With both continental league seasons having wrapped up, top teams are gearing up in preparation for Insomnia55 at the end of the month, including some key roster changes.
Reason Gaming, who shuffled in players from the disbanded i52 finalists Epsilon eSports, were left without a starting scout when kiler4fun stepped down shortly after. They wielded star player schocky temporarily in their championship run in the ETF2L Season 21 playoffs, but have now picked up Forsak3n (formerly of 4-25) on a permanent basis for i55.
froyotech, after a successful run from the lower bracket to win ESEA Season 19, have kept their finals-winning roster, including the switch of b4nny to pocket soldier and ash to scout. This was the fourth unique lineup the reigning Insomnia champions fielded during the season, but proved to the be most successful with the team going 4-0 against rivals Ascent (as opposed to 1-3 with the previous three).
The Last Resort's highly-anticipated roamer ShaDowBurn has been confirmed to be having issues getting a visa, and with very little time left for him to get approved, it is unknown who the team will field in his place.
Ascent, whose initial dethroning of the defending champions in ESEA came crashing down with a double-series loss in the grand finals, are unable to field scout Decimate for i55 due to conflicts with work. In his place, they have recruited formerly retired scout of Classic Mixup fame enigma, whose rich competitive history (including a championship at i46 and a deep run at i52) will prove to be a great asset.