Team SoloMid’s (TSM) professional Fortnite roster lost two players today with the release of Kyle “Herrions” Trusley and Cloud.
We wish them nothing but the best. Thank you for everything. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Py3TCwUAJ3
— TSM (@TSM) January 4, 2020
The popular esports organization made the decision official today on Twitter. TSM has not specified its reasons for releasing Herrions and Cloud. Since joining Team SoloMid in July of 2019, Herrions performed remarkably well in nearly all major tournaments. Although he turned in a paltry 97th place finish at the Fortnite World Cup, he rallied back over the following months. Herrions and his trio teammates of Jammyz and Tristan Hipp took fifth at Season X FNCS Grand Finals. The former TSM member followed that up with a fourth-place finish at the Chapter 2 Season 1 Finals of the FNCS. Herrions performed when it mattered, but TSM cut ties regardless.
Cloud and Herrions Now Free Agents
Thank you for everything, it was an amazing experience representing TSM https://t.co/yfScr0Md5w
— Cloud (@TSM_Clouds) January 4, 2020
Cloud took to Twitter shortly after the surprising announcement, thanking TSM for welcoming him. The young 16-year-old joined in December 2018 as part of Team SoloMid’s Junior Squad, which included Slappie, Josh “Commandment” Roach and Wintrrz. Cloud was one of the longest-tenured TSM members alongside the popular streamers Ali “Myth” Kabbani, Darryle “Hamlinz” Hamlin, Daequan “Daequan” Loco.
Despite not qualifying for the Fortnite World Cup, Cloud exits TSM as the 30th ranked NA East player in the world, according to the Fortnite Esports Wiki Power Rankings. Some notable placements of his in 2019 include a 10th place finish at the Season X Finals and a 13th place finish at the Chapter 2 Season 1 Finals. Cloud’s last tournament as a member of Team SoloMid was the Winter Royale 2019, where he took third place on day three with Zander “Thwifo” Kim of Ghost Gaming.
Super grateful to have had this opportunity and experience. I’ve learned so much and I’m excited to see what the future holds. Thank you @TSM @leena_xu @TSMScales @not_cougar for everything and all the support. https://t.co/pj7iFMAZ1f
— Herrions (@TSM_Herrions) January 4, 2020
It’s unfortunate to see TSM release such prolific competitive Fortnite players. The steady success of Herrions and Cloud seemed promising enough in the current state of competitive Fortnite. Since March of 2019, Team SoloMid has cut bait with nine Fortnite players, including Herrions and Cloud. If the past is any indication, we may never know precisely why TSM parted ways with these two players. Team SoloMid's content-heavy approach to Fortnite may have influenced their ultimate decision. Whatever the case may be, Herrions and Cloud possess excellent track records. That should put them on the radar of other top professional Fortnite organizations.
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