Earlier this month, it was announced that another top fighting game player would be departing their current team and joining free agency. After signing with the organization back in 2015 as their first fighting game player, Antwan “Alucard” Ortiz, has left Flipside Tactics due to contract expiration.
His accomplishments under the F3 banner include: placing 7th at Frosty Faustings VII, 9th at Combo Breaker 2015, 7th at SCR 2015, 3rd at Youmacon 2015, 2nd at Naptown Clutch V, 5th at KIT 2016, and 3rd at Frosty Faustings VIII in Ultra Street Fighter IV; scoring 3rd at Combo Breaker 2015 and Frosty Faustings VIII, 7th at Summer Jam 9 and ESL Dallas, and 2nd at Youmacon 2015 in Mortal Kombat X; finishing 5th at Texas Showdown, Defend The North and East Coast Throwdown 2016 and 4th at The King of New York and Texas Showdown 2017; the pinnacle of his success came with 2nd place finishes at Absolute Battle 2016 and NYU Spring Fighter 2017, with him most recently coming off a 33rd place finish at NCR 2018.
It will be interesting to see which organizations may vie for his services, as he is a proven threat in multiple games. Flipside Tactic’s fighting game roster still includes Allan “LuckyL0ops” Parris (Dead or Alive 5: Last Round), Thomas “Brolynho” Proença (Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition), Daris “DR Gross” Daniels (Injustice 2, Dragon Ball FighterZ), Darnell “Sleep” Waller (Killer Instinct), David-Paul “AutoMattock” Mattock (Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition) and Parker “Ofidyan” Morris (Mortal Kombat XL, Injustice 2).
You can see tweets from Alucard and Flipside about his departure below, as well as an official statement on their website.
Well, I've had an amazing run with F3, but my contract with them has officially expired. I loved my time here but I just feel like for me to reach my full potential I need a change of scenery, so I am looking into new opportunities. As of today I am a free agent. Round 2! Fight!
— alucarD (@313alucarD) May 9, 2018
— FlipSid3 Tactics (@FlipSid3Tactics) May 9, 2018
All of us here at Shoryuken would like to wish both parties the absolute best of luck in the future.