Jonji steps down from Bad News Bears
The 22-year-old is leaving the active roster after their elimination from DreamHack Open September.
The move comes after a dismal end to the team's DreamHack Open September campaign, which ended in heartbreaking fashion after the team conceded two large leads — 10-5 on Overpass, 15-6 on Inferno — to TeamOne in their Group A decider match.
Despite winning Fragadelphia 15 over Party Astronauts just two weeks ago, the team's elimination from DreamHack Open September and earlier group stage exit from the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown qualifier have now led to Jonji taking his leave, stating that he was holding the roster back from finding success.
"Like most people have said I was holding that roster back probably and am going to step down for the foreseeable future," the Canadian rifler said after the loss. "I want to put my energy and faith into a project I feel it is reciprocated."
Jonji's departure comes at an untimely moment for Bad News Bears, who are slated to play in IEM Fall North America in ten days. Due to rosters for the event already being locked, the team will need to utilize coach Nathan "madcow" Retterath, thereby incurring a 20% penalty to their Regional Major Ranking points — leaving them with 456.
Should they still manage to place in the top five, Bad News Bears will earn a spot at the PGL Major in Stockholm; however, with their coach in tow, the odds for the organization-less team outplacing the likes of Liquid, FURIA, 00Nation, EXTREMUM and Extra Salt have taken a turn for the worse.
Bad News Bears have told HLTV.org that they have no intention of disbanding, and that they will hope to finalize a fifth player to fill the vacant spot on their roster after their IEM Fall campaign.
Bad News Bears are now:
Nathan "madcow" Retterath (coach)