When a player leaves a team, it’s usually because of one of two reasons. Either the team is hopelessly losing and the player who leaves is blamed for it, or the team is doing okay, but there is massive drama between some of the players. Apparently, a third option is also possible. What is it? The team is ranked first in the world but a player leaves because of differing views on practice and how seriously the game should be taken. In the middle of one of the biggest events in the history of the game as an eSport. That is precisely the situation in which EnVyUs find themselves prior to the Playoffs of Overwatch APEX, after one of their cornerstones, Ronnie “Talespin” DuPree, left the team.
Explaining his decision in a Twitlonger post, Tailspin said: “If I had to offer up a (vague) explanation for leaving it would be that I felt like the effort I put into the team wasn't being matched by certain people. For example, it was very difficult staying motivated when you're sitting there for hours going over maps and strategy and you realize you've been talking to yourself and maybe one or two others chiming in occasionally while everyone else is "listening". I also had some issues with a some irresponsible behavior that happened fairly often but I won't go into that. Needless to say, traveling 5k miles to stay in another country for weeks while dealing with issues like these on a daily basis can lead to being burned out twice as fast and it got to the point where it felt like it wouldn't change and I had to make a decision for myself. Maybe it was unrealistic for me to expect every player to match my level of effort but at this level of competition I felt like it was what we needed to do and we weren't. As I said before there were a lot of other things that added up to this decision but this was the heart of it.”
While Tailspin’s reasons for leaving the team are not revealed in a detailed manner, they are understandable nonetheless. Leaving when you feel like Tailspin did is understandable. However. What is unforgivable is leaving in the middle of a tournament like Overwatch APEX. As one of the best teams in the world, EnVyUs stood a good chance of making it deep in the playoffs at the time of Tailspin’s leaving. Now? Now nV will have to get a substitute player. He will probably be worse or at least not as coordinated as Tailspin would be, resulting in a worse performance. Playing against Rogue in the Quarterfinals and (likely) Lunatic-Hai in the Semis if they get that far, EnVyUs needed to be as strong as possible. Shooting the team you spent so much time playing with in the foot like that is a despicable decision. Unless Tailspin was actually removed. Then, the management would seem to be… misguided at best.
Watching Timo “Taimou” Kettunen’s stream after the announcement hit, it was revealed by the player that Tailspin actually left several days before and a sub was on the way. If we can trust his coy teasing, the player shouldn’t be from Korea or from NA. Also, he hasn’t played in Overwatch APEX. The team should announce who the mystery saviour is on the 21st of November.
All in all, leaving your team hanging like Tailspin did, in the middle of a tournament, is not cool. Of course, we don’t know the behind the scenes details of the whole thing, the player might have had a very good reason for what he did, however, it doesn’t seem so at all. This could actually hurt his career a fair bit. Who would risk hiring a player, who just packs up and leaves without first going through the matches his team has to play?
Finally, Rogue made waves yesterday by picking EnVyUs as their Overwatch APEX Quarterfinals opponent. It seemed like an extremely confident and even cocky move. Now, knowing that the highest ranked team in the world will have to play with a sub, the move suddenly loses a lot of its pizzazz. The Rogue sharks probably just smelled blood in the water and went for the throat.