Prior to making the announcement we had informally explained to our players that Reign and VT would function as sister teams, with shared training opportunities and personnel. As we saw it, VT was not to become a "B Team" but a team that would continue to operate under a remote model that so many teams traditionally use. In doing so we would allot the organization and all its players the utmost flexibility to train with similar resources in whatever way suited them best. Obviously we understood that there would be great appeal to training in a dedicated prohouse, however, so we expected that VT would take on a role to Reign somewhere between a scout team and a friendly rival.
Unfortunately that vision was not shared, due in part to some mistakes we made along the way, and VT has been crippled to a point that it no longer makes sense to continue with our original plans. Thus, with much sadness, we have decided to dissolve the team VT Gaming.
From this decision, however, we felt that an opportunity existed for us to recognize and recover two of VT's most dedicated players, Michael "Perfect" Thompson and Richard "Future" Almand. On that account, effective immediately, Future and Perfect will be joining the roster of Team Reign.
Michael "Perfect" Thompson
With a history in Warcraft 3, Perfect pairs a superior micro game with finely crafted strategies and timings. Perhaps that's where he gets his name? Currently, Perfect is an up and coming player with an impressive and growing list of achievements. Battling against many reputable players, Perfect finished 1st at the Cyber Sports Network's After the Clash $500 Duel cup. More recently, he placed 3rd in the FXO North American King of the Hill.
Richard "Future" Almand
Formerly the team captain of VT Gaming, Future has made StarCraft 2 his livelihood through hundreds of hours of coaching and fostering developing talent. Playing since Brood War, he participated in tournaments like the WCG, GGL, and TSL. In StarCraft 2 he has placed 1st at multiple GO4Sc2 Cups and 4th at the Winter NewEgg Wanfest Tournament.
When the pro house opens later this year, both Perfect and Future will be training alongside the other members of Team Reign, and we trust that they will give their greatest effort to bring success to the team. We feel that their hard work in the past month speaks strongly of their focus and motivation to compete at the highest level.
Please let it be known that these players are not the two additional members of Team Reign that we did not disclose at the time of our announcement. We will provide more information about those players at a later date.