New Identity duo join forces with Swole Patrol
Swole Patrol were left with two players, Braxton "swag" Pierce and Jason "neptune" Tran, after a lacklustre ESL Pro League Season 10 Americas campaign that saw them finish last in their group. The ex-Singularity roster fared no better during their own first group stage effort, but were offered a second opportunity to compete after Complexity were deemed ineligible to play after changes to their roster.
Although Singularity came second to ATK in their second group stage appearance, both them and Swole Patrol were among a number of teams removed from ESL Pro League at the start of the year after the tournament organizer condensed the overall number of teams in the league from 48 to 24. Not long after, the Singularity organization announced that they would release their North American roster, leaving the team to compete under the New Identity tag.
Prior to their release, Relyks and company had been competing with Shahzeb "ShahZaM" Khan, Hunter "SicK" Mims, and Kaleb "moose" Jayne as stand-ins for a handful of qualifiers and WINNERS League Season 3 Invite, with all three players having since gone in their own separate directions. Swole Patrol, meanwhile, had added Jake "kaboose" McDonald and enlisted the help of Yassine "Subroza" Taoufik and Matthew "WARDELL" Yu in their own WINNERS League Season 3 Invite effort, with the Canadian duo having since departed to form Orgless alongside former Riot Squad in-game leader Pujan "FNS" Mehta.
With both teams needing new players, Relyks and seb have elected to join forces with the remaining Swole Patrol trio, leaving Michael "dapr" Gulino and Will "dazzLe" Loafman as the only remaining members on the New Identity ESEA roster. Alongside Relyks and seb, former Singularity manager Jeremy "Jeremy9000" Gray will also be brought on board.
For now, HLTV.org knows that swag and company will play under the tag of Swole Identity while they decide upon an official name for their squad. The team intends to play in the current season of ESEA MDL, and have received an invite to compete in the FLASHPOINT North America closed qualifer, which will run from February 14-16 with two spots at the global LAN qualifier on offer.
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