Two days after the #JönköpingMajor concluded, Cristian #Guerra Guerra, the team’s head coach, and Zachary #Nyx Thomas, an assistant coach, have left #Mirage. According to Guerra himself, neither was thought to be a “good match” for the group, and they mutually decided to separate ways.
Meanwhile, just under three weeks after adding #CoPaHiPo of Team Northeption and former Nora-Rengo star player Toya #Papilia Miyazawa, REJECT’s lineup appears to be breaking up.
This comes after today’s LFT (Looking for Team) posts from Masahiro #Candy Minagi, Tadanari #tadaNiki Uezato, and Toya solty Kojima.
The Mirage Situation
The actions come after Mirage’s best-ever NAL stage in 1.5 years, during which the team placed fourth and qualified for the Jönköping Major. Before this, Mirage had only been able to finish third in Stage 1 of the 2021 season and was unable to compete in a Six Major because the Six Invitational 2021 was moved to May.
Mirage had placed seventh, sixth, tenth, and tenth in the NAL between the two top-four finishes.
The team only scored four points at the Jönköping Major, despite finishing in the top four in the NAL. As a result, it placed last in Group D, trailing only Dire Wolves and the quarterfinalists Wolves Esports and FaZe Clan.
With these early adjustments, Mirage is probably planning a strong showing in the Six Invitational 2023 qualification. The change is probably going to offer their new coaches more time to instill their own ideals in the team in order to get them ready for the qualifying and the 2023 season.
REJECT Rejects Its Squad
Solty was the first one to tweet a message, which translated from Japanese meant, “REJECT is disbanding and all existing members are seeking for a team.”
The division follows REJECT’s 2023 Japan League relegation when they failed to retain their position in the competition following a 1-2 loss to Team Northeption, the very team CoPaHiPo had just left.
What will happen to the team’s APAC North license is currently unknown. REJECT will have the choice to either recruit a brand-new team to compete in 2023 or sell the league license to another group. If neither choice is successful, REJECT’s APAC North license will be returned to Ubisoft.
There hasn’t been a formal announcement from the REJECT organization yet.
In Stage 3, REJECT performed well in APAC North, in contrast to their performance in the Japan League. The Japanese squad ultimately came in second place, one point behind SANDBOX Gaming, and one point short of qualifying for the Jönköping Major.
The group had improved during the 2022 campaign, rising from an eighth-place Stage 1 finish to fifth place Stage 2 and third place Stage 3 finishes.