Natus Vincere Natus Vincere Europe Rank #1 has acquired FunPlus Phoenix FunPlus Phoenix Inactive 's former roster, plus former Acend star Mehmet "cNed" Yağız İpek. cNed will take the place of Ardis "ardiis" Svarenieks, who will not be joining his former teammates on NaVi.
FPX released their entire team yesterday due to missing out on the 2023 VCT EMEA League partnership. Acend also missed out on partnership in the 2023 VCT EMEA League, prompting the team's Operator-specialist to begin exploring offers in late September.
FPX's original roster was formed by blending some of the best talent in FABRIKEN FABRIKEN Inactive and PartyParrots PartyParrots Inactive in 2020, with veteran IGL Kyrylo "ANGE1" Karasov at the helm of the team. After two years without finding a trophy, the team decided to replace Dmitriy "dimasick" Matvienko and Tobias "ShadoW" Flodström with Ardis "ardiis" Svarenieks and Dmitry "SUYGETSU" Ilyushin in hopes of a better 2022.
In 2022, FPX made it into Stage 1: EMEA Challengers through the CIS qualifiers. Their moves quickly bore fruits, as the team became regional champions all the while dropping just three maps. FPX qualified to Masters Reykjavik as a result, but travel issues ultimately prevented the team from attending the event. In Stage 2, the team came back for more and finished second in EMEA, qualifying to and winning Masters Copenhagen after a tenacious lower bracket run. DRX DRX Korea Rank #1 cut FPX's year short at Champions — where the team was hoping to bring a second world championship to EMEA — by eliminating them in the lower semifinal.
NAVI have been present in EMEA competition since Stage 3: EMEA Challengers Playoffs in 2021. They also attended every major regional event this year, finishing just shy of a playoffs berth in Stage 1 and outside the top eight in Stage 2. NAVI accrued enough points to participate in the LCQ, but failed to make it past the top six and reach Champions.
The roster NAVI now fields notably excludes Ardis "ardiis" Svarenieks, who was a key member in FPX's rise to the top in 2022. He is slated for a move to NA with NRG Esports NRG Esports North America Rank #1 for VCT Americas, and the team has opted to field ex- Acend Acend Europe Rank #4 player cNed in his place. FPX and Acend were both excluded from the EMEA partnership and, while the former merely stated they were "taking care of [their] players" at the time of the partnership announcement, the latter were quick to allow their players to explore options.