However, not many were expecting a player of Clayster’s calibre to be dropped, especially so soon after a championship win.
The now three-time world champion was reported to be the one to leave the squad and he later confirmed this decision on Twitter.
Restricted F/A for CDL 2021 Season— Empire Clayster (@Clayster) September 1, 2020
Clayster was humble in his announcement as he shared nothing but praise for his team and the entire Team Envy organisation.
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He then went on to blame himself for the decision and express his disappointment about being dropped:
“Only can blame myself for not doing more to secure my spot and the league for making this decision.
Pretty heartbroken with how things turned out, got about 24 hours of happiness before I got thrown back into the blender, but that's the story of my career.”
Despite his mostly positive attitude towards the situation, Clayster couldn’t help but feel anger at being forced out the roster for a buyout straight after winning the biggest tournament of the year.
I totally understand a numbers/biz standpoint, but it feels really cold to me to win a World Championship for a team and have them force my team option so they can sell me for a buyout instead of letting me walk for free. I know Stro doesn't want that, but man investors stink :/— Empire Clayster (@Clayster) September 1, 2020
Team Envy owner, Mark “Hastr0” Rufail, tried explaining the decision to Clayster from an investor’s perspective.
The two had a slight back-and-forth exchange on Twitter but it seems there is no bad blood between the two parties.
Can’t blame anyone who invests over $500,000 into you for 1 year and wants to recoup some of that. Like I said, that’s like buying a house and being expected to give it away for free just because you move out. It doesn’t work like that. Not sure how anyone could argue that.— Mike Rufail (@hastr0) September 1, 2020
Clayster can now be signed by any organisation under his restricted free agency. With his stock high, we would expect Clayster to find his way onto another squad for the coming CDL season.
The veteran’s future will surely be confirmed in the coming weeks as Rostermania kicks into gear and teams chop and change ahead of the next season.
With the sheer amount of obstacles Clayster has overcome in his Call of Duty career, it would be unsurprising to see him back on a winning roster and potentially earning himself a fourth championship ring.