Splyce drop Steel and flame from Overwatch team

by theScore Staff Jul 12 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of Helena Kristiansson / ESL

Splyce are dropping Joshua “Steel” Nissan and Matthew “flame” Rodriguez from their Overwatch roster and will be replacing them via open tryouts, according to a post on the team's forum.

"We appreciate their dedication and hard work in the team’s first steps. They were a pleasure to work with and we wish them the best in their future endeavors," Splyce said in the statement.

With a mix of CS and Team Fortress 2 talent, the team seemed poised to excel at a game that combined the RPG elements of one with the strategic considerations of the other, but they didn't live up to those expectations. While the team placed first at the BEAT Invitational Season 1 Last Spot Qualifier, they failed to make it past the tournament's quarterfinals. They performed with similarly poor results at the OG Invitational and the first week of the BTS Overwatch Cup, failing to win a match in either.

Steel was previously part of IBUYPOWER's CS:GO team, but the entire team was permanently banned from Valve events after facing accusations of match-fixing. He will remain a part of Splyce as a featured streamer.

flame previously played Team Fortress 2 for a number of teams, including Evil Geniuses in 2010, before making the jump to Overwatch. He was the team's flex player.

Both players were part of the roster before it was purchased by Splyce in July, back when it was called "Fine, I'll go McCree."

Those interested in applying for the tryouts can apply here. Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in scrimmage practice sessions.

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