Just days after announcing its pick-up of a second Overwatch roster, a North America based one, Luminosity has removed two players from its European squad, Luminosity Loyal. The two squads had been dubbed Loyal and Evil, the European and North American squads respectively.
Vytis ‘Mineral’ Lasaitis and Arthur ‘EISSFELDT’ Marx will no longer be a part of the Luminosity brand as of March 8. Since the Loyal roster formed, results have not been up to par and had already seen roster changes. However, it seems previous moves were not enough. A 7-8th place finish in the February Alienware Monthly Melee would topple the already leaning roster.
The team is currently competing in the Carbon Series and will be trying out players in its next matches. Luminosity Loyal currently has a record of 1-5.
Current LG Loyal Overwatch roster:
- Alexandre ‘SPREE’ Vanhomwegen
- Bastien ‘SuperPlouk’ Klau
- Toni ‘Ube’ Hälki
- Mikaël ‘Hidan’ Da Silva
Mineral took to TwitLonger to give insight into his time with the team and his current situation. He discusses the potential of coaching but also that of content creation as a Journalism graduate.
First of all, I'd like to preface this by thanking Luminosity Gaming and LG owner Steve for all the opportunities. After a lot of work, my dream of being a professional gamer finally came to fruition last summer, and it was a joy to represent the organization online and at the LAN events we managed to qualify for.
There have been a lot of questions regarding my departure from the team, so I'd like to quickly address that as well. It was evident to everyone that we were in a lengthy slump, despite qualifying and finishing third in the Overwatch Winter Premiere. Unfortunately, despite having sufficient talent, we simply couldn't gel in game. Issues weren't being resolved, and any time a professional team with as much talent starts regressing heavily, it's only reasonable to explore changes in an attempt to salvage the situation. No one was happy, and the unanimous consensus within the team was that changes had to be made, one way or another. There's no hard feelings, as I completely understand the decisions and genuinely believe all parties involved, myself included, will be better off for it. I consider all my former teammates friends who I enjoyed working with, and I wish them and LG the best of luck moving forward. They certainly have the talent to excel.
As for my own future, it's still up in the air. The only thing I know for certain is that I love this game, and I want to remain within Overwatch and be an active member of the community. Whether that entails joining another team, or being involved in other ways, remains to be seen. Regardless, I'm keeping all doors open.
I certainly believe that I'm still capable of playing at the highest level and bring a lot to the table. Competing is something I truly enjoy. However, other opportunities and challenges intrigue me as well.
Coaching is something I've considered exploring, especially since I've received overwhelming support from respected players who I've briefly coached or played with before. I know I have a knack for the job and can bring plenty in the analytical department, and I do believe the scene could use more experienced and competent support staff.
I'm also very keen to be involved in content creation and/or broadcast production. As a journalism graduate with over four years of experience in the field, paired with my high-level knowledge of the game, I'd love to contribute in any media department. At my core, I still identify myself as a journalist, and I feel there is still plenty of unexplored terrain within content creation as it pertains to Overwatch.
The last couple of months have been incredibly stressful, as I had to return to Europe due to a family emergency. Practicing and playing on a different time zone while dealing with personal issues has taken a toll, so I'm going to take a little time off to catch my breath. However, I'm planning on launching a YouTube channel in the near future, as I have plenty of content ideas I'd love to see materialize. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time, but simply didn't have the time to, and it's something I hope to be able to work on even if I end up finding another full-time gig with a team. I already have some offers, but I'm going to take my time to make sure I make the correct decision for my future.
Finally, I just want to extend my gratitude to those who have reached out with their support. I truly appreciate it, and I'm lucky to have good people in my corner.
- Vytis "Mineral" Lasaitis