Ghost remove Pollo from the flock
Ghost have parted ways with Matt "Pollo" Wilson following their failure to surpass Swole Patrol in the quarterfinals of the StarSeries i-League Season 6 qualifiers, Dust2.us has learned. Pollo was the final member of the original GX roster that eventually morphed into the current Ghost lineup.
Although the exact reason for Pollo's removal is unknown, Joshua "steel" Nissan previously touched on Pollo's performance and potential when we had the chance to talk to him at ZOTAC Cup Masters Americas Finals in Santa Ana:
When we were on Torqued and we were playing together there were a lot of underlying issues in the team, but we couldn't address certain issues without addressing another one. So there would be overshadowing issues.
As we're trying to figure out all those issues, and while Pollo might have some of those issues, I basically said when we were going over to Ghost that we'll give him a chance. "Here are you issues, if you work on them you can be an asset, so here's your chance", and so far he's been doing okay, he's been getting better.
He played really well on Nuke, so for the moment there's no reason to say anything about it. We gave him a chance and he's doing his best to make sure he earns his keep.
With Pollo's removal, it appears the issues that steel outlined at ZOTAC weren't able to be resolved fast enough for the lineup to develop its potential, leaving Ghost with a four-man roster.
Ghost are now on the lookout for a replacement, with sources informing Dust2.us that the team are currently considering at least three players as a potential fifth. FYB Frenchie and recent Dignitas stand-in Anthony "gMd" Guimond is one of the notable names on the list, although a replacement has yet to be determined.
With Pollo's removal, Ghost's roster consists of:
- Matthew "Wardell" Bowman
- Yassine "Subroza" Taofik
- Joshua "steel" Nissan
- Kenneth "koosta" Suen
- James "JamezIRL" Macaulay (Coach)
Ghost are currently slated to play in MSI's MGA Playoffs, with matches kicking off on Sunday, August 11th. This gives the team two weeks to find a fifth to practice with as they are also headed to Hong Kong for ZOTAC Cup Masters Grand Finals and Sweden for DreamHack Masters Stockholm at the end of August.