Shopify Rebellion, an organization with teams in titles such as Rocket League and VALORANT, announced a new Halo Infinite roster on Wednesday. The team, which is owned by the website Shopify, has signed four high-profile esports players for the roster. These players come from different esports, namely Call of Duty and Gears of War, but have decided to switch over to Halo Infinite. The recent success of the esport has attracted attention from across esports, leading to more players jumping ship and competing in 343 Industries’ newest title.
The newest roster in Halo Infinite features four players who made a name for themselves in a different esport. Three come from Gears of War, and are widely considered to be some of the best players ever, while one comes from the amateur league of Call of Duty. The full roster is:
- Brian “Solurs” Valenzuela
- Chance “Maux” Moncivaez
- Gilbert “Xplosive” Rojo
- Billy “MentaL” Putnam
Shopify Rebellion signs new Halo Infinite roster
New year, new team.
𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘢, 𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘏𝘢𝘭𝘰 𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦
— Shopify Rebellion (@ShopifyRebels) January 5, 2022
The trio of Solurs, Xplosive and MentaL should be familiar to any fan of Gears of War. The three players famously played together for a number of years on teams such as OpTic Gaming, NRG and UYU. However, with the downfall of Gears of War esports in recent years, the players went their separate ways.
Xplosive and Solurs stopped competing when the Gears of War Summer Major concluded in August 2021. MentaL, on the other hand, decided to try his hand at Call of Duty. He was picked up as a substitute for the LA Guerrillas in 2021 and even saw some action on the starting roster at the tail end of the 2021 season.
Finally, Maux is a former Call of Duty League professional and amateur that made the decision to switch to Halo after Vanguard’s problems became too much for him to handle. He competed at HCS Raleigh but failed to make a deep run.
The four players have now been put together by Shopify Rebellion and certainly boast the experience necessary to compete at a high level. How they perform against the other top teams in Halo Infinite is the biggest question surrounding the roster. They’ll have their first chance to prove themselves in the HCS NA Open Series, which begins on Jan. 9.