oBo steps down from Complexity
The 17-year-old has decided to bench himself in what appears to be a last-minute snap decision. According to Lake, oBo had originally told the team that he would return to the United States following the conclusion of the ESL Pro League playoffs, slated to run from September 29-October 4, but earlier on Tuesday the youngster was already at an airport to go back home.
"Over the player break, oBo expressed reservations about returning to Europe," the Complexity CEO shared in a press conference on his stream. "He ultimately decided to return [to the United States] approximately 24 hours ago, and he informed the team he'd be returning to the US at the conclusion of the EPL playoffs."
"Yesterday we were sorting out the best way forward from there. Very early this morning, London time, he informed the team that he was at the airport and that he was returning home."
Lake went on to share that Complexity will attempt to find oBo a new team, based in North America. Meanwhile, they have already begun their search for a replacement for the American, which the organization hopes will be "the absolute best player available." However, the CEO admitted that buyouts are "a bit ridiculous," stressing that the organization will "not be extorted by teams trying to capitalize on this situation."
The decision has caused Complexity to substitute oBo with the team's coach, Jamie "keita" Hall, in the DreamHack Open Fall closed qualifier. There, the adjusted lineup has since lost their first match in the double-elimination bracket, to Portuguese side SAW, and is set to face SJ in the lower bracket.
It appears that Complexity might not be able to lock down a permanent replacement in time for the ESL Pro League Season 12 playoffs next week, with Lake saying that the team might have to use an emergency substitute in the league's bracket stage.
Complexity now have:
Jamie "keita" Hall (coach)
Owen "oBo" Schlatter (benched)