Phoenix1 will be the newest team to join the North American LCS after the owners of Team Impulse were forced to sell their spot. Phoenix1 is a brand new esports organization owned by Rob Moore, Michael Moore, and Jack Giarraputo. Rob Moore and Jack Giarraputo are film executives while Michael Moore is Rob’s son who will be acting as the managing partner for the organization as reported by ESPN.
The lineup will consist of Mash and Gate in the bottom lane (Previously on Team Impulse) while Slooshi (Team8) and Pirean (Team Impulse) will compete for a mid lane spot or may use a two mid lane lineup. Top lane will be a competition for the starting spot between Zig (Team Liquid) and Brandini (FrankFang Gaming/Apex Gaming) and rounding out the lineup is Inori (Dignitas) in the jungle. Coaching the team will be Charlie who formerly coached Cloud 9 and NRG Gaming. The team will face the challenges of both trying to solidify their roster before the Summer LCS Split (June 3rd) as well as getting enough practice time in order for the players to synergize well with each other. In a fiercely competitive league, we may see a slow start from Phoenix1.
Phoenix1 will join EnVyUs as the latest additions to the LCS and with their well established groups, fans may be able to rest easy that the players will be paid properly and treated correctly. The latest LCS additions have also shifted the trend of new LCS ownerships, from player and esport insider owners to well established businessmen and investors. This trend will continue as esports grows as a whole and as existing player contracts start to expire. As a result, we may see some of these deeper pocketed investors and ownership groups pick up some big name players to round out their rosters.