We've only been in the Rocket League scene for a short time and it has been nothing but welcoming. Express and Shadey wanted to make this change moving into 2018 because they believe it is the best way forward for the team. Today we're welcoming Dumbo into the organisation with high hopes and they've already been kicking goals (sorry!) in the Gfinity Australia pre-season.
As of recent, we’ve been rather quiet regarding the on-going changes to our Heroes of the Storm roster but today we’re finally at a point where we can tell you what’s going on. You might already know that shortly after BlizzCon this year, the roster said goodbye to Ashley 'Demise' Branson and Robert 'Robadobah' Purling as they follow their own paths.
Today ViewSonic.Dark Sided say goodbye to our amazing shot-caller Hayden 'Sashin' Kang as he looks for other opportunities heading into the 2018 HGC season. ViewSonic.Dark Sided will also be parting ways with the roster’s captain and support player Jeremy 'Moops' Setio as he retires from competitive Heroes of the Storm.
Moops and Sashin have been the heart and soul of the team since the signing of Morton’s List and was a major contributing factor towards our partnership with the team. Under their guidance, the team was able steadily rise from a 3rd place finish in season 2, 2nd place finish in season 3, to finally fulfill their year long goal of winning the season 4 LAN final in Sydney. Crowned as the best in the region, the team earned the sole ANZ qualifying spot to compete at BlizzCon 2017.
After much thought, I have come to the difficult conclusion to step down from the active roster of the ViewSonic Dark Sided Heroes of the Storm team. Over the last year the success we’ve managed to achieve as a team has been nothing short of incredible. The cinderella story that was the Dark Sided HotS team will forever go down as some of the best moments in my life.
When we first signed with DS, I promised them that we’d represent them at an international event and I wouldn’t stop until we achieved it. It’s no secret that these results didn’t come immediately, but I cannot be more grateful to DS for the unwavering trust and support through all the highs and the lows, and I’m proud to finally be able to say say that we managed to fulfil that promise and go from Pleb2Pro™. Now that the 2017 HGC has come to a close, I believe it is the perfect time for me to end this chapter of my life and start a new one.
For the future, I’ve decided to take a step back from HotS to pursue other opportunities within esports. My hunger to conquer new challenges has led me on a different path to that of my teammates and as difficult as parting with what was a year long project is for me, continuing down this path without my full efforts would be unfair on my teammates.
A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout our rise this last year, none of our success would have been achievable without you. It has been a roller coaster of a year and I have met some truly inspirational people along the way. While I may no longer be a the captain of your favourite HotS team, I hope you will continue to support my future venture in esports. Stay tuned O.O (eyes emoji).
Jeremy 'Moops' Setio - Retiree
This leaves ViewSonic.Dark Sided in a rather tough position and ultimately we’ve decided to disband our Heroes of the Storm division for the time being. Josh 'Hacky' Hackett and Daniel 'Morton' Morton have decided to stay with ViewSonic.Dark Sided and rebuild a roster for 2018.
This has been a real tough experience, not only for the players but myself as well. Everyone is so close and they don’t want to disappoint each other but they also have their own dreams, aspirations and goals so coming to terms with parting ways would always be tough.
The feats that Moops and the rest of the Heroes of the Storm roster have accomplished in such a short time has been incredible to watch. Before signing Morton’s List I had relatively no idea about the competitive side of Heroes of the Storm and while getting to know the team and spending time playing the game with them, I can appreciate all the hard work they’ve put in as a team. I’m incredibly proud of Sashin, Moops, Rob, Hacky, Morty and Demise and I hope we remain friends regardless of where their competitive HotS careers take them.
It goes without saying that the loss of Moops is quite the blow to the team not only as a player in game but as a role model out of game. Pair that with losing Demise and Rob and it starts to tell of quite a tough situation. With that said, I have confidence that Hacky and Morty will rise to the challenge and rebuild a strong roster as a result. In my mind, these boys will always have a place in Dark Sided no matter which path he chooses to follow in 2018 and we wish them all the best moving forward.
Steve Andreou - Dark Sided Co-Owner
First and foremost we’d like to congratulate the team on a 3rd place finish in Perth at the WPGI League Season 3 LAN Finals. The girls played their hearts out against Control Esports but were not the victors on the day, losing in a close overtime situation on the Mirage.
Unfortunately, now that the 3rd season of the WPGI League has concluded, the girls have decided to disband the current roster. This decision came about with Linhdt, Jsmai and Thaoiiees looking to take a short break from competitive Counter Strike. With this we sadly say goodbye to Bunny and Dashie who’ve chosen to look into other opportunities to continue playing Counter Strike during the WPGI off-season.
I couldn’t be more proud of how the girls this season, they faced quite a few trials this season in one form or another and to their credit, they persevered and managed to take out 3rd place at the tournament. It was great to be able to watch them do their thing and see how they interacted with the wider female CS community on the day. With that said, I’d like to thank the players each individually for their efforts this season.
Linhdt, I think that it's amazing that you've become quite the prominent figure both internally at Dark Sided through supporting other players and externally in the community for being a fierce competitor. Thanks again for all your hard work this year. It goes without saying that it's great having you a part of Dark Sided and I look forward to seeing you play again after your break.
Dashie, thanks for coming into the roster and helping out the org. We were put in a really tough spot and you really saved us while. Hopefully you enjoyed your time with Dark Sided, I know you were a bit skeptical about joining an org so hopefully we weren't too bad. It would be great to work with you again in the future so hopefully our paths cross again sooner rather than later.
Jsmai, Thank you for all the hard work you've put in this year during both WPGI seasons you competed in. You always go above and beyond when it comes to representing Dark Sided and we really can't thank you enough. Enjoy your overseas travels on your break!
Bunny, it was a pleasure working with you during your time at Dark Sided. You were presented with some really tough choices during the season and I was really impressed when you showed great maturity and professionalism in the way you went about making those choices. I wish you good luck and all the best with the rest of your Counter Strike career.
Thaoiiees, Thank you very much for being a part of the team this season, I heard that you were not so keen on playing in the league and that you committed a lot of your own time just to help out the team. Personally I think this is a super admirable and I hope that it wasn't too bad in the end. Good luck with your streaming adventures!
Steve Andreou - Dark Sided Co-Owner
ViewSonic.Dark Sided would like to thank the WPGI and GroundZero teams for their tireless work to put on the event and think that after some growing pains that the WPGI League has been a really positive influence on the Australian CSGO community. We’re extremely proud to say that we supported a great team that participated in two seasons of the WPGI League in 2017 and hope to continue doing so in 2018.
Dark Sided as a brand, has had an interest in investing into the Rocket League community for almost 1 year now. It’s one of the most entertaining esports titles I’ve seen, and after seeing the live PAX crowd in 2016, I fell in love with the community. We’ve been orchestrating our entrance into the space for quite some time, and I’m ecstatic that this opportunity final arose. I can’t wait to facilitate and enhance their performance in-game - and I have no doubt you’ll be seeing ViewSonic Dark Sided at RLCS next year.
Matt Westphal - Dark Sided CEO
We're really excited to be given the opportunity to join the Dark Sided organisation and cant wait to see what the future holds for the team.
Jonathan 'Express' Slade - Rocket League
The official ViewSonic.DarkSided Rocket League roster is as follows:
We've super excited to finally announce our newest brand partnership with audio revolutionisers Sennheiser! Sennheiser are committed to delivering highly optimised sound and build quailty to their customers in the music, home entertainment and esports industry alike and we're very excited to be a part of that drive.
At ViewSonic Dark Sided, we place a high value on selecting partners that not only want to support our teams, but share our vision for the future of competitive gaming. By partnering with Sennheiser, not only can we help their brand establish a foothold in Australian Esports, but also secure ViewSonic Dark Sided an audio partner that is eager to work with our players on creating opportunities that meet their stringent standards.
We’re excited to have Sennheiser join our family of sponsors and look forward to consulting with them to create new and exciting opportunities for our players. It's extremely apparent why their products are highly valued by professionals world-wise, and we couldn't be more excited to bring that to our players