SK and Immortals Swap Felps and Fnx
Fnx joined SK Gaming when his, and the rest of his teammates’, contracts with Luminosity Gaming expired back in July. Much like with their time spent with Luminosity, the roster played exceptionally well under SK’s banner, regularly coming in top four at several premier-level events such as the ELEAGUE Season 2 and ESL One: New York, where they came in 3rd-4th.
Unfortunately, in December, internal complications led SK Gaming to move fnx into a substitute position despite their successes as a roster, competing in the ELEAGUE Major with Ricardo “fox” Pacheco in his stead.
With that in mind, there were a number of leaks that hinted towards the swap that trickled out through the month of December. A screencap of a conversation on Skype with SK’s Counter-Strike manager, Ricardo “dead” Sinigaglia, indicated towards a trade for Immortals’ entry fragger, and a number of Tweets hinted at the swap. To add the cherry on top, ESEA listed fnx on Immortals’ roster not long after the announcement was made that he would be moved into a substitute position.
So, while not a complete shock to those who pay a lot of attention to the behind the scenes of competitive Counter-Strike, the news is a long-awaited confirmation of what was otherwise little more than confused speculation.
Something similar could be said for Immortals, though not in the same aspect. Immortals acquired Tempo Storm’s former lineup in June, a roster that saw major success in their time together. As the team took the Counter-Strike scene by storm, coming in the top two at nearly every major they played in, including DreamHack Summer 2016 and Northern Arena 2016 – Toronto, it seemed that Immortals would be a long-standing champion of CS:GO.
Unfortunately, their successes quickly declined towards the end of October with season 2 of ELEAGUE and season 4 of the ESL Pro League, where they came in 13th-16th and 9th-10th respectively. Immortals quickly attempted to rectify the problem by replacing Wilton “zews” Prado with Lucas “steel” Lopes, but the team saw little improvement going into 2017. They managed to take first at iBUYPOWER Masters 2016, but failed to qualify for the ELEAGUE Major and continued to fall short at ECS Season 2.
Regardless of their struggles towards the end of 2016, SK Gaming is elated to have felps on their starting roster.
“Needless to say, we are more than happy to welcome such a talented player to our roster,” said SK in a press release, “Felps played a great season in 2016 and we are excited for the tournaments ahead.”
Felps is already moved into the team house and is training with the rest of his team, and the new lineup’s debut will be made at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas later this month.
At time of publish, Immortals has not released a statement regarding the swap.