Brazilian Counter-Strike player Vito “kNg” Giuseppe will join the Immortals active roster later this week, according to sources. He will replace recently benched player Lincoln “fnx” Lau, who will likely depart Immortals and rejoin fellow Counter-Strike 1.6 teammate Raphael “cogu” Camargo.
Fnx has a reputation for being a difficult teammate to play with, even as far back as 2006. According to sources, that is indeed the reason for his recent benching and eventual departure from the organization. In a recent video, Wilton “zews” Prado, fnx’s former coach with Luminosity, explained that fnx can bring down the team and hurt its performance due to his personality. Fnx joined Immortals in February after being removed from SK Gaming in December.
KNg, 22, is regarded as one of the top prospects in Brazil, most recently playing for Red Reserve. He can both rifle and AWP, which provides his new team with a multitude of options. Some have even gone as far to say that kNg has the potential to be as good of an AWPer as Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo, who is one of the best in CS:GO history.
Immortals placed third in Season 5 of ESL Pro League and qualified for the finals in Dallas later this month. Immortals will also attend ESL One Cologne 2017, which is a week before the PGL Major.
Immortals declined comment.
UPDATE: ESPN Brazil is reporting João “Horvy” Horvath, not kNg, will replace fnx on Immortals.