Following rumours of an eventual split, esports org TSM FTX finally confirmed that they had mutually parted ways with superstar Matthew "Wardell" Yu, as the 23-year-old decided not to relocate to Texas to continue competing.
The announcement was made via social media on 23rd March, with TSM promising to fans that Valorant remains an "incredibly important" part of the org. In a follow-up tweet, they revealed Wardell's desire not to relocate was the main cause for both the org and player to mutually part ways.
Wardell rejects move to Texas, leaves TSM
Ever since switching from CS:GO to Valorant, Wardell had been a staple of TSM's efforts in the North American scene.
Showing initial promise by winning events such as the FaZe Clan Invitational and coming second at First Strike NA, TSM would eventually become a perennial disappointment in the region.
The official TSM FTX Twitter account posted a message following the departure of Wardell.
"Matt has been an important part of TSM from the beginning, and we wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors," the tweet added.
Today, we mutually parted ways with @WARDELL416.— TSM FTX (@TSM) March 23, 2022
He's decided not to move to Texas with the rest of the team and has therefore chosen to step down.
Matt has been an important part of TSM from the beginning, and we wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors. pic.twitter.com/6NUheMRtWi
Wardell showed appreciation for the organisation, commenting: "Thanks for pulling me out the gutter and giving me a brand new life, won't ever forget that."
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2021 was a disastrous year for the TSM group, as they failed to perform at Challenger events, missing out on every single offline Valorant event. Their performances dipped to a point where they didn't even earn a spot for the Valorant Champions Last Chance Qualifier.
TSM FTX Valorant roster
TSM is continuing to rebuild its Valorant roster after yet another massive disappointing by missing out on the North America Stage 1 Challenger's main event to kick-off 2022.
With the departure of Wardell, TSM's active roster is composed by:
- Yassine "Subroza" Taoufik
- Aleko "Aleko" Gabuniya
- Corey "corey" Nigra
- Daniel "Rossy" Abedrabbo
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Featured image courtesy of TSM FTX.