Immortals sign Shroomed

by Dennis Gonzales Dec 22 2016
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Immortals have added former Winterfox Melee player DaJuan "Shroomed" Jefferson McDaniel to their Super Smash Bros. roster, the org announced Thursday.

"Shroomed isn’t only a skilled competitor, but also a player that consistently reflects the IMT commitment to holistic performance," IMT founder Noah Whinston said in a release. "DaJuan’s focus on mental and physical wellness as keys to competitive performance made him an easy choice as Immortals’ SSBM representative."

Shroomed was picked up Winterfox on July 16, 2015, and was the organization's first Smash player. He took a fourth-place finish at Smash 'N' Splash 2, eliminating Edgard "n0ne" L. Sheleby and Weston "Westballz" Dennis along the way, and finished Top 8 at Smash Summit 3 and Top 12 at EVO 2016.

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Shroomed announced he was leaving Winterfox on Dec. 8., though Winterfox founder Brian Cordry said that the parting was amicable and that Shroomed was looking for other opportunities.

"Just for some more context, there's absolutely no bad blood here!" Cordry wrote in a Reddit thread. "As best as I can understand, DaJuan is looking for more exposure from a brand with more infrastructure — totally understandable for a player of his caliber. We're still a smaller org compared to some of the big names that have popped up in the past year or so."

Shroomed joins Immortals alongside SSB for Wii U player Jason "ANTi" Bates, who was signed Sept. 13.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the IMT roster and becoming part of an organization with such passion and dedication for esports," Shroomed said in a statement release. "I’m looking forward to my journey with the IMT team.”

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oraclea P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest. You can follow him on Twitter.