Berlin International Gaming have withdrawn from FLASHPOINT Season 1 and will be replaced by Copenhagen Flames, according to multiple sources close to the teams. This late change comes as a result of ESL inviting BIG to replace Heroic in ESL Pro League, according to one source.
The Heroic lineup has reportedly been purchased by the FunPlus Phoenix organization and will play in FLASHPOINT, meaning they will no longer be able to play in ESL Pro League due to the scheduling conflicts between the two leagues. With an open spot remaining, BIG have vacated the FLASHPOINT slot they earned through open qualification. Copenhagen Flames finished 5-6th place in the open qualifier along with DETONA Gaming and will now play in the league starting later this week.
While the final list of teams for FLASHPOINT has not been publicly revealed, DBLTAP reported earlier in the week that the two of the final three teams could potentially be Chaos Esports Club and HAVU Gaming. Since the publication of that report, it appears both organizations have accepted invitations and will play in Season 1. With FunPlus Phoenix rounding out the team list, the league is set to begin with:
- Team Envy
- c0ntact Gaming
- MAD Lions
- HAVU Gaming
- FunPlus Phoenix
- Copenhagen Flames
Copenhagen Flames recently benched their in-game leader Asger "AcilioN" Larsen before transferring him to now league-mate MAD Lions. They also benched Thomas “TMB” Bundsbæk and replaced the two with Ismail "refrezh" Ali and Rasmus "HooXi" Nielsen.
Season 1 of FLASHPOINT will run between March 13 and April 19 in Los Angeles, California. The Finals will take place in studio, rather than in Stockholm, Sweden, as a result of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Representatives from FLASHPOINT could not immediately be reached for comment.