Last Thursday the French site Flickshot.fr
revealed that Team LDLC had chose to move Valentin "mistou" Balbastro from the starting roster, in order to replace him with Timothée "DEVIL" Démolon. The organization later personally published the news via Twitter
, along with more information about the move.
The reason behind the move was a lack of performance, since the team went out in the group stage during Copenhagen Games 2017 and the European minor. The last time the team performed during a tournament was at DreamHack Leipzig, where they got a semifinal-run against FlipSid3 Tactics.
"Our goals are very ambitious and recent results have sometimes been disappointing, although we have done great performances in EPL and haven’t been ridiculous at the Minor. But not to mention results, we felt we needed a change to allow us to go one step further. Mistou gave a lot to the team and he allowed us to move forward and we can thank him for that, but he missed a little something… I hope he finds it in the future! Now the road continues with Devil. It’s a player who showed a lot of strength, I hope we will do a good job together to allow him to explode. Here we go again", teamcaptain Kévin "Ex6Ten"‘ Droolans said in a statement.
Since Démolon was forced to leave Team EnVyUs, he has played alongside a fully French lineup under the name MAXISAUCISSE. Together they won Gamers Assembly 2017 and Geek Days 2017, but never found an organization to represent.
Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans
Antoine "to1nou" Pirard
Alex "ALEX" McMeekin
Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez
Timothée "DEVIL" Démolon
Valentin "mistou" Balbastro (Backup)
Julien "Krav" Hernandez (Coach)
The European team participated in the closed DreamHack Valencia qualifier with their new fifth the other night, reaching the grand final before losing to Swedish Red Reserve.