Thomas “brussen” Brussen, off-tank player for Boston Uprising, retires from competitive Overwatch.
Thomas “brussen” Brussen retires from competitive Overwatch, six months after joining the Overwatch League with Boston Uprising.
We thank @brussenn for his contributions this season and wish him the best as he retires from competitive Overwatch.
— Boston Uprising (@BostonUprising) May 12, 2020
Brussen retires from Overwatch to play Valorant
In a TwitLonger, Brussen explains that he wants to step back from Overwatch for a while. However, he doesn’t mention the reasons behind his departure from Boston Uprising and the Overwatch League. Brussen steps away from Overwatch to take a look at his current situation, and decide what he wants to do next.
In the meanwhile, Brussen stated that he liked Valorant and will be playing Riot Games’ FPS. There is yet no information about whether or not he wants to become pro in Valorant, following the steps of Overwatch MVP Jay "sinatraa" Won.
Complicated times for Boston Uprising
If 2020 is far from being over, it didn’t start well for the Overwatch League and for Boston Uprising. Since March, the team parted ways with four players: Sang-beom "Munchkin" Byeon, Walid "Mouffin" Bassal, Gabriel "Swimmer" Levy and Brussen.
The retirement of Brussen brings Boston Uprising to a six-man roster. This situation prevents the team from any form of turnover, reduces their potential flexibility and requires more training and endurance from all the players. To the exception of Kelsey "Colourhex" Birse and Cameron "Fusions" Bosworth, who are both with Boston Uprising since 2018, all other players have no prior Overwatch League background. The lack of experience combined with fatigue might take a blow on Boston Uprising’s power rankings.
Earlier this week, Boston Uprising signed new off-tank Leyton "Punk" Gilchrist. This former Uprising Academy player will replace Brussen in the roster and form Boston’s support duo with Cameron "Fusions" Bosworth. Gilchrist will replace Brussen for the first time on May 16 against the Los Angeles Gladiators.