Phoenix1 Acquire Stunt, Plan to Start Inori After Brief Absence

by Matt Best

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Phoenix1 were quite active leading up to the March 7 roster freeze within League of Legends. They had a flurry of moves starting with Adrian "Adrian" Ma heading to Team Liquid. "I’m very excited to be joining Team Liquid. While the team’s performance has been below expectations this split, I see massive potential in this roster and I hope to help us get better one day at a time. Hopefully Matt and I can push each other to improve and give our team the best chance of winning. I always tilted TL with my Soraka... now I want it to tilt other teams."

With a void now in the support lane, the team has bought out William "Stunt" Chen from Team Dignitas. Stunt played in three games for Team Dignitas going 3-9-18 en route to a 2.3 KDA. While with the team, he helped them go 2-1. Stunt also had previous LCS experience, playing as a substitute for Echo Fox in February 2016.

The team welcomed their new support on Twitter.

The team is no stranger to roster moves. Heading into Week 5, the team previously announced that they had received William "Meteos" Hartman from Cloud9 to fill in for Rami "Inori" Charagh who had returned to Vancouver for personal issues. 

According to a report made by Jacob Wolf of ESPN Esports, Inori will be returning to Phoenix1's starting lineup in Week 7. Without Adrian on the team, Inori will have one less problem to deal with. During a pre-game interview, Adrian seemingly took a direct shot at Inori and said that he enjoyed playing with Meteos because he was "using his brain." The report stated that Phoenix1's flurry of moves reflected the situation at hand.

In 19 games played for Phoenix1, Inori picked up 89 kills, 63 deaths and 109 assists en route to a 3.1 KDA and a 71% kill participation.

Week 7 features Phoenix1 in a pair of matchups against FlyQuest and Echo Fox.

By Matt Best

Matt Best is the Lead On Air Host and Producer for WWG. He has spent his professional career submerged in both the traditional sports world as well as esports. As one of the only Canadians at WWG, if you want to tilt Matt, just bring up awful Canadian stereotypes.