It’s unlikely SumaiL will struggle to find a team. He’s probably received several offers since leaving OG, but are they offers fit for a king?
We’ve previously seen highly valued players go to teams that don’t quite match their levels of prestige such as Lasse Aukusti "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen joining Chaos Esports Club before he found a home on Team Secret. But MATUMBAMAN's move was forced by The International 9 looming—most squads already had their rosters locked in, with only qualifier stacks still looking for players.
This year, there is no TI to force SumaiL onto whatever team he can find. Will he hold out for the top tier offer he deserves? Or will SumaiL make a rapid return to the pro scene with the best team he can find? Where might we see him show up? With new teammates or perhaps somewhere more familiar? Let’s look at some of the options.
SumaiL played under the EG banner for five years. While little is known about the nature of his split with the org, what we do know is that EG’s mid player Abed has been unable to compete with the roster for several months due to COVID-19. Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev will reclaim his spot as the offlaner for EG for OMEGA League: Europe, but a big question mark still looms over the mid-lane.
Will Abed be back to complete EG’s roster for the first time in several months? Eric "Ryoya" Dong has looked after the mid lane during the quarantine period, but now that EG is facing the highly competitive EU region, they may be looking for an upgrade. Despite playing the carry role recently, there’s no doubt Sumail could return to the mid lane and dominate the rest of his competitors. SumaiL is not only one of the best mid players in the pro scene’s history, he’s familiar with most of the current EG players and knows how they work. Is it time for his return, even temporarily? EG may well be one of the best teams SumaiL can join right now.
Back in Business
Another option for Sumail is to team up with old teammate Clinton "Fear" Loomis on business associates in the North American region. SumaiL and Fear claimed an Aegis together back in 2015 and have publicly held a strong relationship both in and outside of the game.
The business associates are currently relying on a stand-in mid player without too much success. The team was recently eliminated from the group stages of The Great American Rivalry with Jacky "EternaLEnVy" Mao on the mid role. Many would consider SumaiL a strong upgrade for the team if he is willing to return to the mid lane.
The business associates aren’t the only NA team missing a core player. Another TI-winning ally of SumaiL resides on CR4ZY: Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling. This time the safe lane role, which SumaiL has transitioned to for some time now, is up for grabs.
CR4ZY may be the more stable option for SumaiL as they have only one empty spot on their roster compared to business associates, who lack a permanent position 4 player as well as a mid lane.
Both CR4ZY and business associates will compete in the ESL One Thailand 2020: Americas tournament. If SumaiL isn’t playing in OMEGALeague, then playing in the NA region may be his chance to show bigger teams he’s still got it.
The other notable NA teams such as Quincy Crew and 4 Zoomers seem to have stable rosters. Quincy Crew, in particular, have performed very strongly, winning several online leagues since May and taking down EG in a BO5 show match. It may be unwise for either to break up a functional team to make room for SumaiL when bigger orgs are likely to make more enticing offers than they can.
What are your predictions for SumaiL? Does SumaiL deserve better than a stand-in spot? Could he form a new team from scratch himself? Will he remain in the competitive EU region to show OG what they’re missing out on? Or will the king rule over the NA region once again? There are many questions about Sumail’s future: let’s hope they’re answered soon!