jk steps down from compLexity Gaming

by Dennis Gonzales Nov 7 2016
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Justin "jk" Rosselle has stepped down from compLexity Gaming's Dota 2 roster due to stress and interpersonal issues, the team announced on Sunday.

“Over the past two months the coL.Dota team has been training and competing in a large amount of events," the team's manager Kyle Bautista said in the team's statement. "Weeks upon weeks of practice and matches naturally lead to stress in players and teams.

"Unfortunately in this case, despite efforts to alleviate stress and remedy interpersonal issues, Justin has expressed that he no longer wishes to continue in his position as a player for our team."

News of the roster change first broke during the ESL One Genting 2017 Americas Qualifier Finals between coL and Team NP. coL lost the first two games, after which they decided to swap out jk for Jaron "monkeys-forever" Clinton in Game 3, claiming jk had connectivity issues. However, coL also lost Game 3 to lose the series.

“Finally we would like to say sorry. Sorry to Team NP, to ESL, our fans and the viewers of tonight’s match,” Bautista said. “Respect for competition is one the pillars upon which the compLexity organization was built. Despite it being the only option available to us, swapping to a substitute mid-match is something that impacted the quality of the competition, and for that we appologize.”

This brings coL's roster down to four players and forces them to find an appropriate substitute player for The Boston Major. According to Valve's Major registration website, "teams that qualify for a Major event will be able to issue a Substitute Player invite to any one player not participating in the Major once the qualifiers for that Major are done."

jk has only been with the roster since Sept. 17 and was part of the team during their qualification to The Boston Major, where they defeated Infamous 2-1 in the Losers’ Final of the Americas Qualifier.

Ahead of the Major on Dec. 3-10, coL will also compete in the Northern Arena BEAT Invitational, which kicks off in three days, taking place on Nov. 10-13, and will require a stand-in for that event as well.

Here’s what coL’s roster currently looks like:

  • Mihai "canceL^^" Antonio
  • David "Moo" Hull
  • Zakari "Zfreek" Freedman
  • Kyle "melonzz" Freedman

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oraclea P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest. You can follow him on Twitter.