Gate, Pirean, Inori, Slooshie, Mash part of Phoenix1 seven-man roster

by theScore Staff May 26 2016
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Phoenix1, a new organization, have announced their new seven-man roster, ESPN's Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger reports.

The squad is formed from a combination of the ashes of Team Impulse's roster and new talent, after the organization acquired its NA LCS spot from Team Impulse, after they were forced to sell their spot.

The roster features former TiP players: AD carry Brandon "Mash" Phan, support, Austin "Gate" Yu and mid laner Choi "Pirean" Jun-sik.

The rest of the roster includes: top laners Derek "zig" Shao and Brandon "Brandini" Chen, jungler Rami "Inori" Charagh, and mid laner Andrew "Slooshi" Pham.

zig was previously a top substitute for Team Liquid and was the top laner for Team Liquid Academy. TLA placed 3rd-4th at the 2016 NACS Spring Playoffs after losing 3-1 to Apex Gaming in the semifinals.

Inori was a substitute jungler for about five months on Team Dignitas during the 2016 spring split, before his departure.

Slooshi’s was with his former team, Team 8, for about two years before the spot was purchased by Immortals in October 2015, who would field a new roster in the spring split. He been without a team since.

Brandini, another Team 8 alumni, was with Apex as a substitute top laner for two months.

The team’s owners are Michael Moore, Rob Moore and Jack Giarraputo. Giarraputo has 20 years of experience as a producer, working on films like Pixels, Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Grown Ups 2. He is also Adam Sandler’s producing partner at Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions. Rob Moore is Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures. Michael, his son, will act in a managing partner role for the organization, according to ESPN.

Erzberger said that Cloud9’s former coach, Charlie Lipsie, will be Pheonix1’s new head coach. Eric Ma, Team 8’s former manager, and Brendan “Saparino” Franco will function as general manager and manager, respectively.

The roster’s first game as a team will be against Echo Fox June 4, 2016 at 3 p.m.

Will Alcopra is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.