Froyotech will not be going to i61
Froyotech will not be going to i61 this summer. A couple members of the team are uninterested in attending, and in a domino-like fashion others have similarly lost interest. So instead of repeating the mistakes of forcing an inferior version of our team to compete like we did at i58, we have decided to sit out the tournament. That said, I am still interested in going myself. It would be a shame to break my streak of 5 I-series summer LANs in a row. Towards that goal, I have pursued the possibility of building a viable NA pug team out of the remaining top invite players, but things fell apart on that front as well. Now my options for attending are either as a ringer for another team or just going solo without expecting to compete at all. If any high level teams need a ringer for the event, feel free to reach out to me and maybe we can make something work. Either way, I'm sure i61 will be a great event so I hope our absence doesn't discourage others from going.
Another unfortunate consequence of us not going to LAN is that garbuglio is stepping down as our pocket soldier. He joined our team with the expectation of attending LANs with our team, starting with i61, so the loss of the LAN was a big blow to his motivation. From the very beginning, he was crystal clear about his conditions for playing this season so his decision is a fair one. For the remainder of the season our starting pocket soldier will be botmode, who we feel is the strongest possible replacement we could have gotten. Our goal is still to win ESEA-I S25. After that, who knows, but I do have all intentions of taking a full froyotech team to Rewind LAN should it happen again next year.
If you have any other questions about the situation, feel free to reach out to me on my stream. Thanks.