-01 16:13
2 replies
Yes, finally it happened. But OG and BIG again in the same group kkkkk
2021-03-01 16:16
1 reply
#59
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Finland H0rnPub
+1 big og fnatic grp lost opportunity
2021-03-01 16:21
#35
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Norway CheNaLii
fnatic in the hardest group? LMAO
2021-03-01 16:13
5 replies
What is the hardest one then?
2021-03-01 16:17
4 replies
#132
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Norway CheNaLii
B for sure
2021-03-01 17:01
3 replies
I aren't think that. Vitality seems the only consistent team here. Nip and FaZe are unpredictable af. mouz new roster doesn't look promising. Ence joke since kicking aleksib. Meanwhile in group 2 one of the most consistent teams rn and Flukus.pro, which on the rise nowadays
2021-03-01 17:29
2 replies
honestly if anything i feel bad for teams on C and D, A and B have lots of upset potential but C and D you might aswell cut off the lower part of the group and call it a day no way anyone else is going through
2021-03-02 07:44
1 reply
In group C mibr can win over braindead furia, or gambot luck may end. In group D only miracle should happen to not let three upper teams go. Also EG>Colossus, Endpoint>TeamOne
2021-03-02 08:13
#23
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Finland H0rnPub
B>D>A>C
2021-03-01 16:11
4 replies
is group of onliners is better than C?
2021-03-01 16:25
2 replies
#113
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Finland H0rnPub
U look at C, u generally expect navi gambit and furia to go through
2021-03-01 16:47
1 reply
+1
2021-03-01 17:36
#120
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North America 007DBR9
D>B>C>A
2021-03-01 16:52
why no Spirit? Answer is s1mple: FunPlusPhoenix offered more money.
2021-03-01 16:11
Spirit??
2021-03-01 16:11
why 3 brazilian teams in one group?
2021-03-01 16:11
3 replies
So at least 1 can make it to the playoffs.
2021-03-01 16:15
2 replies
xd +1
2021-03-01 16:39
imagine clown9 beating br
2021-03-01 20:49
group c lmao
2021-03-01 16:11
rip G2
2021-03-01 16:12
#32
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CIS Gerh
LOL NO SPIRIT T3 TEAMS ENCE , MIBR , c9,RENEGADES HAVE INVITE NICE TOURNAMENT
2021-03-01 16:13
1 reply
I agree
2021-03-04 12:47
Where the fuck is spirit They are higher in esl rankings than fpx now
2021-03-01 16:13
4 replies
+11111
2021-03-01 16:14
+11111
2021-03-01 16:20
#85
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Cyprus galaxyv2
invites done before katowice
2021-03-01 16:30
now being the key word
2021-03-01 16:50
#37
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Korea Weeataku
The groups are kinda weird but I look forward to the games. Good Luck to all teams.
2021-03-01 16:13
No NOT DESERVED!!!
2021-03-01 16:14
Group D> Group B >Group A >Group C
2021-03-01 16:15
1 reply
good luck to mister ZywOo to carry this weight throughout whole group B
2021-03-01 16:35
team spirit better than 75% of teams but they decide to invite 3 brazilians team (whos tier 3 at max) , endpoint, fpx ...
2021-03-01 16:15
3 replies
BR CS OMEGALUL Winstrike showed today what does Brazilian Counter-Strike mean. By the logic - they should have gotten invitation instead of team one
2021-03-01 16:19
#86
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Cyprus galaxyv2
invites done before katowice fpx was next best highest before katowice Team One won the qualifier and Endpoint won MDL S35
2021-03-01 16:30
FPX is deserved however C9, Renegades, the brazilians etc shouldn't be there.
2021-03-04 12:48
Group A is a joke lul
2021-03-01 16:16
1 reply
C*
2021-03-04 12:48
group C is next level trash tier
2021-03-01 16:17
Spirit robbed
2021-03-01 16:17
Who cars no GODJ
2021-03-01 16:18
#56
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Cambodia CyBeRv!
fnatic is out of the groups already...
2021-03-01 16:20
2 replies
#122
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North America 007DBR9
Believe, let’s just pray that they look more like summit fnatic than kato fnatic
2021-03-01 16:54
1 reply
#133
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Cambodia CyBeRv!
it's not about believing, something is not clicking, and they make way too much mistakes making them look like t4 team from time to time, map pool is a big 0 - ct sides are looking gross, and many more things to be said but i'll leave it just to the ones above...
2021-03-01 17:02
Why OG and ENCE again in different groups...
2021-03-01 16:20
#58
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United Kingdom ulan
OG finally get one of the easier groups,lets go
2021-03-01 16:20
Let's go FaZe!!! #FaZeUP
2021-03-01 16:21
#61
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Slovakia VERGiLx
FPX NEVER LOST TO GAMBIT, EASY FOR THEM
2021-03-01 16:22
1 reply
+1
2021-03-04 12:49
EZ4NAVI
2021-03-01 16:24
Group C lul Navi and gambit can eat those team by playing with joystick
2021-03-01 16:25
#70
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Greece RedWinter
No Spirit XDDDDDDDDDD
2021-03-01 16:26
tffff this group lmao
2021-03-01 16:27
#76
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India Ez4ez
Group c is weakest
2021-03-01 16:27
3 replies
u mean u can easily qual over navi, gambit, furia? look at A,B groups
2021-03-01 20:55
2 replies
i think he means weakest in terms of competition, its easily the most clear cut group, u can easily tell whos going through with little to no chance of an upset
2021-03-02 07:51
1 reply
cleanest, boring, expected u can call it any other way but not weakest its not me missunderstanding, its him being ret
2021-03-02 08:05
FPX over Spirit? Bad decision
2021-03-01 16:27
1 reply
pro > fluke
2021-03-01 16:37
#82
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China HEIDASHUAi
Group D = Death
2021-03-01 16:29
every group EU except for C (sovjet union is basicly asia)
2021-03-01 16:32
Spirit made it to the playoffs esl pro league season 12. And now they reached the semi-finals of Iem Katowice destroying the astralis. Again, they did not give an invite, it looks like in a year everyone will again be surprised why the top 20 will destroy the top 1.
2021-03-01 16:32
3 replies
And now it was a last free spot, and esl invite tier 3 team fpx J O K E
2021-03-01 16:47
2 replies
#127
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North America 007DBR9
They did it before kato based on hltv rankings when fpx was higher
2021-03-01 16:55
1 reply
also before kato spirit won 3-0 vs fpx :)
2021-03-01 17:25
Ez group B
2021-03-01 16:33
Group B and d 😃👍
2021-03-01 16:35
EZ for Navi
2021-03-01 16:36
#100
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United Kingdom C00K1E
endpoint getting shafted with their group again..
2021-03-01 16:37
1 reply
Endpoint was in the same group as Astralis G2 Heroic last time ROFL
2021-03-02 04:14
Hey, why is Spirit out??? FPX is way worse than Spirit
2021-03-01 16:37
Group D is the hardest one, Group A is the easiest
2021-03-01 16:40
where are the top 7 in the world? Invite for Spirit !!!
2021-03-01 16:40
Imagine adding FPP on ESL and not Team Spirit....
2021-03-01 16:41
#107
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CIS Volna
WTF? Why no spirit
2021-03-01 16:43
#109
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World ddarkoo
Online or Lan Event?
2021-03-01 16:45
2 replies
Imagine big on LAN lul
2021-03-01 16:48
1 reply
#119
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World ddarkoo
hehe :D
2021-03-01 16:50
#110
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Russia Feuerbach
3 BR teams and 3 CIS teams looks legit af. They should reconsider their regional quotas for future events, even Nemiga is better than Team One or MIBR
2021-03-01 16:50
1 reply
#128
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North America 007DBR9
mibr has looked okay
2021-03-01 16:56
Ouch group b and d are no joke.
2021-03-01 16:55
Low shit like Team one, renegades, ence and others are in, but Spirit are not. NICE MENS))))))
2021-03-01 17:06
Where is team spirit? They play good like more than one year lol
2021-03-01 17:08
#137
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Poland SebL
That's really good, FPX is a great team, and they absolutely deserve this spot. I think they will show up well on this event, GL to them.
2021-03-01 17:10
#144
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Russia r4jkkYNWA
Group A is a joke
2021-03-01 17:21
ofc inv #17 lmao, instead of spirit lul
2021-03-01 17:32
-ENCE +Spirit please
2021-03-01 17:57
i feel bad for TeamOne....gonna get rekt
2021-03-01 17:58
wtf are these groups
2021-03-01 18:04
with whom did ENCE sleep with to get in there?
2021-03-01 18:20
#161
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Norway fuxzer
Why all brazilian teams in 1 group?
2021-03-01 18:49
Group A is unpredictable. Either Col is in or out . Darkhorse is Renegades.
2021-03-01 19:55
Nice group Ez for BIG
2021-03-01 22:32
#169
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Slovakia Adwarin
niiice
2021-03-01 23:18
#170
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United Kingdom RyanAJP
Ez for Endpoint
2021-03-02 00:00
-renegades +Spirit and you have perfect event
2021-03-02 00:00
All onliners in group A lol
2021-03-02 05:02
Easiest group for G2. RIP cheatality
2021-03-02 05:14
honestly its a shame, i wanted to see what asian teams are truly made out of
2021-03-02 14:57
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