Tralfamadore: Replacing Zfreek brought us versatility
A couple of weeks ago the North American powerhouse Trademark eSports went through some drastic roster changes, replacing Alex 'Sender' Wielker and Zakari 'Zfreek' Freedman with Peter 'Peterpandam' Dager and Jeppe 'Haxxeren' Jensen. After those changes a lot of rumours were floating around due to the reasoning behind those changes, given that both released member had a long history with the team. Mark 'Tralfamadore' Seidl now offered an exclusive look behind the scene of tdM, explaining the exact reasoning of the changes.
On his stream Tralfamadore revealed that Sender had to go because of internal issues with David 'Moonmeander' Tan and Josh 'bkid' Choi. Those issues brought the team chemistry and the morale down. Furthermore Tralfamadore shared his thoughts that Sender was not a great support player during the laning phase, which ultimately brought the team a disadvantage early in the game. Another point was the attitude of Sender. Tralfamadore thought that Sender hasn't had the motivation to improve his game and play with his team, so the team decided to move on. That's why they choose Peterpandam.
On the Zfreek matter, Tralfamadore said that the first plan was not to replace Zfreek with Haxxeren, it just developed like that. With the skillset of Zfreek he could only play a couple of heroes on a very high level. That restriction in the game limited tdM's tactics and lineups to much. Then Haxxeren became a free agent and tdM tried him out in practice. The transition felt very smooth even with Tralfamadore playing second support or jungle, so the team had no reason to change the lineup back again to playing with Zfreek. The variety in the tactics and lineups became much higher and as a result Trademark became more versatile.
Lineup Trademark eSports:
Mark 'Tralfamadore' Seidl
Josh 'bkid' Choi
Peter 'Peterpandam' Dager
David 'Moonmeander' Tan
Jeppe 'Haxxeren' Jensen
Source: VoD Tralfamadore (33 minutes into the VoD)