Aaron "erho" Kappes has decided to take a break from the Heroes competitive scene — at least for the summer season.
In an interview with theScore esports, Erho confirmed that he would no longer fill the role of starting warrior for Tempo Storm.
"I'm off of the Heroes roster, but I'll be streaming with them for a bit. I've decided to take a break for the rest of the summer season and focus on content for the game (it's sorely needed)," he told theScore esports.
Given the nature of Erho's departure from Naventic, the warrior player headed off speculation that the move was due to team chemistry, explaining that the issue is one of personal motivation.
"I was getting burnt out from competitive, so I need some time to reignite passion with the game," he said. "There were no issues between me and the team ... so much so that [team owner Andrey 'Reynad' Yanyuk] wants to keep me around as a streamer for my break and will let me play wherever I want in terms of teams until I sign with someone else."
Erho also said he wouldn't be opposed to a return to the Tempo Storm starting lineup in the future should the team decide to make roster changes. He couldn't comment on his possible replacement, except to say that he knew the team was trying out candidates.
On Tempo Storm's ESL team page, the change log shows the recent addition of Ed "TigerJK" Hong and Donald "Scylol" Dobbin. Scylol played warrior for COGnitive Gaming before he was removed in January. TigerJK has been on a number of teams but is not known primarily for warrior play.
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