By: Zachary Lange
Ahead of participating in the open bracket at DreamHack Austin from June 1-3, eUnited has made several changes to the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) roster.
Due to age requirements involving player participation, Jaden “Vegas” James will be moved to a substitute role with eUnited for the 2018 PUBG Global Invitational (PGI) which began online qualifications May 24. In addition, Tony “TonyV” Vargas has been released.
“Our decision to move on from TonyV was not an easy one,” said coach Timothy “Caymus” Kimbirk. “This change stems from our desire to be the strongest team possible and that means putting together a group of players who share the most chemistry. Tony is an extremely skilled player, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Both newcomers began playing PUBG competitively by acting mostly as a substitute for other teams. Most recently, Microfry participated under the OpTic Gaming banner as a substitute, while Kaisuko was a full time player for Team EnVyUs.
“I think my playstyle will fit well with them since I am more of an entry fragger,” Mircofry said. “Just try to flank and be in front to get the first knock or trade and I think that’s what the team really needs. They need a hard fragger that will help them win fights.”
The addition of two players with an ability to kill opposing players will fit into eUnited’s playbook, as the team has been working on playing in a more combative fashion while also being cognizant of their surroundings. In the past, Kaisuko has been the in-game leader, a role that Jimmur currently has with eUnited.
“I like be aggressive, but not overly aggressive, Kaisuko said. “I am definitely comfortable with just sitting back and fragging if that’s what is needed from me.”
While the bring your own computer open bracket at DreamHack Austin featuring a prize pool of $100,000 will be a formidable challenge, GICE felt that the new roster is up to the task of qualifying.
“I would like to see us take our play to the next level,” GICE said. “We've shown some decent success so far and the ability to get ourselves in winning positions. I am confident with this squad that we will be able to close out and achieve our goal of placing well at the tournament.”
On site coverage of DreamHack Austin featuring both eUnited Counter Strike and eUnited PUBG can be found on eunited.gg and all social media platforms.