boltz set to replace felps on SK
João "felps" Vasconcellos is on his way out of SK Gaming's active roster, being replaced by Immortals' Ricardo "boltz" Prass, HLTV.org has learned.
João "felps" Vasconcellos, the newest member of the team, is on the brink of leaving SK as tension between players boiled over following a series of mixed results, which cost the Brazilian giants their No.1 spot in the ranking.
The 20-year-old has been part of SK since February, when he joined the team from Immortals. After an initial period in which he struggled to find his place in the team, felps helped SK to win five tournaments between April and July, including the ECS Season 3 Finals and ESL One Cologne.
But then a quarter-final exit at PGL Major Krakow marked the beginning of a dramatic period for the Brazilians, who would fail to reach the final at their next four events. The final straw came at ELEAGUE Premier, where SK finished third of their group following back-to-back defeats against Heroic.
Ricardo "boltz" Prass has been part of Immortals since the North American organisation signed Tempo Storm's roster, in June 2016. While playing under Immortals, the team won DreamHack Summer 2016 and iBUYPOWER Masters 2016, but their biggest achievement came this Summer, when they finished runners-up to Gambit at PGL Major Krakow - a campaign which did not prevent the roster from falling apart as Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe was released because of disciplinary problems, while Henrique "HEN1" Teles and Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles were moved to the bench.
boltz is understood to have already joined up with the rest of the SK squad as negotiations between the two organisations are ongoing. It is likely that the 20-year-old will make his first appearance for SK next week, at EPICENTER, which will run from October 23-29.
HLTV.org has reached out to ELEAGUE for clarification on whether boltz, who has already played for Immortals in the North American closed qualifier for the Americas Minor, would be allowed to compete for SK at the upcoming Major. If not, that would force the Brazilian giants to attend field a stand-in at a Major for the second time, after they competed at the ELEAGUE Major Atlanta with Ricardo "fox" Pacheco as a stand-in.
With these changes, SK will have the following roster:
Note: An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated that felps was no longer in SK's gaming house. A source close to the team has confirmed to HLTV.org that the player is still in the house.