Envyus have announced that they will replace Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey for the LDLC White transferred Timothée 'DEVIL' Démolon for an undisclosed fee.
EnVyUs have been in a recent slump as of rumors that the team has been struggling to work together internally. The French team have just won the Global eSports Cup Finals since lifting the DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca title in early November. Now the 21-year-old Timothée 'DEVIL' Démolon from LDLC White will fill in the shoes of Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey as the team looks towards the MLG Columbus Major in Ohio.
This is the third change the team faces after receiving Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub for Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux and adding veteran experience in the coaching position with Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez taking the helm. The recent changes hope to help criticize the rumors about the players not motivated to win due to the conditions the players are under with each other.
At the beginning of the year, EnVyUs brought in Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez as a coach to improve their tactical strategies; however, the team has still only finished 3rd-4th at the StarSeries Finals, fifth at ESL Expo Barcelona and 11-12th at IEM Katowice. With a disappointing Katowice campaign, the French man have turned to their fellow friends at LDLC White.
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt recently hinted that some of the players on the team were not performing at their best, heads turned towards Fiey, who had a sub 1.0 rating at all offline events in 2016 with EnVyUs.
In a statement, Fiey admitted that internal issues had made it impossible for him to show his true colours and insisted that he is not yet done with competitive gaming.
"This is the end of an adventure, my time as a player in EnVyUs is over," Fiey told EnVyUs' website. "I am leaving this team with mainly good memories who are going to stay forever as the many big trophies we won as a team.
"I insist on part 'as a team' because if I am here today it is mainly because the team was not acting as one anymore. Our cohesion had become really bad, the communication between players became even worse, we had basically lost our souls.
"I personally found it really hard to work in those conditions and could not make it through, my point of view is that I cannot work that many hours with people you cannot communicate with properly or who do not entirely respect you.
"So there it is, even after everything that happened, I still wish them a good future, and maybe they will get the boost they need by bringing a new player.
"The way I performed in the last few months was not the real me, I will come back to my highest level where I was feeling comfortable and I will bounce back stronger than ever."
With Fiey's exit, EnVyUs turns to their French friends at LDLC with the new addition, Timothée 'DEVIL' Démolon, who recently burst into the competitive scene in January 2015, would sign an undisclosed fee deal with EnVyUs. Démolon was the reining MVP of Assembly Winter 2016, also taking home the title by beating the newly formed ENCE in the grand final. Although Démolon has only played in few major tournaments, he has played well after joining Platinium eSports and LDLC White in just one year averaging a 1.34 rating at the PGL Europe Minor Championship, in Bucharest, despite being sent home after only two matches.
"Today is a great day for me, I join one of the best teams in the world," he said. "I still have not realised how lucky I am because this is the team that makes French people dream.
"I will do anything to be at the level of my new teammates and to bring them things that they perhaps lacked.
"I would like to thank my former teammates for giving me the chance to play alongside them for over a year and for becoming great friends with whom I shared wonderful times.
"I would also like to thank some people without whom this would not have been possible, Team LDLC (MoMaN, Marty, Llo, Geekory), and also EnVyUs for giving me this opportunity. I will give everything to live up to expectations."
-Timothée 'DEVIL' Démolon
— Timothée Demolon (@nV_DEVIL) March 8, 2016
The new lineup will debut tomorrow on the 9th of March, facing French-rivals G2.Esports in ESL Pro League.
With the most recent changes, the roster stands:
Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt
Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer
Kenny "kennyS" Schrub
Dan "apEX" Madesclaire
Timothée "DEVIL" Démolon
Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez (coach)