Earlier today Tonic announced he was leaving 123 on Twitter. The Russian main tank most recently competed with the team in Contenders Season One but was denied the ability to appear in the playoffs due to visa issues.

In his Twitlonger, Tonic touched on his reasons for leaving. He cited a halt in development and a belief that the team had reached its peak. Tonic also wished his team the best going forward and thanked them for his time with the team and their achievements in European Overwatch, particularly team founder Mistakes. Notably absent was any mention of the Overwatch League; potential visa difficulties have made Russian imports a less appealing option for many suitors.

Tonic was one of the original members of 123 when they first broke into the scene with an impressive run in Contenders Season Zero, where he and his teammates began to make a name for themselves. Their breakout run took them all the way to the finals where they eventually fell to eUnited. They continued their strong performances in Season One and qualified for the playoffs in third place. Tonic’s tank play received deserved praise throughout. They were robbed of their chance to compete as a full team in the LAN finals, where they were forced to use Nomy instead of Tonic. This ultimately led to their elimination in the semifinals against the eventual winners, Team Gigantti.

There has been no news on where Tonic will move to next or who will be replacing him in 123, although Contenders Season Two seems the most likely home for both parties.

The 123 roster is now:

  • Simon "snillo" Ekström (DPS)
  • Hafþór "Hafficool" Hákonarson (Flex)
  • Finnbjörn "Finnsi" Jónasson (Flex)
  • Jakob "bock1" Kleveland (Support)
  • Dennis "Dennia" Forsblom (Support)