Talespin leaves Team EnVyUs

by Josh Bury Nov 16 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment

Ronnie "Talespin" DuPree has left Team EnVyUs, the organization announced in a video Wednesday.

According to the most recent episode of EnVyUs's weekly video news program The Blueprint, the DPS player left the roster "to pursue opportunities outside of gaming." However, Talespin later tweeted that he was leaving because he was not happy with the team, and planned to continue playing professional Overwatch.

"I absolutely did treat this as a job and, while you don't need to like the people you work with, you need to feel like everyone is doing their part," he said in a Twitlonger.

"To be honest, in their own way, I believe most of the team was doing what they considered to be their best way of improving and handling practice, but I guess I just had a different mindset of what that should be. So in the end I didn't feel like I belonged and would be happier stepping down."

The departure leaves nV in a tough position as they look to find a replacement for their upcoming OGN Overwatch APEX quarterfinals match against Rogue on Nov. 21. Finding a replacement who can travel to Korea to play with the team on LAN in that short a time period could present a challenge.

It’s possible that the team could temporarily fill the DPS hole with support Jonathan "HarryHook" Tejedor, as finding a stand-in support on short notice would likely be easier.

Talespin, a former Team Fortress 2 professional, is widely regarded as one of the strongest DPS players in North America. While paired with fellow DPS Timo “Taimou” Kettunen on EnVyUs, Talespin’s broad skillset, which encompasses heroes like Tracer and Mei, has typically allowed Taimou to focus on hitscan heroes like McCree. Talespin is also known for his strong performances on Pharah when the hero was popular in the competitive meta.

During Talespin’s time with EnVyUs, they have become a dominant force in North America. In international tournaments, however, they have yet to take a premier event over European rivals Rogue and Misfits. At the OGN APEX quarterfinals draw this morning, Rogue called out a challenge to EnVyUs, choosing the NA squad as their next opponent over Afreeca Freecs Blue. It may be difficult for nV to step up to Rogue with a roster change so soon before the match.

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.