Semphis comments on Splyce departure
Kory "Semphis" Friesen of ex-Splyce has released a video commenting on his time with Splyce, and the circumstances under which the team and organization parted ways.
Going back to early 2017, Semphis noted that it was Ronnie "ryx" Bylicki who wanted Dutchman Joey "CRUC1AL" Steusel out of the team, to which the organization acquiesced due to the in-game performance of the two players.
Fast forwarding to after Splyce had re-secured a spot in ESL Pro League, the team was told they would be able to buy out two players heading into the new season (after the departures of ryx and Arya "arya" Hekmat). When this did not come to pass, the team brought in David "DAVEY" Stafford and Mitch "mitch" Semago.
This lack of follow through on promises by the organization is a theme that repeats itself throughout the video, with Semphis alleging that the team were promised bootcamps that did not happen, and paid late on several occasions.
After parting ways with mitch, the team looked at several options, including Ricardo "Rickeh" Mulholland, Kenneth "koosta" Suen, Yassine "Subroza" Taofik, Tsevetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov, and others. While some of the players wanted to join and others outright refused, again the organization opted not to buy a player out.
Instead, they ended up adding Zack "XotiC" Elshani, a player that Semphis believes is too inexperienced to compete at the Pro League level currently. In fact, the team wanted to replace XotiC 1.5 months before the action came to pass, though the organization again did not opt to bring Rickeh aboard.
Semphis reserved most of his criticism for the fact that the organization did not notify the players they would be dropped until 24 hours before their final ESL Pro League match against Cloud9. This led to the team being unable to use Rickeh in those maps, instead playing with coach Zach "Eley" Stauffer. While a 2-0 would have seen them safely through to Season 8, their eventual 1-1 sent them to Leicester to play Relegation — which they would wind up navigating successfully.
You can watch the full video below: