oBo Benches Himself in Complexity Gaming
oBo has benched himself from the Complexity Gaming roster as he wishes to return to North America
The CEO and Founder of Complexity Gaming, Jason Lake, has announced that Owen "oBo" Schlatter has decided to bench himself from the active roster.
Complexity has had a good run in 2020, slowly climbing the ranks as the team is currently sat on #5 in the HLTV world ranking. The loss of oBo comes as a huge loss for the roster, as the youngster was a key part of Complexity's firepower.
The news comes as a result of the 17-year-old wanting to return home to the United States, after having spent most of the year in a bootcamp in Europe. He is not the only North American to leave Complexity for that same reason, as Matt "Warden" Dickens recently stepped down from the manager position, allowing him to return home and spend time with his family. He was recently announced to be the head coach of Andbox's new VALORANT team.
Today, we part ways with one of our longest tenured team members, @coLWarden.— Complexity Gaming (@Complexity) September 10, 2020
Thank you for being a key figure in the development of our CS:GO program. You’ll always be part of #COLFamilia, Matt. We wish you nothing but the best on your new adventure.
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Wanting to dismiss any potential rumors, Jason Lake decided to host a quick press conference on Twitch, explaining the situation and answering questions from the chat.
Many in the community have speculated that the young rifler would be linking up with Cloud9's Colossus roster. Still, that idea seems unlikely, considering that the new C9 team will probably also be based in Europe.
Jason Lake even addressed the matter, stating: "Is oBo going to C9? Uhm... No. I mean, I can't say where he's going yet. This has all happened in the last 24 hours."
What happens to the Juggernaut?
It seems as though it's too early to tell what will happen to the young prodigy, but chances are, oBo will want to play in North America in order to stay closer to his family.
Regarding oBo's replacement, Jason Lake has stated that Complexity has a shortlist of players in mind, but that buyouts are incredibly high, limiting the options slightly. Jason is willing to sign another young up-and-comer if the opportunity is right, and the team is open to players from practically any region. In the near future, the team will look for an emergency stand-in in order to avoid using coach Jamie "keita" Hall in the upcoming series of ESL Pro Leauge Season 12.
The next chapter
Though oBo will certainly be missed in Complexity, it's not the end of the Juggernaut's story. The roster still has incredible potential and will most likely bounce back from this. In regards to oBo, wherever he decides to play, he will be welcomed with open arms, given that he is North America's most promising youngster in terms of mechanical skill, experience and maturity.
The full VOD for Jason Lake's press conference can be found here.