GODSENT have benched João “felps” Vasconcellos in a joint decision with the player ahead of ESL Pro League Season 15, the team announced on Tuesday. The change, first reported by ge.globo, comes after GODSENT failed to qualify for the North American Regional Major Rankings tournament, losing to ATK.
Outside of the poor performance, the reason for the decision appears to be personal as felps works through some problems with his health. The 25-year-old Brazilian mentioned the possibility of returning to the lineup in a few months after taking some time to rehabilitate.
“The beginning of the year wasn’t good for me,” felps said. “Ever since last year, I’ve been having some issues, health issues, which ends up affecting the team in a way, affects our performance and mine in particular.”
ALWAYS A GOD.
For personal reasons and in a joint decision, @felperaa was moved to the reserve bench of our main line.
We wish everything to be settled as soon as possible, so that you can shine again, Felpera ❤️ pic.twitter.com/8Mm7vc9RzN
— GODSENT (@GODSENT) March 15, 2022
In place of felps, GODSENT will be fielding Henrique “HEN1” Teles in their upcoming ESL Pro League Season 15 matches, according to ge.globo and dust2.us. HEN1 has been a free agent since he left 00Nation at the end of 2021. Considering the fact that HEN1 has recently been playing alongside his brother, Lucas “LUCAS1” Teles, on a project roster, it’s unclear whether this substitution will become a more permanent position after EPL concludes.
GODSENT are set to play Group C of ESL Pro League Season 15, which runs from March 23-27. They play in a group with BIG, Movistar Riders, Party Astronauts, Team Liquid and Players (the roster of Gambit Esports). Only three teams will be able to leave the group, with Team Liquid and Players as heavy favorites to exit — though the latter are dealing with obviously difficult circumstances. After that, the third slot is more open, with BIG as the foremost contender.
Felps has played with GODSENT since the Swedish organization signed a Brazilian roster on Jan. 21, 2021. He played alongside Epitácio “TACO” de Melo and a handful of up-and-coming rookies like Eduardo “dumau” Wolkmer.