FunPlus Phoenix will not be flying to the VCT Masters in Reykjavík, Iceland in April.
Due to travel restrictions in Ukraine and Russia and COVID-19 regulations, the VALORANT The team is unable to field a roster for the event and will therefore be replaced by Team Liquid, Riot Games revealed in a statement on social media today.
“Travel restrictions in Ukraine and Russia, as well as existing COVID-19 regulations, continue to pose numerous challenges for international travel,” said Riot. “Our Events, Competitive Operations and Mobility teams have been working to find solutions to ensure the FunPlus Phoenix roster can compete in Masters Reykjavík. Those options included extending the roster blackout window, relaxing emergency backup rules, and contacting relevant government officials to obtain visas and travel permits. Unfortunately, through no fault of their own, FunPlus Phoenix will not be able to field a full squad in Reykjavík.”
FPX triumphed at EMEA Stage One Challengers with a roster that included two Russian players, Shao and SUYGETSU, and one Ukrainian player, ANGE1. With the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and many sanctions being imposed on Russian airlines, traveling to Europe from the country remains challenging and complicated.
Liquid, the team that placed fourth in the playoffs, will compete in Masters Reykjavík in place of FPX. “Team Liquid is invited to represent the EMEA region at Masters Reykjavík. This will ensure that all three EMEA slots are filled by teams from the region,” Riot explained.
On March 10th, FPX took the spotlight for a different reason. According to a report by Dot Esports, the organization had no plans to pay ANGE1 a full salary during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. However, the organization later apologized and wrote their wrongs by paying the player his full salary.
Team Liquid will join EMEA representatives G2 Esports and Fnatic at Masters Reykjavík on April 10th.
https://dotesports.com/valorant/news/fpx-unable-to-attend-masters-reykjavik-due-to-travel-restrictions FPX was unable to attend the VCT Masters Reykjavík due to travel restrictions, instead Team Liquid invited