fnx transitions to content creator, streamer, and coach
Imperial announced late yesterday that Lincoln "fnx" Lau was being moved from the starting lineup and will assume coaching duties for the IEM Rio Americas RMR and, should they qualify, the Rio Major. The organization also announced that the player would become a streamer and content creator for the organization.
fnx, with no previous coaching experience, now takes over the reigns from Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu who was relieved of his duties two weeks ago. His departure from the active roster made room for Marcelo "chelo" Cespedes, who was announced as his replacement today. This marks the end of fnx's return to top competitive play and six-month stint with Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and Fernando "fer" Alvarenga. The trio reunited as a "Last Dance", a term coined after the Chicago Bull's final championship season in 1997 with Michael Jordan, with the team over-achieving with a 9-11th place finish at the PGL Antwerp Major.
After such highs, the team began to experience several lows as they only won two of their next 13 matchups. With early finishes in IEM Dallas and IEM Cologne, the squad headed into the player break with several questions lingering. With the announcement of chelo as fnx's replacement, the Brazilians look to kick it into high gear at ESL Challenger Melbourne, with the hope of eventually playing in the arena for the playoff stage of the IEM Rio Major.
The Imperial squad is now:
Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo
Fernando "fer" Alvarenga
Ricardo "boltz" Prass
Vinicius "VINI" Figueiredo
Marcelo "chelo" Cespedes
Lincoln "fnx" Lau (Coach)