zehN and emi released from FPX

The final two players of the former FunPlus Phoenix roster have become free agents and now look for new opportunities.

Jesse "⁠zehN⁠" Linjala and Luka "⁠emi⁠" Vuković have been released from their contracts with FunPlus Phoenix, the former player has announced and the latter has confirmed to HLTV.org.

The 30-year-old and 28-year-old were the last two players left on the Chinese organization's books following its decision to discontinue its investment in CS:GO and the subsequent disbandment of the roster in November, which had struggled to break through and become a consistent contender.

zehN has been out of action for the past six months

One by one, their three ex-teammates found new homes after leaving in January, with Martin "⁠STYKO⁠" Styk acquired by Apeks, Pavle "⁠Maden⁠" Bošković joining ENCE, and Asger "⁠Farlig⁠" Jensen released and later signed by Astralis. zehN and emi now follow suit as they have become free agents and look for offers.

"I'm ready to face new challenges as a player," zehN Tweeted, asking parties interested in a "smart player with fragging potential" to get in touch.

Meanwhile, emi has told HLTV.org that, despite having coaching experience from his time with Valiance and CR4ZY, he looks to return to an active playing role as an in-game leader and is willing to listen to offers from any region.

"As of today I am out of my contract with FPX, which means I am a free agent now and open to any offers," the Serbian has stated. "I'm ready to get back on the server in the IGL role."

Montenegro Pavle 'Maden' Bošković
Pavle 'Maden' Bošković
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
624
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
Finland Jesse 'zehN' Linjala
Jesse 'zehN' Linjala
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1073
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Asger 'Farlig' Jensen
Asger 'Farlig' Jensen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
651
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1503
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Serbia Luka 'emi' Vuković
Luka 'emi' Vuković
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1067
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
#2
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Canada DefoUKCSxd
Ok
2022-04-01 19:06
alright
2022-04-01 19:06
what took so long?
2022-04-01 19:06
15 replies
It's a Chinese org, do you really expect it to prioritize the wellbeing of the players?
2022-04-01 19:08
14 replies
>denmark flair bubzkji.
2022-04-01 19:40
4 replies
good point, astralis ruised more careers than all the chinesse orgs combined
2022-04-01 20:35
2 replies
#101
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Singapore 2200DPI
Bubzkji, jugi, lucky, and more will come...
2022-04-02 15:52
1 reply
also crated fake star player from es3tag and then sent him to ruin other teams :P
2022-04-02 15:57
keep calm he is just 8yo
2022-04-01 20:44
Yeah some ORGs are shit but you can't say this about FPX, it's a huge org and have been in League for years
2022-04-01 19:58
2 replies
#90
STYKO | 
Germany _PH1L
And valorant tbf
2022-04-02 03:37
Well they fucked their cs players really bad
2022-04-02 12:03
#58
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Germany shimmy227
do you think they didn't pay him his salary? being benched while getting paid doesn't sound too bad to me
2022-04-01 20:50
5 replies
#67
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Argentina Saazu
But thats a short term mindset. These players need to keep up with the game to build their career. 6 months on the bench is baaad.
2022-04-01 21:11
3 replies
I mean players like Maden STYKO Farlig, they have been released when there are teams want to sign them right? But until now no one tend to sign emi and zehn so that's the point
2022-04-02 01:43
Yo le noob, Being benched doesn't mean that you are not allowed to play CS anymore duh. It's actually their duty as professionals to keep themselves in shape for when the time comes when a team calls them.
2022-04-02 13:03
1 reply
#103
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Argentina Saazu
obviously I know mate, but it is definitely harder to keep up the pace if you are not in a team. talking in psychological and practical terms.
2022-04-02 23:34
#108
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Slovakia Adwarin
+1
2022-04-03 18:45
#5
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Finland Cucumber))
GOD ZEHN <3
2022-04-01 19:07
finally
2022-04-01 19:07
Zehn deserves a chance. Please someone buy him
2022-04-01 19:07
7 replies
#13
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Finland Cucumber))
+1
2022-04-01 19:07
#30
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Finland Ekkkku
+1
2022-04-01 19:21
noone has to buy him, he is free agent so anyone can get him for free
2022-04-01 20:35
*sign him
2022-04-01 21:44
+1 super underrated
2022-04-02 00:20
#100
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Bahamas Nollegee
+1
2022-04-02 15:35
#109
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Slovakia Adwarin
+1
2022-04-03 18:45
ez for teeth
2022-04-01 19:07
Forgot about FPX
2022-04-01 19:07
Gorillaz will look nasty with him
2022-04-01 19:07
#14
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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ALLAHTARES
a smart player with fragging potential
2022-04-01 19:08
#15
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Sweden skorpan
zehN great player emi great COACH There's a lot of teams in need of a player like zehN and even more in need of a coach of emi's caliber.
2022-04-01 19:08
Both are very decent Tier 2 players, I hope they can find new teams
2022-04-01 19:08
3 replies
#24
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Montenegro Putikainen
very good tier 1 player zehn
2022-04-01 19:16
2 replies
He definitely has the potential to perform well in Tier 1, but I don’t think any Tier 1 team would pick him soon
2022-04-01 19:18
1 reply
#61
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Germany shimmy227
pretty sure he never played on a tier 1 team and is already 30 years old. it's more realistic that he does it like krystal and joins a team like cowana imo
2022-04-01 20:56
Not expected.
2022-04-01 19:09
finnish prodigy
2022-04-01 19:10
zehn is or used to be good sad to see him without a team now hurts bad
2022-04-01 19:11
Ence zehN PogU
2022-04-01 19:11
1 reply
null von zehn
2022-04-01 19:15
Zehn to havu?
2022-04-01 19:13
2 replies
+1
2022-04-02 14:27
+1
2022-04-03 18:13
zehn to Mad Lions, time to remove dead rubber from that team
2022-04-01 19:17
Zehn to temptation. EZ Major.
2022-04-01 19:18
2 replies
not if Allu on the roster
2022-04-01 20:56
1 reply
ez4allu
2022-04-01 21:18
April fools!
2022-04-01 19:18
emi? lol isnt it female name?
2022-04-01 19:19
30 year old god zehn
2022-04-01 19:21
#32
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France Diodele
zehn still good hope he will join solid team
2022-04-01 19:24
Wait wtf I didn’t realize Zehn was 30 I always thought he was like 25
2022-04-01 19:26
#34
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Finland AliSabid
less go bois!
2022-04-01 19:27
Zehn Pog
2022-04-01 19:28
Lets remake the old PENTA! Its would be so good!
2022-04-01 19:31
#37
emi | 
Serbia bra1np
emi to 4glory ez
2022-04-01 19:38
Lets go emi <3
2022-04-01 19:41
imagine calling yourself a ''smart player with fragging potential'' in your own tweet
2022-04-01 19:44
6 replies
#45
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Finland Stonkamies
1.11 rating vs top 5 opponents in 43 maps, I think he has right to say so.
2022-04-01 20:03
3 replies
I didn't realise his stats were that good... a very good player to choose it seems... maybe fnatic could use him? I'm not that sure what role zehn fills but he could replace Peppzor surely?
2022-04-01 20:34
2 replies
he is actually really good top 3 finnish player imo
2022-04-01 21:03
#73
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Finland Stonkamies
Yeah, he is one of the most underrated players of recent years. And he has been the best Finnish player for some time now. He could fit to almost any top team. He is kinda like Krimz imo and he actually can play almost any role but maybe entry.
2022-04-01 21:32
Is he not?
2022-04-01 20:47
Imagine not having the confidence calling yourself good
2022-04-01 21:24
Sergej - Rifler zehN - Lurker Support Doto - Support ZOREE - AWPer Allu - IGL Rifler 2nd AWPer Pog.
2022-04-01 19:50
8 replies
#47
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Finland Stonkamies
-Allu +Jimpphat And then make doto igl and we are talking.
2022-04-01 20:06
4 replies
#59
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Portugal OwnedBro
And you put sergej in awp? Its a waste imo, he is better as a rifler
2022-04-01 20:52
3 replies
+jamppi
2022-04-01 21:04
#71
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Finland Stonkamies
No, Zoree is the awp.
2022-04-01 21:28
1 reply
#74
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Portugal OwnedBro
My bad i didnt saw that, sry mens
2022-04-01 21:43
sadly sergej and allu aren't going to play with each other. :(
2022-04-01 20:07
2 replies
Not one Finnish player wants to play with allu. For a good reason.
2022-04-02 04:27
1 reply
True
2022-04-02 10:16
#42
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Hungary szia
So FPX kept them locked up in roster hell for 5 months after they announced leaving csgo? Trash org
2022-04-01 19:53
1 reply
#80
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Serbia hitomi79
G2 wanted emi to coach, sadly Chinese inflated the buyout and the deal went south. Lose-lose scenario.
2022-04-01 22:01
Good luck
2022-04-01 20:01
Unexpected
2022-04-01 20:04
Please Jesse come save whats left from the Finnish scene.
2022-04-01 20:21
zehN is good but his age is problem t1 teams wont sigm 30 yo guy
2022-04-01 20:50
2 replies
snappi is like 33
2022-04-01 21:51
1 reply
and igl
2022-04-01 22:27
#60
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Hungary TheBudi34
-krystaL +emi destroyed this team
2022-04-01 20:52
1 reply
#64
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Greece RedWinter
they had fallen off the top 20 before that move lol
2022-04-01 21:02
zehN come back
2022-04-01 20:56
#69
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Europe Nictake
Havu -slowi +zehn as igl. Or -aerial and +zehn so zehn can secon call. This is the only way to save their t side.
2022-04-01 21:18
2 replies
Removing aerial would be braindead.
2022-04-03 18:31
1 reply
#111
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Europe Nictake
who would you remove then? they must do changes and both aerial and xseven have been underperforming. You can't remove Sm1lee, he is the only part of the team that has future value.
2022-04-03 20:43
Save zehN
2022-04-01 21:32
#76
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Serbia lolz1c
zehn sunny oskar msl sergej why not
2022-04-01 21:50
doto zehN Jimpphat juho lynxi
2022-04-01 21:57
3 replies
garbage i feel insulted
2022-04-01 22:00
2 replies
its something that could actually happen now and should be solid top30 team
2022-04-01 22:27
1 reply
juho and lynxi will never be on a top 30 team lmao
2022-04-02 14:25
#81
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United States Shmikeb0b
-pric3tag + zehn
2022-04-01 22:03
ez for teeth
2022-04-01 22:19
finally
2022-04-01 22:22
#86
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Italy cele87
Zehn and emi deserve a good team imo
2022-04-01 23:21
#88
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Denmark Henry1887
zehN would fit big
2022-04-02 01:24
3 replies
#96
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Bulgaria Bulg1us
I don't think so, because they probably want to speak in German, although it would be really cool
2022-04-02 12:30
2 replies
#104
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Denmark Henry1887
you dont get the joke
2022-04-03 02:49
1 reply
#105
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Bulgaria Bulg1us
what joke?
2022-04-03 08:38
OG -niko +zehn would be great imo
2022-04-02 04:21
1 reply
And he's free so he suited OG's criteria
2022-04-02 04:22
#110
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Slovakia Adwarin
zehN⁠ - I think he is decent, but can surprise emi - during the first period with him they gradually improved compared to the krystal GL &HF
2022-04-03 18:50
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