Last night Spartan from eUnited Halo shared a TwitLonger stating he's benching himself for the remainder of the 2022 HaloWC season.
He claims issues with eUnited's management and his teammate, RyaNoob, stemming from a potential team change involving King Nick and FormaL before Anaheim is what motivated him to make the decision not to compete.
According to Spartan this situation created a rift within the team and impacted their performance going forward:
"Fast forward to two weeks before Anaheim, just days before the roster lock. I get a random text from Nick at 3 AM asking why we're trying to drop him. I'm like... what are you talking about? Come to find out Ryan is trying to have him dropped for Formal. eU management is going along with it as well.
I lost full. I couldn't believe such a big change was being done without my knowledge and without my permission. I was baffled. I basically told everyone involved that they were all unbelievable. We just finished 2nd at a major tournament and we were making strides and two weeks before an event you try to have a player replaced without my knowledge or permission? My duo, nonetheless?
Ever since then the entire dynamic of the team has taken a hit. We have little to no faith in each other, trust is out the window, our chemistry downhill, our team play, everything. It has shown. We've gone from 2nd, to 3rd, to 4th. To be honest with everything that has happened I don't even know how we got 3rd or 4th at Anaheim or Kansas City."
-Spartan, in his TwitLonger
He would go on to say that he's received offers from multiple teams after Kansas City, including a team that he wants to play for, and is also willing to buy out his contract. However Spartan says, "They [eUnited] plan on holding me until the end of my contract and not letting me go anywhere."
"After Kansas City ended, I've received offers from multiple teams. Now it would be one thing if I was just trying to up and leave the team because I wanted to leave and that was the only reason. It's not. I cannot continue to carry on and perform under such egregious circumstances. How do you expect me to perform with turmoil and the team imploding? There's no player that I could envision coming to eUnited that would make me comfortable with the team dynamic and now knowing how eUnited management is treating me + putting me in handcuffs I will not be forced to play on their accord. I play and I compete on my own accord, nobody else's. I will not be forced to continue playing with a team in a downward spiral. It's not good for mine, or anybody else's mental.
One team I would like to go to and they're even willing to buy me out but eUnited is holding me. They plan on holding me until the end of my contract and not letting me go anywhere. So there it is. I decided to put myself on the bench in order to save myself from unplayable circumstances. I want to win. I want to perform to the best of my ability. I cannot do it under these circumstances."
Spartan's decision will surely hurt eUnited's chances at placing well going forward. He's widely regarded as one of the game's best players and is a big reason why eUnited saw the initial success that they did.
Like Spartan said in his TwitLonger, the team has increasingly done worse at every tournament, and if what he claims is true regarding the team's chemistry, a change would be wise on his part.