Ricky "manOFsnow" has been removed from the Detroit Renegades' Overwatch roster, the player announced in a TwitLonger posted Friday.
manOFsnow alleges that after being moved back and forth between the team's starting roster and bench, he was harassed by team members and then refused to play any games or scrims. According to manOFsnow, this led to the rest of the team voting against letting him into the team house.
manOFsnow joined Renegades earlier this month, when they signed several players from Kingdom eSports. At the time, manOFsnow was listed as a member of the starting roster, though was briefly replaced by former REUNITED player Finley "Kyb" Adlisi for scrims and some matches during the Overwatch Winter Premier. As Kyb allegedly did not want to rush into signing a contract with Renegades, manOFsnow was put back on the starting roster, which he claims led to him being blamed for their losses, eventually leading to him being kicked off the team.
Renegades went 4-3 during the first round robin of the OWP, with four straight wins in the first four days of the event. However, the team failed to pick up a single win after Day 3 of the first round robin. Renegades may have finished Round 1 of the tournament in fourth place, but they fell to sixth after taking five more losses straight in the second round robin, leaving the team to miss playoffs with a 4-8 record. manOFsnow claims that the early wins came thanks to a pre-tournament bootcamp, but poor management failed to capitalize on that momentum.
"Renegades gave the Coach and Manager full control of the team, who went on to mismanage the players and lead to the loss streak after bootcamp," manOFsnow said. "When RNG management learned of what was going on with the team they urged the players and support staff to reconsider their stance, but the team continued anyway."
According to manOFsnow, he was told that he had a limited character pool and that he was "mentally removed" from the bootcamp. While he admits he does only play two heroes at a high level, he says in the TwitLonger that he feels the second complaint was disingenuous.
"The reason I see that being valid is how I warm up for games," manOFsnow said. "I wrestled for seven years and now whenever I need to become focused I do the normal wrestler thing: put on a hoodie, pull the hood up, and listen to some loud music. There was also a complaint that I tended to go straight to my room after practice, but that was so I could privately speak to friends and loved ones."
manOFsnow claims that because certain players, specifically Jonathon "Sherlockey" Davis, have had their egos fed into by management, the team has created an environment where players are putting each other down.
"Sherlockey is a great player who had his ego stuffed too much and now he often puts others down (me, Mangachu) leading to a toxic team environment," manOFsnow said. "It is my overall hope that my old team uses this a learning experience and are able to mature and develop their professionalism."
manOFsnow's claims were corroborated by former Kingdom eSports player Alex "Ajax" Jackson, who briefly played for Renegades' roster before the Winter Premiere. Ajax claimed on reddit that manOFsnow left out certain details in his TwitLonger which would have clarified exactly how the roster was being mismanaged.
"As someone who was on the original Kingdom roster and played with them for months even after we were purchased by Renegades I know everything that happened and is still going on with that team," Ajax wrote. "Before you bring out pitchforks for manga, or sherlockey, or juv3, or kyb, I will tell you regardless of what the players have "done" or "said" that every problem COULD have been fixed with better team management. Manofsnow left a lot of details out in this TwitLonger that were done."
Renegades have yet to make an official statement regarding manOfsnow's departure.
Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.