Tempo Storm to purchase Dream Team's Challenger slot

by theScore Staff Nov 21 2016
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Dream Team is selling their NA Challenger Series slot to Tempo Storm, Dream Team confirmed to theScore esports in an email.

ESPN Esports's Jacob Wolf broke the story earlier today, citing unnamed sources. According to Wolf's report, Tempo purchased the NA CS seed for "roughly six figures." He also said that the team's roster and staff have yet to be finalized, but Tempo Storm have been publicly searching for Challenger Series coaches and managers as early as Nov. 8.

Dream Team's owner Neil Bhasin told theScore that the deal included only the Challenger slot, and did not cover any existing contracts. According to Riot's contract database, the only player contracted to the org at the time of the sale was Cody "Massacre" Sun.

Org founder and owner, Hearthstone pro Andrey "Reynad" Yanyuk, has previously spoken publicly about trying to buy a LCS spot from Team Impulse and Renegades, but Renegades's slot ultimately went to EnVyUs while Impulse's spot eventually went to Phoenix1.

Dream Team entered the Challenger scene in January, signing the roster which formerly played as Astral Authority. But, the team placed fifth in the spring season, forcing them to defend their slot in the open qualifiers. They wound up defeating Arsenal 3-0 to re-qualify for the summer season where they came in fourth in the regular season and 3-4th in the playoffs.

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Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Dream Team purchased Astral Authority's NA CS team in January. In fact, Dream Team signed that roster, and did not purchase the slot. theScore esports regrets the error.