May 2016 in Review
"We regularly remind each other how far we have come compared to just 6 months, 3 months or 1 month ago. To think of everything that we have done and the position we are now in is still sometimes crazy to me. So we wanted to share the feeling with you and review the progression of Tainted Minds each month."
- Nick 'DSav' Bobir
Founder / CEO
Leading into May, Plantronics Tainted Minds were still enjoying the hype from the SMITE team's performance during Split 1 of the Oceanic Pro League and were ready for the Call of Duty squad to improve on their Stage 1 results and take down Mindfreek to be crowned champions in Stage 2.
Following the launch of the merchandise line the previous month, the first batch of orders began arriving and social media was a buzz with fans sending in pictures of their new gear. This sparked new motivation among the Plantronics Tainted Minds players as they began interacting more regularly with fans both on social media and in-game as well as many of them getting back into live-streaming. The organisation wanted to help develop the competitive scene in the region and supported 'Inmaniac' with his inaugural community Funday Monday competition. This new buzz triggered the launch of this very website, saw an increase in the fan base with the Twitter account reaching 4,000 followers and the expansion into additional titles.
The Lion Comes of Age:
Stage 2 of the Call of Duty: World League had already begun and Plantronics Tainted Minds had 2 wins and 2 loses after Week 2. It was not the start the team expected but they were confident that they would turn it around.
However, results still didn't come their way and in Week 3 and 4 they had only won 1 of the 4 games, making them 3 wins to 5 loses. The loss to OrbitGG on May 11th resulting in the departure of Jake 'Fate' Fitzpatrick from the Call of Duty roster. This was a tough position for Plantronics Tainted Minds leaving both the team and regrettably 'Fate' just days away from roster lock to field new squads. Thankfully Jake was welcomed into Apotheon for the remainder of Stage 2 and Plantronics Tainted Minds announced the introduction of young gun Jai 'Beastn' Boone to the Call of Duty: World League as a present for his 18th birthday.
The new rosters collided the very next matchup where Plantronics Tainted Minds managed to defeat Apotheon, showing the hunger and determination of the new team. Although the team were soon put back in their place losing to ChiefsESC the following week.
At this point in the league the hopes of qualifying for the ANZ Stage 2 Finals seemed to die out. The team's morale was low and they didn't beleive it was possible to overcome so many of the previous losses in the Stage. However, a change of heart came in Week 6 when they defeated nV and 4th place Team Immunity. The team ran the math and discovered that making finals was still in their grasp if they managed to perform in the final week. It was like something out of a movie that they had to overcome Mindfreek in a Stage 1 Grand Final rematch to keep their dream alive for Stage 2.
Unfortunately the team failed to deliver the fairytale ending the fans were hoping for, going down to Mindfreek to be eliminated from Stage 2 Finals contention and crushing the dream to leave Plantronics Tainted Minds in 5th Place overall for Stage 2.
The squad will be back more determined than ever!
The Long Haul:
Much like the Call of Duty team, the SMITE boys were also eager to get into Split 2 with the determination to topple the reigning champions after previous results. In the off-season they had made the roster change to recruit UltimateAbyss as the new Jungler and believed that they could now take on any team in the region.
However, just days before the first match of the Split 2 iDivine - Solo Laner for Plantronics Tainted Minds - informed the team that he had lost interest in competing and would not be playing the upcoming Split. This left the team with a tough decision. They could either pick up a player as a bandaid solution to string the team an average result for the Split and buy them time to decide on a player for Split 3, or they could dig their heels in and develop a team with long term in mind, knowing that Split 2 results may not be ideal with an overhauled roster.
The team announced the addition of Thomas 'Elkeiro' Keir to replace iDivine in the Solo Lane. Just 24hrs later they played the first match of the Split; a Grand Final rematch against Team Pandamonium. Unfortunately the brand new team were not prepared for the reigning champs and are down 0 wins to 1 loss at the end of May.
There is plenty more of the $25,000 prize pool Split 2 to come in June and beyond.
With the increase in fans and an interest in expansion, Plantronics Tainted Minds finally pulled the trigger after months of analysing the environment. To the fan's delieght they announced the acquisition of the Oceanic Challenger Series Champions - the former Chiefs.Black roster along with their place in Split 2 of the League of Legends Oceanic Pro League.
This is a huge step for the organisation as they now have one of the top teams in the most popular game in the world. This opens a lot of doors for future business as well as now having a team to cheer for each Split and watch actively develop.
Plantronics Tainted Minds debuted in the LoL OPL against AVANT Garde in a nail biter of a series. Each game was back and forth stretching as long as an hour with so many twists and turns along the way. The new team were able to pull out the victory in Game 3 and begin preparing for the biggest match they have ever played. Week 2 they faced off against the reigning champions and former sister team ChiefsESC in a Legends Title Match. The squad showed that they could hold their own at some points before falling to the dominant team.
The team are now 1 win and 1 loss into the Split with plenty of matches coming up as they look to prove why they qualified and that they can compete with the best of them.
The release of Blizzard Entertainment's new title - Overwatch - saw a global interest in the eSports scene of the widely successful new game. This lead to Plantronics Tainted Minds announcement on the last day of May that they had recruited an Overwatch competitive team.
Plantronics Tainted Minds now have:
- Call of Duty
- League of Legends
- Scuf Gaming
- Merchandise line
- Regular player streams
- 4,000+ followers on social media
Where will the organisation be at the end of June?