SAW and FTW trade two in Portuguese shuffle
The two best Portuguese teams have retooled their lineups following the end of ESEA Season 41.
SAW and FTW have made large changes to their lineups, changing two players and head coach each. The side of SAW saw the departures of Renato "stadodo" Gonçalves, Omar "arki" Chakkor, and Rui "vts" Soares from the main lineup. To fill the player shoes came both Michel "ewjerkz" Pinto and João "story" Vieira from FTW, while arki took up the reins as the coach.
For FTW, the aforementioned ewjerkz and story departed for SAW, while Cristiano "D10S" Marques Sá Carvalho moved to an assistant coach role. As part of the trade with SAW, stadodo joined alongside coach vts. To fill in the final slot, the squad picked up Francisco "kst" Fragoso, who most recently played for fnatic Rising.
FTW has also had a big recent success, as the team qualified for the main stage of ESL Pro League Season 16 through the Conference stage. The lineup made an impressive lower bracket run, defeating Sprout, ORDER, and Illuminar to become the first fully Portuguese team to qualify for EPL.
Omar "arki" Chakkor (coach)
Rui "vts" Soares (coach)