Update 9/18 3:15pm ET: The team has announced that rounding out its roster as its fourth player will be former Millenium support Dylan "MadCat" Daly."
— Dylan D (@MadCat) September 18, 2016
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Top European Call of Duty team and Call of Duty World Championship 2016 runner-up Splyce is changing up its team in a big way. Splyce has removed slayers Rhys "Rated" Price and Joseph "Joee" Pinnington; in their place, the team has added former Millenium slayer Jordan "Jurd" Crowley and brought back Joshua-Lee "Joshh" Sheppard, whom it had released only a week ago. Ben "Bance" Bance is keeping his position on the team. The team will be looking for a new fourth ahead of the launch of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in November.
Bance tells ESPN that he originally decided to remove Joshh last week as an impulsive decision after both Rated and Joee approached him requesting the change.
"It was an on-the-spot decision, straight away, without having any kind of thought process into it, so we dropped him," Bance said. "But after thinking about it, I wanted to pick Joshh back up. The whole reason is because me and Joshh have teamed for the whole of the year and we have had success in three different rosters. Me and him, more or less, just bounce off each other really well so I don't really want to leave him when I've had so much success with him."
The team recently took second at the Call of Duty World Championship in Los Angeles on Sept. 2-4. It managed to beat the likes of FaZe Clan, FAB Games Esports, and Team eLevate on its way to the grand finals. There it eventually fell to Team EnVyUs but went down in history as one of the best, if not the best, European Call of Duty lineups of all time.
Bance says that despite the big victory, the entire team knew that their time in Los Angeles would be their last outing together. He says that personalities clashed among parts of the team and that they were all aware that changes would occur after the tournament.
"Obviously second is good in everyone's eyes, but that was a short-term team," he says. "If we thought about long-term, going into the next game [Infinite Warfare] and trying to learn a game where some people don't agree with others and where some people don't enjoy each other's company, it would made the team morale low and no one would've wanted to play Call of Duty."
Adding Millenium's Jurd comes after Joshh had had success with him in previous versions of the series, mainly Call of Duty: Ghosts. Both players played on Epsilon eSports in 2014, which was at that time considered one of the best teams in the game.
"They've both had success in the past from Ghosts and other titles and [Jurd] is arguably the best player in Europe," Bance says. "He brings the slaying power that we need."
Despite the need to quickly adjust team chemistry, Bance thinks that when the roster is complete, the team could succeed as much as it did earlier this month.
"Team change was necessary and hopefully with the right fourth, we can beat the expectations of what people think now, [because they're] thinking we can't get a better team than [World Championship]," he says. "But I feel like we can."