Misfits sign ex-TSM CS:GO roster, acquire EPL spot

by Daniel Rosen Jan 14 2017
Thumbnail image courtesy of Misfits / Miami Heat

Misfits have signed Team SoloMid's former CS:GO roster, the organization announced Saturday.

Related: TSM part ways with sgares following release of player-signed open letter

TSM released the roster earlier today, following weeks of conflict between the organization and former player Sean "sgares" Gares. Misfits have acquired the five players, as well as TSM's spot in the upcoming season of the ESL Pro League.

"I want to thank Ben and the entire Misfits organization for trusting in me and providing the five of us with a new home," sgares said in a press release. "Our new agreements with Misfits not only provide us with great support - we have also used the opportunity to work with Misfits to address and improve key industry issues that all players currently face. Our contracts with Misfits set new standards for players' protection and rights in areas like personal sponsorships, unreasonable benching procedures, and of course how our league participation is decided."

Misfits have been steadily expanding over the past year. The organization began as a League of Legends team, and has since added a Heroes of the Storm team, an Overwatch team, Hearthstone players and Super Smash Bros. players. Misfits recently entered an agreement with the Miami Heat that will see the NBA team handle promotion and marketing for the esports organization.

Related: Misfits owner and Miami Heat exec open up about their partnership and what both teams bring to the table

In a press release published earlier today, TSM stated that their relations with their CS:GO players had broken down over the past few weeks, as the players still wanted to play with sgares and voted against playing in a league run by the Professional eSports Association when given a choice between PEA and EPL.

ESL has released an official ruling regarding the roster’s EPL spot, stating that Misfits have also been given a spot in Season 5 of the EPL, per TSM's request. ESL ruled that in order to keep the spot, Misfits must use a majority lineup for their first 14 matches in the upcoming season.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.