Blacklist Rivalry, after two consecutive disappointing tours, finally made its first major move on Saturday night.
The Tier One-backed squad announced through its social media accounts that it has let go of veteran support Nico “Eyyou” Barcelon.
“Today we say thank you and farewell to our support and captain, Nico “Eyyou” Barcelon,” opened Blacklist Rivalry’s statement.
“Entering a new esports title always comes with multiple tough decisions, and in the beginning, we wanted to try to field the best possible full-Filipino roster we could to represent Blacklist in the Dota 2 scene,” the statement continued.
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Blacklist Rivalry said that the team’s underwhelming campaign the first two tours of the Dota Pro Circuit prompted them to make changes in the roster.
“After two tries and failing to make the Majors, a change was needed for our roster to take things in a new direction. After discussions with the team and management, we have decided that this will be our best way to move forward,” the team said.
Blacklist Rivalry failed to make it to the Lima Major during the first tour before missing the Berlin Major after another disappointing campaign in the second leg.
The team wished Eyyou well and thanked their fans for their never-ending support.
“We are committed to trying to qualify for TI and will be making further announcements on our roster soon. We wish Eyyou the best in the next step of his career. Thank you for your support, Agents.”