kaidus, team leader and figurehead of Se7en will temporarily step down from the active roster of the team for an unknown duration due to suffering from a non-gaming related injury. The exact duration of his recovery is not known, but the reigning champions have enlisted Domo to fill in during that time, having already played the first four weeks with Se7en. So far, the stand-in seems to have adapted well to the team's playstyle, with Se7en having won 23 out of the 24 total possible points so far into the season.
kaido returns to the sidelines of Se7en once again (picture by Declan "Mr. Jelly" Atkin)
kaidus has a solid claim on being the most experienced Prem player there is, boasting 240 matches on ETF2L, and 14 awards. kaidus being cautious about his health doesn't come as a surprise, as he had previously stepped down between Seasons 23 to 27 due to a wrist injury.
During that time, he coached nameLess — who would later go on to sign with Crowns eSports Club — before later forming and coaching Se7en with the core of Crowns. Since he's returned to his role as the Demoman on Se7en, the team have seen a string of successful results, claiming 3 ETF2L titles and winning Insomnia61, alongside podium finishes at Rewind II and Insomnia63.
kaidus shared his thoughts with us surrounding the nature and duration of his injury, as well as the reasoning behind bringing on Domo.
I injured my left shoulder recently (not gaming related) so I'm taking a break from TF2. Domo has kindly agreed to step in for as long as we need him, which as it stands is an unknown period of time as the recovery process takes as long as it takes. Personally, I expected that I would have been back already by now, so we're just taking it week by week for the time being while I undergo physiotherapy. I was very surprised that no teams wanted domo this season so it was a pretty easy decision to get him in as backup — he's a very promising player and has been great at adapting to how we play and taking on board the feedback from myself and the team.
I hope to return soon but I'm not going to rush things as I have done in the past with muscular injuries and gaming, so we will see how things go over the next few weeks and take it from there. In the meantime I am helping out here and there to keep the team on track but mostly I have full confidence in the rest of the team to manage things well while I am away so I can focus on my health.
Domo reached Premiership with 3/6, a team that also featured players like Pred, Crayon and Deox in Season 25, and managed to build enough reputation to be picked up by LEGO when they reformed back in Season 27. The 4th place finish obtained that season would be his best result in ETF2L, but his time in the team of plastic bricks was not limited to that, as he was also a part of the LEGO roster that finished third at Copenhagen Games 2018. He was last seen in Prem playing for the swamp, who finished 6th in Season 29.
We managed to get in touch with Domo about progressively becoming a part of the top Prem team.
So just after signups closed, I didn't have a team for the upcoming Season and kaptain had asked me to fill in kaidus that night. After a successful set of scrims, the guys asked me if I wanted to join the roster as a sub for kaidus; given the chance to play on the best team in Europe and lacking a team of course I accepted. The next day, kaidus had spoken to me and informed me that he had hurt his shoulder and is most likely not going to be playing for a few weeks. A few weeks turned into a few more weeks and before I realised it was Week 4. In terms of how long it will be until kaidus returns is still unknown to me and him, so I'm just going with the flow for now.
With Domo rounding out the six-man roster for the time being, Se7en's roster is currently:
- Scout: Thaigrr
- Scout: Thalash
- Roamer: Starkie
- Pocket: kaptain
- Demoman: Domo
- Medic: Raymon