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Spacestation Gaming re-enter Apex Legends signing ‘PLP’

Spacestation Gaming are back in Apex Legends.

Spacestation Gaming are re-entering Apex Legends. They have announced the signing of 'PLP', comprised of Joseph "Frexs" Sanchez, Brody "Xynew" Geissler and Josue "Phony" Ruiz. They will be also joined by coach Daniel "Dan" Barbour.

This is the first time that the ALGS has seen one of the major organisations that left the scene over the last 18 months decide to re-enter the esport. Spacestation Gaming left Apex Legends esports back in February 2023. The Utah-based organisation cited concerns about revenue sharing as a big reason for their departure.

While Spacestation Gaming are not an official ALGS partnered team, this news may be the first sign that the revamped programme is attractive enough to encourage teams to jump back into the ALGS, in hope of earning a partnered spot in the future.

Phony (Photo EA/Joe Brady)
Phony (Photo EA/Joe Brady)

Who is the new Spacestation Gaming Apex roster?

Fans of Spacestation Gaming will be familiar with one of the Apex players joining the organisation today. Frexs represented SSG for just under two years. He helped deliver some strong results during that time and will hope to repeat that success.

He brings with him long term duo Phonyhead. The two players first teamed up in March 2023 with FaZe Clan. Their partnership helped FaZe find two top six finishes at their two LAN appearances last year.

Over the off season, the duo added Xynew to their roster as they departed FaZe Clan. Xynew burst onto the scene with DarkZero, shocking the ALGS community with a debut LAN win.

This roster, who was known as PLP, are coming off the back of a very impressive win in the ALGS Pro League last weekend.

Frexs

29 year-old Frexs is one of the most experienced players in the Apex Legends competitive scene. He's represented several major orgs, including NRG, FaZe Clan and Cloud 9.

Frexs was one of the first top tier players to switch what input he plays the game on. Frexs moved to controller in the middle of 2021 and has found consistent success since. In his last stint on Spacestation Gaming's Apex roster he had an impressive LAN showing at the 2022 ALGS Championship in Raleigh.

Photo EA/Joe Brady
Photo EA/Joe Brady

His career highlights include:

  • 2023 ALGS Championship - 6th ($100,000)
  • 2022 ALGS Championship - 6th ($90,000)
  • 2023 Split 2 Playoffs - 5th ($65,000)
  • 2021 NA ALGS Championship - 5th ($35,154)
  • 2020 ALGS Summer Circuit Playoffs - 4th ($12,600)

While Frexs is yet to land a major title, he has consistently delivered strong results with approximate total career winnings of over $150,000.

Phony

Phony was a breakout star of ALGS Year 3. While he's competed since 2019, it was his Esports Arena roster that helped establish him as a tier one player.

That 'ESA' Roster performed a miraculous feat in the first split of the Year 3 Pro League. They qualified through the open Pre-season qualifiers into Pro League, then went on to make LAN in their first split. Phony beat the likes of OpTic Gaming, Complexity and FURIA winning the NA Regional Finals which booked their spot at LAN.

(Photo EA/Joe Brady)
(Photo EA/Joe Brady)

This wasn't eveen just your run of the mill match point win. ESA needed just five games to take the title, one of the fastest match point wins the game has ever seen. ESA went on to finish 15th at the Split 1 Playoffs. It was this breakout showing that attracted the attention of Snip3down, Frexs and FaZe Clan.

Career highlights:

  • 2023 ALGS Championship - 6th ($100,000)
  • 2023 Split 2 Playoffs - 5th ($65,000)
  • 2023 ALGS Split 1 Playoffs - 15th ($12,000)
  • SoulZ - Another Edition #1 - 1st ($11,297)
  • ALGS 2022 Split 1 Pro League - 4th ($9,000)

Xynew

Xynew is the most recent addition to this new Spacestation Gaming Apex roster. The 18 year-old is one of a recent wave of young controller talent that has risen incredibly quickly through the ranks. Xynew played his first tournament back in September 2022 and competed in the Pre-season qualifiers and subsequent Challenger Circuit.

He was first noticed by Teq, who added him to his roster for the ALGS 2023 Split 2 Pro League Qualifiers in February of 2023. The team, known as Meat Lovers, successfully qualified for the Pro League and performed strongly in the Pro League that followed.

Both Xynew and Fuhhnq from this roster are now signed to top tier organisations.

This performance attracted the attention of DarkZero who added Xynew to their roster before regional finals. They found instant success, winning the Regional Finals. His immense fragging on both rosters saw him crowned Split 2 kill leader.

(Photo EA/Joe Brady)
(Photo EA/Joe Brady)

The Regional Finals were a clear indicator of what was to come. DarkZero went on to win the ALGS Split 2 Playoffs in London, Xynew was the joint kill leader in finals with teammate Zer0 and performed fantastically all split.

However, DarkZero didn't perform as well as expected at the 2023 ALGS Championship which led to Xynew parting ways with the roster and joining up with his new Spacestation Gaming Apex teammates.

Career highlights:

  • 2023 ALGS Split 2 Playoffs - 1st ($300,000)
  • 2023 ALGS Split 2 Pro League - 2nd (DarkZero) & 13th (Meat Lovers) ($15,000+$3,000)*
  • Code Red: Freedom Season 2 - 5th ($3,000)
  • MACDOWN 2 - 4th ($900)

*ALGS prize money is divided based on how many game weeks you play on a roster

How might the new Spacestation Gaming Apex roster perform?

It has been a mixed start to the ALGS Pro League for Xynew, Phony and Frexs. They had a very disappointing opening weekend, and took a lot of flak for their cluttered communication.

However, they bounced back in perfect style, winning their second block of ALGS Pro League games. This leaves them currently eighth in the North America overall standings. The best 11 teams plus the Regional Finals winner will qualify for the Split 1 Playoffs.

You would expect this Spacestation Gaming Apex roster to be amongst those headed to LAN in late spring. There is huge talent on this team, with experience of winning big tournaments be it LAN or online. Their recent win should shake off any nerves, and with much improved communication you'd expect Spacestation Gaming to keep posting impressive results for the rest of the split.