The first domino of rostermania has fallen, as the Boston Breach announced earlier today that veteran TJ “TJHaLy” Haly has been released from the roster. TJ had a team option for the 2023 season, but the Breach chose to not exercise that option. While Boston was able to make CDL Champs in 2022 as a new organization, they clearly feel some rebuilding is in order for 2023.
The rest of Boston’s roster also has team options for next season, with the exception of possibly Reece “Vivid” Drost. It’s unclear what Vivid’s status is since he was traded to the Florida Mutineers and then also traded to the Breach. However, Methodz, Capsidal, and Nero all have team options for next season. The Breach currently have not disclosed whether or not those options will be exercised for 2023.
Today, we announce that we will not be exercising the team option on @TJHaLy's contract.
The Breach will be forever grateful to Teej as a founding member and champion of our brand. You will always have a place in Breach history.#IntoTheBreach | #BostonBreach pic.twitter.com/vqlFra6Q1V
— Boston Breach (@BostonBreach) August 12, 2022
TJHaLy was under the Boston banner for the entirety of the 2022 season. He was the main flex player for the roster, often not putting up the most jaw-dropping statistics, but filled an important role for the Boston Breach as the second AR alongside Methodz. TJHaLy now adds to the current AR free agent pool. He is now an unrestricted free agent for the 2023 season, meaning he can sign with any team he chooses beginning on Aug. 22.
As of right now, it’s difficult to gauge where TJHaLy could end up for 2023. He’s a veteran player that can play the flex role or swap to a main AR if needed. However, some teams might feel there are better, younger options on the market than TJ, who hasn’t won an event since 2018. TJ has also had a rocky go of it in the CDL. He began on OpTic Gaming LA for Modern Warfare, a team that wasn’t successful; then he moved to the LA Thieves, where he was dropped not once, but twice.
TJHaLy’s future in the CDL will ultimately depend on what other moves teams make. It’s unlikely the veteran winds up on a top team for the 2023 season, though.
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.