As widely rumored, FC Barcelona has parted ways with Daniel “Bluey” Bluett, announcing his release today. His replacement will be Hrant “Flakes” Yakoub, who played with Complexity Gaming last season before that team was relegated to the Rocket League Rival Series (RLRS) and split.
Flakes will play alongside David “Deevo” Morrow and Aldin “Ronaky” Hodzic on a team that finished 6th in Europe last season after competing at the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) Season 7 World Championship earlier in the year.
— Barça eSports (@FCBeSports) January 17, 2020
Also as expected, Bluey has been announced as the new third for Triple Trouble, which will compete in the Rival Series. Bluey’s new teammates Euan “Tadpole” Ingram and Rix “Rix Ronday” Ronday retain their Rival Series spot from last season, when they played under Method.
Bluey’s departure not only from FC Barcelona but also the RLCS this season is a big surprise, given his continued skill as a player. He was statistically dominant in league play last season, ranked the top overall player in individual performance by Octane.gg.
However, Bluey was previously benched and later released by PSG Esports for disparaging comments about his teammates, and we have to wonder if there might have been clashes within FCB as well. Even so, the fact that he’s not signing with another RLCS team is surprising, although most teams have confirmed their rosters for the season.
Happy to join these boys for the upcoming RLRS season, we were rivals last time i was there but this time i’ll be joining them. Love them all to bits all ready and can’t wait to get this show on the road. The Journey To RLCS starts again🔥 https://t.co/kZ4igR85g4
— Bluey (@BlueyRL) January 17, 2020
Kyle “Scrub Killa” Robertson’s destination is currently unknown following his release from Vitality this week, but his most likely destination is Mousesports to fill the spot previously held by Linus “al0t” Möllergren. However, Team Reciprocity has also teased a team announcement for Tuesday, so perhaps the reigning European champions will announce a move.
Meanwhile, Flakes was the brightest spot in an otherwise bleak 0-7 season for Complexity. He put up a solid performance even as his teammates floundered, and it was clearly enough to get him back on an RLCS team (Joonas “Mognus” Salo has also signed to TSM for Season 9). Will Flakes be able to fill the void left by Bluey and help FCB contend in Europe again?
We’ll find out soon: RLCS Season 9 begins league play in two weeks.