New Org, New Roster, New Future
I want to start by saying that none of the decisions that were made were easy by any means. I have lost many nights of sleep thinking about the team and the direction we need to go to improve. I will say that I, nor my team, are content to be a "middle of the pack," decent RLCS roster with a couple LAN appearances. We are here to win championships. Period.
With that being said, I would like to thank the guys over at FlyQuest for being such an amazing organization to work with. Anyone who has the privilege to work with them will enjoy it to the fullest. To Nick Phan, I love you man. You really helped me think about myself and my situation differently and I always felt welcomed by you. A GM simply does not get better than you and I wish you nothing but success and happiness for the future. To the guys who worked with our media presence, you were very easy to work with and made all of the tedious interviews, tweets, etc. a breeze. Thank you guys for everything you have done for me and the rest of the roster. I will forever be an FQ fan.
On to why we decided to remove Prime from the roster. Again, I must repeat that this decision was not easy. I also want to say that his skill had virtually nothing to do with the decision. After RLCS, I talked with my manger (Wesker) about the season that we had. To be honest, neither of us were too thrilled about it. Sure we took a series off of C9 and were the first RLRS team to keep our spot, but we knew were capable of doing more. This is when the discussion became "What needs to change?" After hours, days, weeks of thinking and talking over what our options were, we decided that we needed to form a team based around consistency. Our defense had always plagued our performance and something needed to change if we wanted to get where we want to be. With a skill set and tenancies like Prime has, sometimes defense becomes less of a priority and a play style based on pressuring the ball and conserving/stealing boost from our opponents becomes the norm. When you start to play against teams in RLCS, you realize REALLY QUICKLY how difficult it can be to keep consistent pressure. Teams have become insanely good at defending and our previous style was not going to work. It became evident that defense needed to become a bigger priority for this roster, and with Ayyjayy and Prime having such aggressive play styles, we decided that we need to make a roster change. We attempted to mold a new style from the now former roster, but it just wasn't the same. Wesker and I decided that Prime's skills would be better used elsewhere with a team that needs more firepower up-field. At the end of the day, Ayyjayy earned his spot by showing his dedication and persistence to improve and win.
To Rogue, I am excited to start this journey with you guys. While I haven't had too many opportunities to get antiquated with you yet, I can say that I feel we are in very good hands. I will bust my ass and try my best to do good both in and out of game for you guys. Thank you for this opportunity.
To Kro, I have had so much respect for you for such a long time. It's both surreal and an honor to call you a teammate. I'm excited to win some trophies.
And lastly to Prime, I am sorry this situation played out the way it did. I still consider you a close friend and hope that you feel the same. I couldn't have done any of this without you. The past 2 years have been full of milestones, success and a whole lot of laughter. I can't thank you enough for sticking with me for so long. I wish you nothing but success moving forward. Stay focused, stay determined, stay humble and you will find success. You are an insane player and I have no doubt you will find your way back to RLCS. I will always be here for you man.
Thank you to everyone who continues to support me. It's an honor and humbling experience to be a part of such an amazing and diverse community. I've come a long way but I've still got a long way to go.