Following their failure to qualify for Contenders Season One, Tempo Storm has decided to conduct try-outs for various roles on the team. The first to leave Tempo's active roster is Jkw, who made his transition from tank to Lucio for Tempo Storm in March.
The changes to the roster perhaps provide an opportunity for new coaching addition roflgator to build a system from scratch, but it is as yet unknown how significant the overall roster changes will be.
Jkw was known from his days in compLexity, forming the core of the coL roster which stretched back before release. Though he was originally picked up by Tempo Storm for his Reinhardt prowess, Jkw quickly transitioned his skills over to Lucio.
The roster had mediocre performances to begin their time together, placing 2nd in Haste with a win over CLG but bombing out of PIT Championship, OMM: April, and Rivalcade Rumble. They appeared to find new life after adding perennial free agent TwoEasy to the mix, however, and rebounded with a spring in their step.
In their first tournament with TwoEasy, the Overwatch Monthly Melee: May, Tempo Storm beat out LG Evil and EnVision, also taking maps from Liquid, ARC 6, and Selfless to make each best-of-three a close series. They went into Contenders feeling positive about their chances, qualifying over Kelvin and the Chipmunks after losing to Immortals.
Tempo Storm were unlucky enough to be placed in Immortals’ group again for Contenders Season Zero alongside ARC 6 and new blood FNRGFE. Speaking to Jkw, he felt that their group was the hardest in the tournament, but the players were still unhappy with their play. “We still didn’t play how we know we could,” he said, describing their results as “poor performance”.
I am no longer apart of the active @Tempo_Storm OW team. I will be looking for opportunities elsewhere. DM's open & RT's are appreciated!— Joey Wavering (@Jkw512) 5 July 2017
Looking towards the future, Jkw is looking to carry on his new role of shotcalling Lucio but remains open to offers of coach or analyst positions. Despite his past profinity for tanks, he claims he has no desire to return to main tank for a team. Jkw remains contracted to Tempo Storm but is able to look for other offers.
While Jkw searches for a new team, Tempo Storm will be furiously trialling players before their appointment in the BEAT Invitational in only two days’ time. Their first match in the upper bracket sees Tempo face Rogue, and Jkw may not be the only player shuffled in the near future. According to coach roflgator, Swedish Luddee will be stepping into Jkw's shoes for BEAT. That’s one tough trial.
The incomplete roster for Tempo Storm is now:
- Erik "TwoEasy" van Hoorn (DPS)
- Jonathan "DreamKazper" Sanchez (DPS)
- Tanner "TiG" Spanu (Flex)
- Adam "Beasthalo" Denton (Tank)
- Nicholas "Cosi" Beltran (Support)
- Robert "Roflgator" Malecki (Coach)