17 November 2016 - 18:00

EnVyUs heading into OGN Overwatch Apex down one DPS player

The North American team’s skilled Pharah player announced his departure on Wednesday.
Overwatch Staff Reporter
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Team EnVyUs is down one DPS player as the squad readies for the quarterfinals of South Korea’s premier Overwatch tournament.

The announcement came Nov. 16 , just days before the OGN Overwatch Apex quarterfinals , during the EnVyUs’ organization’s weekly news show The Blueprint. There, series host Kat Gunn reported Ronnie “Talespin” DuPree’s exit from the team, citing “opportunities outside of gaming” for his departure.

In a post to TwitLonger, Talespin disputed that claim: He’s not quitting Overwatch. “Long story short, I wasn’t happy being on the team,” Talespin wrote. “There’s a lot of things that added up to that, but unfortunately most of that will have to remain private.”

Talespin praised much of the EnVyUs lineup?—?Dennis “INTERNETHULK” Hawelka, Sebastian “chipshajen” Widlund, Jonathan “HarryHook” Tejedor Rua, and Christian “cocco” Jonsson?—?as well as the organization’s management. The DPS player had few words for fellow DPS Timo “Taimou” Kettunen, sparking speculation regarding a problematic relationship between the two.

“I felt like the effort I put into the team wasn’t being matched by certain people,” Talespin wrote. “I also had issues with some irresponsible behavior that happened fairly often.”

Team EnVyUs, on the other hand, is left looking for a “suitable DPS replacement for Korea and beyond.” And they’re going to have to move quickly; the team faces Rouge in South Korea on Monday, Nov. 21. Unofficially, the team’s got a stand-in, HarryHook told Dot Esports, however, there’re going to have to swap roles to make it work, and he didn’t go into any further details about the player.

EnVyUs’ last match in the OGN Overwatch Apex was Oct. 21, when the team lost to South Korea’s Lunatic-Hai. Talespin is adamant, however, that he did not step down due to a few loses: “Dealing with losses is part of the job,” he wrote. “Honestly, even during our slump we were still doing very well in the grand scheme of things.”

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