STYKO: "By the looks of things, we're going back to chrisJ if everything gets settled"

The Slovak rifler revealed what FunPlus Phoenix are planning after the ESL Pro League season is over in the latest episode of 'HLTV Confirmed'.

After failing in their efforts to sign the Heroic squad in March 2020, FunPlus Phoenix put their plan to enter the Counter-Strike scene on hold for several months, making another attempt only in the fall, when they engaged in talks with GODSENT. It is now over two months since the Chinese organisation unveiled the international team, who are still trying to find a permanent solution to their in-game leadership predicament following Kevin "⁠kRYSTAL⁠" Amend's departure.

Miikka "⁠suNny⁠" Kemppi is the third player to take the team's reins, after Luka "⁠emi⁠" Vuković and Chris "⁠chrisJ⁠" de Jong. The former ENCE member was approached after negotiations with the Dutch player fell through at the last minute, helping the team to book a spot in the ESL Pro League Season 13 playoffs.

STYKO was the latest guest on the 'HLTV Confirmed' podcast

Martin "⁠STYKO⁠" Styk appeared on Tuesday as a guest on the 'HLTV Confirmed' podcast and spoke about the struggle to find a permanent fifth player. According to him, the organisation has given the team as much time as needed to find the right fit.

"We found the in-game leader, but negotiations just didn't go through between chrisJ and FPX," STYKO said. "That was unfortunate because even though he didn't sign, we practised hard with him, we won a tournament, and made it into the finals of another. It was all looking good, but in the end, there was a deal-breaker and we had to get a new IGL.

"Less than 48 hours before the EPL roster lock, we decided to go for suNny, who was on our shortlist of IGLs even before we went for chrisJ. But, when we approached him, suNny said he had that project with flusha and he wasn't sure where to go, so he told us it was better if we tried out chrisJ. We tried him out and it was the right fit."

FunPlus Phoenix will finish out the ESL Pro League season with suNny, after which they will likely move on from the Finnish player, with STYKO revealing that negotiations with chrisJ have been resumed.

"By the looks of things, we're going back to chrisJ if everything gets settled," he said. "There is nothing signed, but it's looking much brighter than it was a few months ago when the deal fell through.

"We want to play with each other, he fits our style and he's a really good in-game leader, in my opinion. He also lifts our spirits during the game, which is necessary for our team and he learned a lot from karrigan, I guess."

With suNny leading the team instead of chrisJ, FunPlus Phoenix advanced to the ESL Pro League playoffs with a 3-2 record, beating OG, BIG, and Renegades, and losing to the two best teams of the group, Heroic and Complexity. STYKO was surprisingly candid when asked to assess the team's recent performances.

"Honestly, we are playing really bad Counter-Strike," he said. "I feel that it's not like we advanced to the playoffs, but that other teams failed to advance. BIG fell flat in our group and I expected them to be among the top three. OG also had some questionable games, and Renegades haven't really put up a performance in Europe yet."

FunPlus Phoenix's preparations for Friday's Pro League match against FURIA have been less than ideal after suNny recently tested positive for coronavirus. The Finnish player has experienced mild symptoms, forcing the team to practice with coach Jonatan "⁠Devilwalk⁠" Lundberg.

"suNny tested positive for COVID-19 last Friday and he was unable to play due to having high fevers," STYKO said.

"We are demotivated, but we're seeing this light at the end of the tunnel as chrisJ wants to come back and we want him to come back as well. If this all works out I believe that by the end of the summer we'll hit top 10 in the rankings, we're going to qualify for the Major, and by the end of the year we are going to be an established tier-one team."

You can access the full VOD of Tuesday's episode of 'HLTV Confirmed' below.

Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1204
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1722
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
Serbia Luka 'emi' Vuković
Luka 'emi' Vuković
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
985
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
Germany Kevin 'kRYSTAL' Amend
Kevin 'kRYSTAL' Amend
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1710
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.67
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1345
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
lmao
2021-03-31 20:23
24 replies
#7
EliGE | 
Poland Roxin
What's funny here?
2021-03-31 20:24
22 replies
EASY FOR GODJ
2021-03-31 20:25
7 replies
+111111111111111111
2021-03-31 21:17
+1
2021-03-31 21:26
+11111111111111111111111111
2021-04-01 00:05
#85
XigN | 
Korea hanj3
+1
2021-04-01 03:18
#87
ZywOo | 
France Jaune
+1
2021-04-01 04:23
+1
2021-04-01 18:20
+1
2021-04-02 06:37
#13
OK | 
Peru TheJuan
Good choice by FPX
2021-03-31 20:25
7 replies
+1 very smart move
2021-03-31 20:26
+1
2021-03-31 20:29
+1 GodJ back
2021-03-31 20:41
#45
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Serbia LtN))
+111
2021-03-31 20:55
0/8
2021-03-31 23:38
2 replies
#76
OK | 
Peru TheJuan
schnauze hater
2021-03-31 23:55
1 reply
Stfu fan
2021-04-01 13:07
the +chrisj -chrisj +chrisj cycle continues
2021-03-31 20:29
4 replies
+1 lel
2021-03-31 21:26
for mouz :D I am sure when Dexter or bymas don't work out he is back in mouz lineup.
2021-04-01 18:15
1 reply
its obvious that dexter AND bymas won`t work out
2021-04-07 09:50
classic chrisj move :D
2021-04-02 11:30
vert stupid move to let him go in first place. FPX looked so good when he was in it. I hated this team once he left and rightfully so they got eliminated in first match of pro league playoff
2021-04-03 13:58
Why not just get emi you idiots
2021-03-31 22:54
Very nice
2021-03-31 20:23
#3
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United States me_0_major
-chrisj +chrisj
2021-03-31 20:23
7 replies
best strat known in CS
2021-03-31 20:23
1 reply
#52
Polin | 
Europe Daudy
unironically true
2021-03-31 21:17
10/10 very accurate
2021-03-31 20:25
the only good strat
2021-03-31 20:26
ez major now
2021-03-31 21:17
200 IQ
2021-04-01 00:45
Once again the meta has been applied
2021-04-01 18:11
LMAO
2021-03-31 20:24
#6
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Hungary fasomlul
Poor sunny getting kicked everywhere
2021-03-31 20:24
7 replies
#19
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Czech Republic JakamanCZ
He hinted on twitter that he signed somewhere so hopefully not this time
2021-03-31 20:26
#32
OK | 
Europe Rokiz
If you watch styko's interview he said that Sunny didn't even want at first to get the trial because he was still and is still working on sunny/flusha line-up who supposedly will be singed by OpTic.
2021-03-31 20:31
5 replies
#35
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Serbia XD___
OpTic????
2021-03-31 20:34
2 replies
#38
OK | 
Europe Rokiz
I think soo Hecz got back Optic so he might go in FPS again
2021-03-31 20:41
#40
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Slovakia Daev0n
Opthicc
2021-03-31 20:44
#59
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Finland Doto_top1
sources?
2021-03-31 21:27
1 reply
#62
OK | 
Europe Rokiz
Inside info
2021-03-31 21:35
YES, im so happy chrisj is coming back
2021-03-31 20:25
9 replies
+111111
2021-03-31 20:25
8 replies
i was really worried that his career would be over after they didnt come to an aggreement but this news just made my day
2021-03-31 20:27
7 replies
GodJ did amazing on his time with FPX
2021-03-31 20:30
6 replies
yeah thats why i was so sad when they didnt sign him he isnt the youngest anymore and he didnt perform great in mouse for a looong time so i thought orgs would rather go for younger players, who are fragging more
2021-03-31 20:32
5 replies
the moment they were trying out sunny i was just like: why? you may lost a grand final to spirit 3-0, but you made it to the grand final with an IGL whos quite new to being IGL, yet you choose someone else. But they want him back so they better sign him
2021-03-31 21:05
4 replies
yeah ikr, they wanted to sign him as the article states, but there were different expectations between chrisj and fxp so they tried sunny - now they changed their minds (thank god) and let sunny play with flusha and his team to bring in chris again
2021-04-01 00:11
3 replies
GodJ gets the chance he deserves (also when fpx was playing with Chris it looked like they had a lot of fun as well)
2021-04-01 01:05
2 replies
yeah indeed, im excited to see how this will go :D
2021-04-01 01:18
1 reply
lets hope he can bring a good structure to the team and that they maybe are even capable of going against T1
2021-04-01 01:50
hype
2021-03-31 20:25
EZ4STYKO
2021-03-31 20:25
#15
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Peru TenoriPEEK
WTF , Fun Plus is good with sunny
2021-03-31 20:26
8 replies
lmao 0/8
2021-03-31 20:26
3 replies
TenoriPEEK is right tho, they arent playing bad rn but they will only become stronger with godJ on their side 😎😎
2021-03-31 20:28
2 replies
#26
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Peru TenoriPEEK
lately chrisJ doesnt have good performance
2021-03-31 20:29
1 reply
he didnt have a good perfomance with mouse, i agree on that - but he will be igl in fpx and as styko said, he fits their style they won their first tournament together and chrisj didnt perform bad in fpx
2021-03-31 20:31
but no one can ignore the urge of doing the best roster move of all time -chrisJ + chrisJ
2021-03-31 20:37
2 replies
-golden + golden, -flusha + flusha
2021-03-31 20:55
1 reply
Great rosters move but -chrisJ +chrisJ is GOATED
2021-03-31 21:13
You are right, but sunny is only stand-in and has other plans, sadly
2021-03-31 20:51
#20
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Germany mainak90
Yeah get Chrisj, fpx can do great things with him. While mouz will suck on Dexter's balls.
2021-03-31 20:27
3 replies
#65
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Peru TenoriPEEK
XD
2021-03-31 21:52
until mouz decide to pull the greatest roster move of all time and get godj back from fpx, continuing the -chrisj +chrisj cycle
2021-04-02 09:32
1 reply
#118
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Germany mainak90
I really wanted that, but looks like that won't be the case.
2021-04-02 10:54
chris de long dong
2021-03-31 20:27
ez for bongJ
2021-03-31 20:29
LETS GO POGPX EZ4FPX !!!!!
2021-03-31 20:29
let’s go pogj! ez wins
2021-03-31 20:30
debong is back
2021-03-31 20:32
-chrisj +chrisj Easiest fix of all time.
2021-03-31 20:35
They looked best with emi, what are they thinking.... but on the other hand, styko thoughts its a meme when elige said that he thinks gambit is a best team to right now, like there is no world where gambit can become best. With brain like this i shouldnt be surprised with theyr decisions.
2021-03-31 20:53
22 replies
#54
Polin | 
Europe Daudy
Except they looked best with chrisJ Imagine trashtalking one of the best guests on HLTV confirmed, someone who is well spoken smart inside and outside of the game. 8/8
2021-03-31 21:19
11 replies
Doesnt make his ego any less big. He actually started to laught when he heard eliges opininion and started to trashtalk gambit.
2021-03-31 21:29
10 replies
#61
Polin | 
Europe Daudy
If you think he trashtalked anyone outside of Smash owners than you are delusional
2021-03-31 21:29
9 replies
He trashtalked gambit and laughed at the chance of them being nr1 team
2021-03-31 21:37
8 replies
#64
Polin | 
Europe Daudy
you are retarded
2021-03-31 21:48
#99
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Netherlands _FerSen_
I mean, not that he will ever be number 1. But he got a point. gambit gonna take at least 2 more years to get stable top 5.
2021-04-01 17:40
6 replies
No they wont need that much time
2021-04-01 18:12
5 replies
#106
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Netherlands _FerSen_
only hobbit has experience. Rest is new.
2021-04-01 18:15
4 replies
What do you even call a stable top 5 team? Astralis, who loses to the likes of eg or spirit or even fpx few months back? Probably i shouldnt even mention navi or vitality what kind of lows those teams can achieve. Gambit actually looks stablest of them all, maybe with just smaller possible peak.
2021-04-01 18:18
3 replies
#110
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Netherlands _FerSen_
virtus pro look more stable. But idk I dont feel like the pro scene is stable rn. Like EG won to astralis but lost 2-0 to endpoint. Also gambit lost 2 times to fpx. Who dont have a commited IGL.
2021-04-01 18:20
2 replies
So that means gambit is stable top 5 team already
2021-04-01 18:41
1 reply
#113
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Netherlands _FerSen_
No it means that even Astralis cant put up stable performance
2021-04-01 18:52
Emi lul. They had one good tournament with him and you actually don't know how much krystal strategy was part in it.
2021-04-01 06:36
5 replies
Everything was said in the video. Fpx got veery surprised themselves how much better they became getting rid of krystal
2021-04-01 07:09
4 replies
but reality shows they became worse. And Styko said he needs an IGL to motivate the team?!!! The team is shit. And I am sure ChrisJ will not sign there. Before that, he runs the mouz contract and makes a retirement party. Sounds funny to believe a 29 (or is he 30) old dude will bring them higher than krystal ever did. LuL not even Karrigan could bring that team to top 10.
2021-04-01 18:13
3 replies
I agree with everything. Just typical too big ego of styko
2021-04-01 18:14
2 replies
I mean watch ranking hltv.org/team/10671/funplus-phoenix With Krystal 15 highest now 15. Where they became better?? I don't think styko has a big ego but he look like he is "Nicht die hellste Kerze auf der Torte" (not the brightest candle on the cake)
2021-04-01 18:19
1 reply
Well being stupid and having unreasonable ego goes hand in hand more often then not tho.
2021-04-01 18:20
Yeah.With emi they looked solid, why did they kick him?
2021-04-01 10:49
3 replies
They didnt
2021-04-02 15:02
2 replies
In one tournament, they did.
2021-04-02 20:30
1 reply
they didnt kick him. You cannot kick stand in
2021-04-02 20:44
#46
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United Kingdom JupiterACE
chrisj is an abysmal player and awful PR. remember when he and his bosses shut down BLAST for 2 hours for no reason?
2021-03-31 21:01
1 reply
0/8 GODJ bestest 😎
2021-03-31 21:20
nice
2021-03-31 21:05
#50
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France Haibara
GODJ
2021-03-31 21:16
GODJ let's GOOOO
2021-03-31 21:20
#66
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Netherlands tblgk
fpx with godJ: champion vs gambit world#3 mouz without godJ: out of group stage and tier 3 qualifier
2021-03-31 21:52
I wonder what sunny is up to with flusha
2021-03-31 22:07
2077 still -chrisj +chrisj i.imgur.com/K1cTAZb.jpg
2021-03-31 22:26
1 reply
nice
2021-04-01 04:06
#70
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Russia Slavaa
LETS GOOOOOO
2021-03-31 23:02
#71
B1T | 
Romania sth1337
-maden farlig zehn +ropz chrisj oskar Best mouse lineup of all time
2021-03-31 23:28
1 reply
+1
2021-04-01 13:56
All I read here was Furia 2-0
2021-03-31 23:29
EZ major for GodJ
2021-03-31 23:34
I'm by the way very impressed by Styko very smart guy
2021-03-31 23:40
TOP1J
2021-04-01 00:47
#83
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Japan esy
- ChrisJ +ChrisJ EZ Major
2021-04-01 01:23
When you need an igl to motivate you. Quit. Lazy kid
2021-04-01 06:37
#91
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Netherlands xrnavkha
havent even signed him yet and FPX are already -chrisJ +chrisJ
2021-04-01 08:58
#92
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Portugal ZeeeVe
The -ChrisJ + ChrisJ continues!!!
2021-04-01 09:48
ChrisJ? Really? :X
2021-04-01 10:19
#94
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Cyprus shmoe
Chris Jott - full package! IGL, AWP, Support, mega experience - he has it all, he does it all. No brainer!
2021-04-01 10:41
they said i need to be a more active
2021-04-01 17:24
#102
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
I don't think it's good option for them, I think chrisJs career on the highest level has already sort of ended. But I might be wrong, if they think he is the best for them, then they for sure know that better.
2021-04-01 18:12
ChrisJ can be IGL , but his fragging ability is shit
2021-04-01 20:02
flusha to fpx
2021-04-02 09:37
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