Team SoloMid releases Call of Duty roster, says game is 'not a good fit' for org

by theScore Staff Jul 11 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of TSM

Team SoloMid have dropped their Call of Duty roster and are finished with competitive CoD "for the time being," the organization said in a press release Monday.

TSM posted the press release in a tweet Monday afternoon, but both the tweet and the press release were taken down shortly afterwards for unknown reasons.

"While we were excited about entering the CoD scene, our time within it was closer to a trial to explore new options for expansion," the release stated. "However, our experience within the last few months have led us to find that our organization and CoD was not a good fit. As such, we will be pulling out of Call of Duty until further notice or changes."

TSM posted an updated version of the release on Thursday, removing the statement that CoD was "not a good fit," and replacing it with a more detailed statement about TSM's potential future in the game. "We are parting from our current team because of the impact of external conditions such as the contract limitations of potential talent," it said. "We will continue to closely monitor the scene, with a special eye on the upcoming CoD World Championship, to be ready when the right opportunity presents itself."

TSM was active in competitive CoD for less than six months. Three of four current members came from Rush eSports (formerly Question Mark), which TSM acquired in February shortly after they qualified for the Call of Duty World League Pro Division Stage 1. Andrew "Ivy" Ivers joined TSM as a substitute in March, replacing Jordan "Proofy" Cannon shortly thereafter.

The team's eighth-place finish in Stage 1 of the CWL just barely earned them a spot in the playoffs, where they lost to OpTic Gaming in the quarterfinal, finishing in 5th-8th place. In Stage 2, they fell short of qualifying for playoffs with a dismal 2-10 record, putting them in 11th place out of 12 at the conclusion of the regular season.

TSM's release cited the team's poor performance in CWL Stage 2 as its reasons for dismissing the roster.

"CoD was a venture that was exciting to us due to its position in eSports, and the team's motivated players were enough to convince us to give it a shot....Unfortunately, they were unable to consistently maintain that level of play, and it is a great shame that tthe team finished near the bottom of the rankings in the World League Stage 2," the release said.

It's not clear if the roster will continue to play together after parting ways with the organization. The full lineup includes:

  • Cole "ColeChan" Chancey
  • Jonathan "Pacman" Tucker
  • Jamal "Whea7s" Lee
  • Andrew "Ivy" Ivers

Last updated July 14, 2016, at 5:20 p.m.

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