APAC Transfer Updates - Season 9 Mid-Season

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As SiegeGG’s hub for all roster changes in the mid-season for Season 9 of the European Pro League, this page will be regularly updated with the latest transfer news. Check back here to keep up to date with all upcoming changes and you can check the EULATAM and NA for all other changes since the end of the first half of Season 9.

Summary of Changes So Far

Mindfreak - Kngz and Crescent dropped from roster, Jcz and Spruce officially join

0RGL3SS - Diesel joins, syliX becomes coach

Gentlemen in Underwear - Diesel leaves for 0RGL3SS

Lowkey Cardinal - Roster and organisation part ways

Aerowolf - Array leaves, SpeakEasy joins

Scrypt E-Sports - SpeakEasy leaves

Ferox E-Sports - Array and Xesoxs join, Zetosin and Rixx leave

Roster Changes

Feb 18th: [SEA] Array and Xesoxs Replace Zetosin and Rixx on Ferox E-Sports

Indonesian player Allessandro Billy "Array" Adi Dwiputra has followed his old teammate Reveck in moving from Aerowolf to Ferox E-Sports, albeit half the season later. Jasper "Xesoxs" Tay, also on Aerowolf for a brief while before real-life commitments had forced him to leave before playing in an official game, will also be following him. The two will be replacing Zetosin and Rixx on the Indonesia-based team.

Feb 17th: [SEA] SpeakEasy Joins Aerowolf

Matin "SpeakEasy" Yunos has been announced as the latest fifth player for Southeast Asian side Aerowolf, and the team will -- for the first time -- have every player based in Singapore. Previously either Quantic (Malaysia) or Array (Indonesia) had been the player living outside the small island.

SpeakEasy makes his move from Scrypt E-Sports, the Season 7 SEA runners-up, leaving them with a big hole to fill. One of the best fraggers in the region, Aerowolf are sure to receive a big boost with his signing, especially after there had been allegedly some internal issues with Reveck and Array.

When asked about the move, and the choice of SpeakEasy, and the current Aerowolf roster, team captain Glen "Lunarmetal" Suryasaputra had the following to say:

The lineup I had pictured roughly a year ago was this one with Hysterix, Ysaera, Mentalist and Speakeasy, but without me on the roster. I would've preferred to be coaching by now but circumstances haven't allowed me to. SpeakEasy was an obvious choice; he looked to be the most consistent player in any lineup he played and was consistent across every season, which is exactly the kind of player we needed.

SpeakEasy's signing will also mark the end of a significant period of volatility in the Aerowolf roster which started some ways back prior to the start of Season 8, when Quantic had been dropped in favour of Array. At the end of Season 8, Reveck had left, and Xesoxs and SPirited had both joined before Xesoxs had been forced to step down due to personal circumstances. SPirited had then filled in for a few games -- first as the team's fifth, then during Lunarmetal's medical absence, and finaly when Array was benched -- and MentalistC had then been drafted straight in for the Six Invitational Qualifier APAC LAN.

On the back foot after their upset map loss to Ferox E-Sports, Aerowolf will be hoping this change will be able to propel them to victory against Xavier Esports at the end of the season to secure the first seed at the ensuing APAC LAN. Scrypt E-Sports, on the other hand, will be looking for a new fifth player.

Feb 15th: [ANZ] Jcz and Spruce Join Mindfreak

After dropping Kngz and Crescent from the team, and then proceeding to trial Jcz and Spruce in the Summer Series, the latter two have been confirmed as official members of the Australian squad.

Feb 11th: [SEA] Array Leaves Aerowolf

Aerowolf's Indonesian player Allessandro Billy "Array" Adi Dwiputra has left the roster after one-and-a-half seasons with the team. The move comes as not much of a surprise as he had been benched for the final Southeast Asian Pro League play day game against Team DAD1 just a week after Aerowolf had suffered their first-ever loss in the regular Pro League.

His departure comes after "a lot of disagreement (sic) between us due to different viewpoints regarding the game", but he made sure to thank the team for the opportunities given which involved going to three APAC LAN events. He had, however, already been to an APAC LAN prior to being signed by Aerowolf -- in Season 7, with Scrypt E-Sports. Interestingly, Array's reasoning for his departure is very similar to why Warren "Reveck" Lim had left the team prior to Season 9 as well.

Array will now be looking for a new team, and Aerowolf now have the dilemma whether to integrate their substitue SPirited into the main lineup or look for a new fifth. It is not entirely impossible that Array will return to his old side prior to the resumption of Season 9, with Singaporean Matin "SpeakEasy" Yunos possibly moving the other way to join his countrymen on Aerowolf.

Feb 4th: [ANZ] Lowkey Cardinal Roster and Organisation Part Ways

The Lowkey Cardinal roster and the organisation have parted ways.

The split seems to have been organisation-initiated, and was primarily performance motivated. Lowkey Cardinal finished the first half of the season in sixth place, just one point above Gentlemen in Underwear who are in the drop zone alongside Mindfreak in eighth. The team only won one map so far, drew two others, and lost five across a run of eight maps.

The team will also, curiously, not be actively looking for an organisation and has essentially told organisations to steer clear until after the end of the season in late-March, presumably due to issues with the "team direction".

Feb 1st: [ANZ] DieseL Joins 0RGL3SS, syliX Becomes Coach

The ex-Athletico Esports squad, now known as 0RGL3SS, has welcomed Kyle "Diesel" Renton from Gentlemen in Underwear to the team. Making way for him will be Vinnie "syliX" Tam, who will now become the second coach for a team alongside Bharath "FluxxSukesh.

The moves comes after a comparatively tougher first half of Season 9 for the team, where they finished in provisional first, but only a point ahead of regional rivals and APAC titans Fnatic, who have two maps across one game in hand. Fnatic, for their part, have not played the game to get to parity with the rest of the league (except Gentlement in Underwear) as the team has been bootcamping in London prior to this week.

On the other hand, syliX's move to coach does not come as a complete surprise after rumours had cropped up more than a few times prior. The speculation was significantly large after the Six Major Paris APAC Qualifiers LAN saw syliX suffer from a poor performance, and intensified just last month when the former Dark Sided player Fletcher "Fletch" Hickling filled in for syliX during the online ANZ Six Invitational 2019 Qualifiers.

Speaking to Fluxx, we got a fuller picture of the reasoning behind the move.

After a few trial scrims with Diesel, we all unanimously agreed that he fit in with our team and everyone got along very well. He's a knowledgable player and his playstyle meshed with ours, so we're happy to welcome him aboard the Orgless roster. Diesel brings his explosive supportive play to the lineup and it's exactly what we were looking for in a player.

Sylix has an amazing mind for this game and it's astounding what he finds in his own time. His work in the past as a player is invaluable and we wish to further utilise his skills in a coach position alongside myself. We believe that the move to pick up Diesel accompanied with moving Sylix to coach, will help us keep up our form from our last Pro League match, furthermore into the season.

The team has evidently chosen to go with Diesel instead, despite a decent performance from Fletch that saw his team qualify for the offline LAN Qualifier -- although Fletch did not play there, and syliX did instead.

The Gentlemen in Underwear now lose a key player that had been no doubt a vital part of their team, but -- barring a search for another player -- are presumably going to continue with the remaining five members of CrudeDinoStryderRippy, and Rolphy. 0RGL3SS, on the other hand, now have a roster consisting of EthanEmoRin, Derpeh, pre-Season 9 pick up JoeyG, Diesel, and have Fluxx and syliX as coaches.

Feb 1st: [ANZ] Kngz and Crescent Dropped From Mindfreak

Connor "Kngz" Wickham has been dropped from the Mindfreak roster yet again, almost an entire year on from the first time in 2018. The captain and in-game leader has parted ways after a terrible first-half of the season where his team went winless from eight maps across four games.

Kngz had first been on the old Mindfreak roster until prior to Season 7 of the Pro League, and had gone to the 2018 Six Invitational where he was part of the team that made history when they became the first APAC team to win a series against an international team. Soon after, though, he had been dropped and NeophyteR had joined the team three weeks later.

Following that, he had joined SYF Gaming as a player for the Season 7 Pro League before a departure saw him join up with a few other pros looking for a new team to play in Season 8 of the Challenger League. Then named TBD, they sucessfully achieved promotion to the Pro League for Season 9 and were soon signed by Mindfreak who re-entered the Rainbow Six scene after their old roster had been bought out by Fnatic.

Also leaving the team is Jye "Crescent" White. While little information was given about his departure too, it is presumably also related to the team's Season 9 performance so far.

Mindfreak will now be looking for a fourth and fifth player to complement the remaining trio of WardenCursedwings, and Shadeydays, and will be eyeing other teams' players as well as pros currently without a team. With just three points in the season so far, and no wins, they have a long road ahead of them if they want to escape the relegation zone.

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