FunPlus Phoenix has been one of the most successful European VALORANT teams over recent times. Despite performing well in all three VALORANT Champions Tour stages, the org has now decided to make a roster changes. With Tobias “ShadoW” Flodstrom and Dmitriy “dimasick” Matvienko having been benched back in August, shortly after the release of “menegh”, FunPlus Phoenix has this week announced the arrival of Dmitry “SUYGETSU” Ilyushin.
The former FaZe Clan pro has been without a team since forZe disbanded at the beginning of the month. However, it has not taken the Russian long to find a new home, with the teenager having been snapped up by the Phoenix. The news comes following FPX’s defeat at the VCT Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs.
How SUYGETSU’s move to FunPlus Phoenix panned out
Things could not have worked out much better for SUYGETSU, who finds himself on one of the leading VALORANT roster’s in the region, having been a free agent just a matter of days ago. While it remains to be seen as to how he will fare, FPX are likely to be just as competitive as before.
SUYGETSU will team up with in-game leader Kirill “ANGE1”Karasiow, Andrey “Shao” Kiprsky and Pontus “Zyppan” Eek at FPX, as he becomes the fourth member of their roster. The Russian is expected to act as an initiator for the team, given his skills on Skye and Killjoy. However, his versatility is likely to have appealed to Phoenix, with Sentinel duty on Cypher also being an option. With all three positions being part of the current meta, this is a clever pick-up by FPX.
FPX signed Suygetsu. Will hope that will help them. Waiting for the reveal of the 5th member.
— I'm WhiteWiLLR (@WhiteWiLLR) October 9, 2021
When will we see FPX in action next?
Despite missing out on a shot at the VCT Champions, there is still plenty to be excited about for FunPlus Phoenix fans. Their performances up until the VCT EMEA Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs were impressive. However, with the team not being one of the eight set to compete at the VCT: EMEA Last Chance Qualifier, those in charge are already planning ahead.
The VALORANT season is due to end after the VCT Champions, with looking ahead to 2022 therefore being wise. While competing in smaller events is a possibility, it is expected that we will not see the Phoenix in action until next year. Meanwhile, talk of a women’s VALORANT roster has enhanced of late, which would see the org move into the VCT Game Changers scene.