FUT Esports FUT Esports Europe Rank #4 have transferred star duelist Konuralp "qw1" Şahin to Fire Flux Esports Fire Flux Esports Europe Rank #11 , marking the end of the player's two year tenure with the organization.
First donning FUT's jersey in 2021, qw1 played an integral role in the team's rise to glory through the Regional Leagues as he and his teammates took home the crown in the 2022 VRL Finals, reverse-sweeping Team Vitality Team Vitality Europe Rank #49 .
Eager to maintain their results amid the 2023 VCT, qw1 and the rest of FUT stumbled at LOCK//IN after a top sixteen finish, but were able to regain their footing by qualifying to Masters: Tokyo after a solid showing in the EMEA League.
Unfortunately, the roster struggled in Japan and were only able to claim victory against Attacking Soul Esports Attacking Soul Esports China Rank #5 before being sent home following losses to grand finalists Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses North America Rank #1 and DRX DRX Korea Rank #1 .
However, thanks to the team's – and FNATIC FNATIC Europe Rank #1 's – performance at Masters, FUT automatically qualified to Champions and did not need to participate in the EMEA LCQ. The team was seeded into Group B alongside FunPlus Phoenix FunPlus Phoenix China Rank #3 , T1 T1 Korea Rank #3 , and Evil Geniuses.
This time around, FUT were able to advance out of groups after besting T1 in both of their matchups. However, those were the only two wins the organization managed to snatch in Los Angeles, as an early loss to Paper Rex Paper Rex Asia-Pacific Rank #1 – another grand finalist – sent the team to the lower bracket, where they were eliminated by FNATIC.
Shortly after their bout at Champions, FUT began making changes to their roster by releasing Buğra "MOJJ" Kiraz and sixth man Serhat "Muj" Yüksel. In addition, qw1 was permitted to explore his options as a restricted free agent, leaving the active roster to just three players. The vacant spots were quickly filled by Mehmet "cNed" Yağız İpek and Eray "yetujey" Budak, who made their debuts during the Red Bull Home Ground #4 EMEA Qualifier.