It looks like the worldwide pandemic is still causing trouble for Overwatch League teams. On Tuesday April 6, the Boston Uprising announced the release of Terence “SoOn” Tarlier. SoOn joined the team earlier in 2021 and looked to be the teams premier Tracer player heading into the season. Now just two weeks before the season, the former Paris Eternal DPS standout is without a team.
The Uprising has parted ways with @SoOn99 due to visa issues.
We were looking forward to having him on the team and wish him the best of luck moving forward.
— Boston Uprising (@BostonUprising) April 6, 2021
The news of SoOn’s release comes as a shock to many Uprising fans. Recently SoOn made his Uprising debut in the Steel Series Invitational and appeared to not be incredibly impacted by the ping difference. SoOn was one of the more exciting off-season pickups for the Uprising. He brought a veteran presence to a team that was adding a few new rookies to the roster, and many thought he would serve to be a mentor throughout the year.
The timing of the announcement is a bit unfortunate as well. With the Overwatch League getting it’s start in just under two weeks, there is little chance that SoOn is able to find a new home right away. As the season progresses, fans could potentially see the Tracer-specialist find a spot on one of the Western teams who would need his skill set.
As it stands, it looks like the Uprising weren’t able to find a pathway for SoOn to join the team in Massachusetts. Unfortunately the visa issue appeared to be too much for Boston to justify keeping SoOn on the roster for the time being. Boston Uprising as a whole appear to value having their players all playing together than over online. As their season starts on April 26, audiences will see if this ends up being the best move for Boston.
Featured image courtesy of Boston Uprising
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