After recently parting ways with marten, SVIFT EU have brought in Ombrack as the team's Medic for the remainder of the season. SVIFT are currently sitting in contention for the Premiership playoffs, having recently won their match against Faint Gaming EU 5-1.
marten started making waves at Insomnia61, where he played for no input. no input pulled off a string of upsets in the lower bracket, eliminating Ascent.EU before ultimately finishing in fifth place. The fifth place finish with no input brought marten into the limelight and was remarked for his strong mechanical skills. marten ultimately joined Lowpander for the second half of Season 28 and for the ESU Community Rumble, reaching 4th and 2nd in those respective events.
2018 was very much a Bus-y year for marten, who joined the newly-formed Bus Crew and participated in all events where The Bus Crew fielded a squad. His most impressive finish was at Copenhagen Games 2018, where the crew finished 4th. He also managed another 5th place finish at Insomnia63, but ended up in 8th and 6th place during the ETF2L seasons. Following The Bus Crew's dissolution, marten joined SVIFT EU as a part of the team's new roster for Season 31.
Smirre, who plays Demoman for SVIFT EU has offered some explanations as to why marten was replaced.
We had a lot of issues playing with marten and it was mostly due to a lack of focus during games and a lack of calls. When the same issues appeared during officials we made the decision to look for someone more focused and vocal.
In an attempt to solve some of our problems and to get some new inspiration for the team we picked up Ombrack who is going to finish the season with us. He is very vocal and helps a lot in terms of communication and ideas.
While marten was very much a one-team player this year, his replacement Ombrack blows him out of the water in term of most time spent on a team, with 12 consecutive seasons. Ombrack was one of the first members of top5rocket, leading the team from the depths of Division 4, to finally reaching Premiership after struggling in High for multiple seasons. Leading the Frenchie squad, top5rocket ultimately became competitive with the top of Premiership, getting 3 podium finishes under the names nerdRage and Ascent.EU.
Passionate player and equally passionate French caster Ombrack commentated on the reasons behind his lack of team this season and his recent pickup:
I wasn't planning on playing this season due to lack of decent offers, so i ended up mercing around. Smirre asked me if I wanted to play this season and I agreed to help them out until the end of season 31. I'm not really that keen, but if I can help them out I'll do my best.
With this last minute change, the SVIFT EU roster is now:
- Scout: ixy
- Scout: alba
- Roamer: Rising
- Pocket: PolygoN
- Demoman: Smirre
- Medic: Ombrack