Soon after it was announced that Team SoloMid has released its turbulent CS:GO roster, reports surfaced that the roster signed on to play for Misfits, a new organization most famous for its superb Overwatch roster, ranked No. 3 in the world at the moment, and a quick expansion into various other games following the news that one of the most well-known NBA clubs, Miami HEAT, has invested into the eSports organization. Note that the investment by HEAT does not involve majority ownership, unlike Team Liquid and Team Dignitas, which had their majority stake sold to NBA teams’ co-owners.
Misfits seem to have a team in every major eSports except for Dota 2 at the moment. They will play in the EU LCS, the have a world-class Overwatch team, they expanded into Hearthstone and Smash Bros. Now, they have a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster. Sean “sgares” Gares, Russel “Twistzz” David Van Dulken, Skyler “Relyks” Weaver, Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan, and Hunter “SicK” Mims are not what you would call the strongest players in the region by no means. Their best selling point seems to be that they have qualified for the ESL Pro League Season 5 while on TSM, with the invitation transferred to Misfits at the request of Team SoloMid.
The team hasn’t really played together all that much, who knows if it will actually works. Depending on how much cash Miami HEAT are prepared to pay, Misfits could have bought a much stronger roster. Of course, their new partners might not have wished to go balls to the wall until they got their feet wet in the scene. Or they might actually adapt a hands off approach to the whole thing. It’s hard to say.
One more thing—sgares talked shit about his employer a week after it was made public that he has a new boss. That is completely unprofessional behaviour. While he can certainly act as a great in-game leader, let’s just say that he’s no Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev in fragging ability and leave it at that. Yes, the dude is very popular, he can be a great asset to the organization he plays for if it’s trying to get better sponsors, because his fanbase is very big. However, as TSM found out, he’s also not above leaking chat logs and bending the truth for sympathy. At least that is what it looks like from following the story. Who knows, maybe sgares is being truthful, maybe he’s not, maybe the truth is somewhere beyond. We will never know, but the fact stands that the former TSM roster, for better or worse, are playing under the banner of Misfits now. Hopefully, it goes much better than it has on Team SoloMid. For an org not even a year old, they are certainly making their name known.