Misfits will replace AWPer Shahzeeb “ShahZaM” Khan in the coming days, according to multiple sources close to the player and team.
As Misfits begins to prepare for the North American PGL Minor, the team recently tried out Caio “zqk” Fonseca. Misfits already had to employ Skyler “Relyks” Weaver for the event with in-game leader Sean Gares getting married on the same weekend.
After leaving OpTic last April, ShahZaM joined Echo Fox. But the roster never lived up to its potential and performed poorly on LAN. The team then disbanded in early December and ShahZaM joined Team SoloMid for a month along with Gares, his teammate on Echo Fox. After a public spat between Gares and TSM owner Andy “Reginald” Dinh, TSM released the players, who later joined Misfits. ShahZaM has often been referred to as an exceptional LAN performer, but he’s had limited opportunities to display it since he left OpTic.
Misfits’ best recent performance was a semifinal finish at DreamHack Tours last month after adding French players François “AmaNEk” Delauney and David “devoduvek” Dobrosavljevic. The team has spent a majority of the year overshadowed by other North American teams after failing to qualify for DreamHack Austin and IEM Oakland.
UPDATE (2:29 p.m. ET): When reached for comment, Misfits CEO Ben Spoont said: “We have decided to bench Shahzam for the Minor due to his inability to commit to coming to the gaming house. We have decided it is in the best interest of the team to have someone present, which will yield the most productive bootcamp possible as we focus on this important event.”