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Pioneers, an esports organization based in Kansas City, are in discussions to sign the former eUnited VALORANT roster dubbed ‘FPL-C,’ multiple sources told Upcomer this week.

Talks with the players have been ongoing for some time but it’s unclear if an agreement has been reached at the time of publication.

The former eUnited squad have been without an organization since May 28.

Former T1 coach Daniel “fRoD” Montaner is coaching the roster but he is yet to be officially signed. He is helping the team without a salaried payment as it stands.

Pioneers looking to acquire FPL-C

FPL-C have signed up to compete in the upcoming North American VALORANT Champions Tour Stage 3 Challengers Open Qualifier 1, which is set to begin on July 1. The tournament already has over 100 teams signed up. XSET, Team Envy, TSM and Version1 are a few teams which are set to compete with new players in the tournament, also.

The former eUnited roster failed to qualify for VCT Challengers 1 in April. The team was defeated by Team Envy in the round of 32, who would later defeat Ghost Gaming to qualify for Challengers 1.

FPL-C is considered one of the top teams in North America, though they have yet to break through to the highest level. The former eUnited players recently competed in the Nerd Street Gamers Summer Championship Open 9, which concluded June 22.

The team finished in fourth place at the tournament, just behind Brimstone Gaming, VIRTUOSO and Renegades.

The Pioneers field teams in multiple esports. Most notably, the organization has fielded a Rocket League team for just over a year following their entry to the esport on June 7 with the acquisition of Jalen “rapid” Parker, Sebastian “Sea-Bass” Becerra and Landon “BeastMode” Konerman.

If the Pioneers sign FPL-C, the organization would likely field the following roster:

  • Jason “jmoh” Mohandessi
  • Tanner “scourge” Kages
  • Lucas “fiziq” Blow
  • Chad “Oderus” Miller
  • “Skuba”
  • fRoD (coach)

George is the lead reporter for Upcomer from the United Kingdom.


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