Thomas “ThO” Binkhorst was one of Guild Esports’ inaugural Rocket League players, having been with the organization since its genesis. He’s been benched for the last couple months, making todays news far from surprising. Guild Esports announced on Twitter that ThO would be departing the team to continue his professional career.
ThO will still be competing in the Rocket League Championship Series (RCLS) as a member of The Flying Dutchmen. The team is complete with all Dutch players, including Jos “ViolentPanda” van Meurs, and Ole “oaly.” ViolentPanda seems to be leading the charge as a renowned Rocket League legend with a track record of getting the most out of the players around him. The trio have played together before at various events and are expected to have a good amount of success next season; possibly taking a Worlds spot from one of the established top six. ViolentPanda announced on Twitter that the team is currently looking for an organization to represent, as well as a sub.
As for Guild Esports, Dan “bluey” Bluett played as a stand-in for the team while ThO sat out his final two months with the organization. It hasn’t been confirmed that he will be ThO’s official replacement, so Guild Esports is technically still on the hunt for a new third. Fans only got to see a small sample of what bluey can do with the team, but the reception so far seems to be that this would be a lateral move at best. During his peak, bluey was a Season 8 RCLS EU MVP, however, he has seen a decline over the past couple seasons. He’s also been criticized as a “toxic” teammate, but time, maturity, and the natural chemistry advantage of an all English roster could be just what he needed to turn things around if he joins the team permanently.