Australian veteran CoD pro Denholm 'Denz' Taylor has officially left Mindfreak, after a year and a half with the organization, and is looking for an international opportunity as he takes the next step in his career.
The announcement from Mindfreak had been expected, as Denz previously made clear his intentions to travel to North America or Europe for the Black Ops 4 season.
Posting on Twitter, the Australian said he wanted "to take the next step" in his career, and didn't think it would be possible while staying "down under".
Mindfreak have been by far the best team in the APAC region in the last few years, and although they couldn't adjust to the step up in competition when it came to the CWL Pro League (failing to make playoffs in either stage), Denz was a standout performer.
He posted a 1.28 K/D in Search and Destroy in Stage Two of the Pro League, the sixth highest overall, and was also the 15th most efficient slayer in respawn modes in the league.
It was confirmed at the 2019 season reveal that the region lock roster rules would be lifted for the CWL in Black Ops 4.
Mindfreak announced his official release on Wednesday, September 26, thanking him not only for his performances, but also "everything he's done for Australian Call of Duty."
Tonight we farewell @MF_Denz from the #MFCOD roster. We wish him the best of luck in the next chapter of his journey and thank him for everything he's done for Mindfreak and Australian Call of Duty.
We'll see you on the battlefield. #BlackOps4 | @CODWorldLeague pic.twitter.com/gqaapkqqUM
— Mindfreak (@Mindfreak) September 26, 2018
As for his next move, the rumor mill is already in full swing, and the most likely destination for Denz will be alongside European players Thomas 'Tommey' Trewren, Bradley 'wuskin' Marshall, Sean 'Seay' O'Connor and Zach 'Zed' Denyer.
All of these players except Tommey were with UNILAD Esports during the WWII season, but it seems almost certain that they will be playing for a new organization during the Black Ops 4 season.
As for the identity of that organization, there is not much to go on. However, Chad Larsson – the owner of new esports team Reciprocity – has followed all five of these players on Twitter, which doesn't seem like a coincidence.