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British Zerg, Paul "JonnyREcco" Whyte, has just tweeted that he is no longer a part of Team Dignitas and is now looking for a new team. This move comes after the recent departure of KiLLeR and Bischu. Whyte has been producing a lot of great results a good part of 2012 including a 3rd place finish at WCS UK Nationals and ESET UK Masters, a first place finish at i46 and an amazing run at TSL4 getting knocked out by KeeN in the Quarter-Finals by a dignified 3-4.
No longer with Dignitas ^^ looking for another team— Paul Whyte (@JonnyREcco) March 8, 2013
We quickly grabbed a chat with Paul to find out more information on his departure from the team. He stated that there were "quite a few things in the end" that made him leave, from contract issues to not receiving the help he was promised with setting up his stream. We have also learned that he was promised a contract with a small salary at ESWC which he "waited and waited for and never got" and when he asked about the contract again at the beginning of this year, everything was up in the air. Fast forward to tonight when Paul was getting his flights booked for i48. He was advised by Team Dignitas management that he would have to sign a contract that lasts for the whole of 2013 with no salary, and if he didn't sign, he would get no financial support at all. He naturally challenged this, in hopes of negotiating some terms in favour of himself, and upon being told "No" once again by the Team Dignitas management he declined to sign and was replied to with "lol ok" from Team Dignitas Managing Director Michael "ODEE" O'Dell.
Now that Whyte is free of any commitment with dignitas, he is looking for a team who are willing to support him by sending him to as much events as possible and just help him improve as much as he can. "I would probably be happy and be motivcated if some team wanted to put me in a team house" he said, "but really just a team where I could be happy in, get help from them, and do my best to bring attention to the team and their sponsors." He has not been in contact with any other teams about joining them, but he is hoping to do well at the next iSeries tournament in order to hopefully secure the team he's looking for.
With Whyte's departure, the current dignitas roster is rather small at the moment consisting of only 4 players, BlinG, DreAm, Ourk and Tefel. With a dwindling roster, a lot of fans of the Team Dignitas of old are wondering what's happening. We will have to wait and see what Team Dignitas is going to be doing with StarCraft 2. Additionally, we have reached out to Team Dignitas for a response on this situation and will update you as soon as we get one.