Only a week removed from a successful weekend at the MLG World Finals in New Orleans where our Smite team finished in 3rd place and secured a spot in the MLG Smite Pro League, a number of roster changes have been being made throughout the pro team rosters, affecting us as well. While some of the circumstances around these changes have been unfortunate to both us and our remaining players, we are choosing not to look back but to focus on moving forward to securing a spot in the playoffs, and then to the Smite World Championship.
As of now, both Ryan "Aggro" Bailey and TJ "Shame" Burnam have decided to leave Aware Gaming. We wish them best of luck with their new journeys. However, we are excited to welcome Tyler "Qruxy" Partain to our pro league roster to fill the role of AD Carry! Qruxy is very highly regarded in the Xbox Smite scene as a former challenger level League of Legends player, and for helping his former team, Team Solo Queue/Vanquish be quite successful since joining the competitive Xbox scene later than most of the other teams. With this move, Tyler "Tsmall" Small will be making the move to jungler, which was his primary role before switching to AD Carry.
To fill our need in the middle, Nicholas "Yubs" Yebba will be added to our roster for our first match of the season tonight against Team Eager. Yubs has been around the Xbox Smite scene for awhile now, and is widely regarded as one of the most solid all-around players. While we haven't had enough time to make a final decision on our mid-lane position yet, we will make sure that we do everything possible to put our team in the best position to succeed moving forward.
Along with these changes, we are happy to announce that Andy "Candyman" Candiello will now fill the role of team captain! Andy has been a rock for us in the solo lane, and his performance in New Orleans was crucial in helping us be as successful as we were. While roster changes are never optimal at the last minute, we are giving our full support to the team to move forward and do whatever it takes to continue to be one of the top teams in the game.