A notable point of the initial report that was not confirmed was the exit of Bryce "PureR" Lovell, who was reportedly leaving XSET to join DarkZero Esports DarkZero Esports North America Rank #22 . However, a December 24 report from Upcomer laid speculations of PureR being DarkZero's new fifth to rest.
Cryocells has been absent from SoaR's lineup since mid-November, with his last tournament appearance being the NSG Winter Championship Open 5. In that event, SoaR exited the tournament following a defeat at the hands of Ghost Gaming Ghost Gaming North America Rank #19 in the round of 16. In their next tournament showing, SoaR once again exited the competition in the round of 16, this time after a loss from NRG Esports NRG Esports North America Rank #12 , the eventual runner-up team in that event.
Currently, XSET have 4040 points in the NSG Winter Championship standings, putting them in ninth place overall. XSET are also a handful of points ahead of Cryocells' former team, SoaR, who currently sit at 10th place with 4028 points.