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DeKay: TSM, remaining CSGO roster part ways; players will look to join Sean Gares on new team

TSM CloudTemplar MSI
Korean League of Legends caster Lee "CloudTemplar" Hyun-woo offered some strong criticism for Team SoloMid and the North American region while recapping the Mid-Season Invitational group stage.

Team SoloMid and its remaining professional Counter-Strike roster will part ways, according to sources close to the team. The four remaining players will look to re-join Sean Gares on another organization in the near future.

TSM added Gares and Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan last month to seemingly form its roster heading into the new year with Hunter “SicK” Mims, Skyler “Relyks” Weaver and Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken. But Gares was released only a few weeks later after a spat with owner Andy “Reginald” Dinh that stemmed from Gares’ participation in an open letter from players to the Professional Esports Association. Reginald cited the coercion of his new teammates and lack of communication for the dismissal, which left the team without an in-game leader. Following the incident, players on the team explained variously that they would stick with Gares no matter the result.

Two organizations have been mentioned as the most likely to acquire the TSM roster, according to multiple sources: Dignitas and Misfits. Both are without a Counter-Strike organization, as Dignitas’ roster recent signed with FC Copenhagen to become North. Misfits, meanwhile, made a splash this week by announcing the NBA’s Miami Heat had acquired a stake in the organization as well as signing professional Super Smash Bros player Larry Lurr.

TSM is still interested in fielding a Counter-Strike team and will start a search for new players, according to sources. TSM qualified for the ESL Pro League at the end of December using Pujan “FNS” Mehta and Kory “SEMPHIS” Friesen playing for Gares. It will be up to the ESL whether TSM or the players get to keep the ESL Pro League spot.

TSM did not respond to request for comment.

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