Just days after their 4th place finished at Finland’s biggest ever Overwatch tournament, Helsinki REDS announced the release of 3 of their longstanding players including team captain Roope ‘Ruape’ Kurkela.
The Helsinki REDS brand was brought to life by the HIFK Ice Hockey team at the GameXpo Exhibition in Helsinki last November with the announcement of their venture into Overwatch. This team would go on to claim victories such as the Lantrek 2017 BYOC Overwatch tournament and placing runners up at both Assembly Winter 2017 and Vectorama 2017.
Despite some decent performances domestically, it is clear that the organisation are not in the position they wanted to be at this stage with the team. Helsinki REDS have struggled to make their mark internationally and at the top of Finland. The team had missed out on the OW Contenders qualification slots and didn’t make it to the eSM Finnish Championship finals.
With this in mind, the organisation has decided to make changes with team manager Christer Kasurinen stating that they haven’t seen the progression they had been hoping for.
The REDS have released BBR, prettyWise and Ruape along with keeping new signing Kryma as well as long standing members Woomera and Exceed in the team.
Helsinki REDS haven’t yet released any information regarding who will replace these players however speculation throughout the scene suggests that it could be the trio left on the current Alfa Squad line up who are without an organisation or a full roster. Alfa Squad had however suggested that they were not going to any longer be a full-Finnish roster and had discussed the option of changing communications in game from Finnish to English. Time will tell how this situation plays out.
Current Helsinki REDS lineup:
Eemeli ‘Woomera‘ Ikonen
Jani ‘Exceed‘ Kosonen
Kaapo ‘Kryma‘ Laine
Ruape and prettyWise have announced their Free
Updates on this situation to follow in the coming days.