FunPlus Phoenix FunPlus Phoenix China Unranked has elevated their second team FunPlus Phoenix ZHUQUE FunPlus Phoenix ZHUQUE Inactive to the main division in anticipation of Valorant's official launch in China.
Instead of building an Asian roster like their compatriots from the start, the organization opted to acquire the core of ZyppanGoKill ZyppanGoKill Inactive in late 2020. Their European roster was fairly successful during their tenure, with multiple deep playoffs runs in Challengers EMEA, multiple Masters appearances, and a Champions qualification, with their most successful accomplishment winning Masters Copenhagen in a highly-contested match against Paper Rex Paper Rex Asia-Pacific Rank #1 .
When FunPlus Phoenix were not revealed as one of ten EMEA teams accepted into Riot's new partnership league for 2023, the organization allowed the roster to enter free agency, which eventually saw the majority of players land on Natus Vincere Natus Vincere Europe Rank #1 for the 2023 season.
The new Chinese roster first competed in 2021 under the ZHUQUE name, which was owned by FPX's parent organization, FunPlus, only netting one win throughout the year. The team underwent major changes for 2022, retaining veterans OMEGA and AAAAY and bringing fresh talents such as YuChEn from All Gamers All Gamers Inactive alongside Zhang "berLIN" Bolin (張柏霖) and Yuicaw , formerly of CBT Gaming CBT Gaming Inactive . The team had multiple playoff appearances throughout the year but did not capture any tournament wins against other teams in their region.
However, in the FGC Invitational: Epilogue, the roster managed to break through in a convincing manner. After being swept by EDG in the Upper Finals, ZHUQUE did the same to NTER NTER China Rank #2 in the Lower Finals, eventually returning the favor in a rematch against EDG, beating them convincingly in a 3-1 victory.
As Valorant will be officially launching in China in 2023 (under the name Fearless Covenant), there has not been any official confirmation regarding the future of China within the VCT ecosystem. However, that has not stopped Chinese organizations from starting to open their recruitment and search for talent to put together new rosters to bring home more titles, which includes FPX.