"We did not find the right in-game leader". Farlig opens up about reasons for FPX failure
Former FunPlus Phoenix player Asger "Farlig" Jensen, in an interview with Dust2.dk, explained why the European squad fell apart after a year of playing together. According to him, the lack of the right in-game leader and the inability to gather at the bootcamp were the main reasons that led to the failure.
Jensen believes that FunPlus Phoenix could achieve a lot under the leadership of Chris "chrisJ" de Jong, but at the beginning of last year, even after a successful trial period, the club failed to agree on a contract with the Dutchman.
We practiced with chrisJ for 2-3 weeks and together with him took the second place at DreamHack Open January 2021 Europe, where we defeated Gambit in a best-of-three. We then won Snow Sweet Snow #1, where again we managed to beat Gambit in the grand final. Then the trial period of chrisJ ended, and the negotiations between the parties did not turn out to be successful, after which the team had to look for an in-game leader again. Two weeks later, Gambit won IEM Katowice 2021.
I do believe that FPX could do just well with Chris. Eventually, we did not find the right in-game leader. Among other things, we worked with emi. He was a very hardworking player, but you have to admit he didn't fit the squad.
Farlig added that FunPlus Phoenix management's decision to disband the roster after the final European RMR tournament of 2021 was expected.
At the bootcamp before IEM Fall 2021, I saw Maden for the first time in real life. The coronavirus pandemic prevented us from gathering, although at that point I had been playing in the same team with him for over a year. In the second half of the year, we mainly focused on getting a ticket to the Major. Before the start of the RMR event, we were eighth in the European rankings, but then played poorly and soon ended up benched. I was mentally prepared for such decision long before the management finally announced it to us.
Over the past year, the best achievements of FunPlus Phoenix in tier-1 events were 9th place at Flashpoint 3 and 9-12th place at ESL Pro League Season 13.