As FIFA 19 nears release organizations and professionals are making decisions that will affect their season. Big players are still unsigned while others have already made their moves. So let’s take a look at the big stories in the FIFA 19 Transfer Window.
Gorilla Leaves FaZe
Previous world champion Spencer ‘Gorilla’ Ealing has left FaZe Clan by ‘mutual consent’. Only a year after moving there from UNILAD esports. Under FaZe Clan he hasn’t quite reached the heights of previous years. It wasn’t a bad year by any means. A top 4 spot in the Xbox Playoffs followed by a quarter-final place at the FIFA eWorld Cup. But it was an all-together muted year from one of the biggest players in the game.
Gorilla has spoken about his departure from FaZe stating that their “visions[…] weren’t fully aligned.” What those visions were are unclear but what is certain is that Gorilla won’t be a free agent for long. His record is second to none and he looks to have the fire in this belly for FIFA 19.
I'm so ready for FIFA 19, want to get back to the old Gorilla and start dominating at tournaments again!
— Spencer (@Huge_Gorilla26) September 15, 2018
Changes at VFL Bochum
Bochum has moved quickly this year – both Michael “Megabit” Bittner and Nraseck have parted ways with the club. It’s not immediately clear who benefits more from this but seeing as both were released this looks like a decision taken by VFL Bochum.
They have moved quickly to sign their replacements plus one more. Joining are relative unknowns Daniel Fink, Jan-Luca Bass and Alexander Steinmetz. Fink is the most decorated player having finished in the Top 6 of the Virtuelle Bundesliga 2 of the last 3 years.
Megabit has landed on his feet with a move to Werder Bremen. Michael “Megabit” Bittner was many peoples pick for last year’s FeWC after winning the Xbox Playoffs and while he performed well on Day 1 the pressure of the occasion got to him as he slumped out in the last 16. A move to Werder Bremen, who also have Mohamed ‘MoAubameyang’ Harkous on the roster, looks a good move. A formidable pairing for the FIFA eClub World Cup.
Nsraceck is currently unsigned and looking for a club and after a respectable FeWC finishing 8th he won’t be short of suitors.
Nawid “GoalMachine21” Noorzai Leaves TeamBundled#
Canadian born Nawid Noorzi has left TeamBundled this one has come as no surprise. It was long rumoured leading up to the FeWC. There is no word yet on where GoalMachine21 will end up. He is actively looking for a team and as one of Canada’s sole representatives in the sport, we’re sure he will find a home.
Hashtag United Change Strategy
August ‘Agge’ Rosenmeier and Ivan ‘BorasLegend’ Lapanje are feeling the cold after being dropped by HashTag United. Hashtag want to refocus their efforts and have players on their roster that are based in the UK. They want to work with them on content and synergize them with the overall business something they felt wasn’t possible with the Nordic based Agge and Boras.
Agge and Boras represented Hashtag United at this year’s FeWC and Agge lifted the EIWC title in Paris this year. Both are rightfully regarded as legends in the game and should find themselves clubs if they decide to sign again.
For Hashtag United they still have Harry Hesketh on the books and well there is a certain Spencer looking for a club.
Have a word with your boss
— Spencer (@Huge_Gorilla26) September 16, 2018
So what do you make of the moves in the transfer window? Do you think Spencer will sign before the pro season starts and is his destination Hashtag United? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.