The League of Legends offseason has brought us countless roster changes over the past couple of weeks. Lost in the whirlwind of LoL players switching teams, one might forget that rosters change in other games as well. The news about the CS:GO division of Splyce acquiring a couple of players to fill out their five man roster served as a good wakeup call from the LoL roster swap delirium. Who are the two players signed up to play for Splyce? Ronnie “ryx” Bylicki and Tayler “Drone” Johnson.
With the addition of two new players, the Splyce roster is now complete. Arya “arya” Hekmat should continue in his role as captain of the team of Asger “AcilioN” Larsen, Joey “CRUC1AL” Steusel, ryx, and Drone. To be honest, the team hasn’t been very good, even for an NA organization. Of course, when the region is represented by teams like Cloud9, Team Liquid, Immortals, SK Gaming, and even OpTic Gaming, it’s not that easy to achieve the title of one of the best teams in the region. Even if it’s still easier than it would be if Splyce competed in Europe.
As for the players who joined… ryx is a 23 year old player from the United States, who’s played in teams of various strength, including Tempo Storm, Sponsorless, Conquest, compLexity, Torqued, and Echo Fox, prior to joining Splyce since March 31st, 2015. Following Echo Fox announcing that their players are free to talk to other orgs, ryx, Daniel “roca” Gustaferri, and Shazeb “ShahZaM” Khan left, with ryx being the only one of the tree to find a team to play for.
Drone, on the other hand, is even younger than ryx, and less experienced playing on teams which can claim to not be obscure orgs nobody knows. Starting his pro career in 2015 as well, Drone played on SinisterGG, Nexus eSports, WinOut.net, Ex-Astral Authority, Tectonic, and Team Prospects, not really finding any success. While signing ryx makes a bit of sense if Splyce wants to try and get better, getting Drone into their roster is a little bit more… puzzling. Of course, it’s entirely possible that Drone will turn out to be a big talent, who will carry the team with some nurturing, but more than likely, it’s a bit of a pipe dream. It has to be said, however, that Splyce doesn’t have the possibility of losing at Major tournaments hanging over their heads. It’s exactly opposite to that, they don’t have much to lose. In a situation like this, taking risks and giving chances to talented amateurs might be exactly the right strategy.