The Valorant esports scene keeps growing in 2021 and the Valorant Champions Tour is underway. Organizations and players are constantly making changes and we're here to keep you up to date.
We're in the first full week of April and there were already some notable roster changes in the Valorant competitive scene. Here are some of the most important player transfers so far.
Vice officially joins Andbox
Daniel "vice" Kim switched over from Cloud9's CS:GO roster to their Valorant one back in August 2020. After the team didn't find any success for months he left the organization last month and started his trial period in Andbox. As of April 16, he became an official part of the Andbox Valorant team.
Cloud9 Blue convert floppy and Xeppaa
Exactly a month after vice left Cloud9 Blue, his former teammate Skyler "Relyks" Weaver also decided to part ways with the squad. Cloud9 Blue were quick to find not one but two new players directly from their CS:GO division with Ricky "floppy" Kemery and Erick "Xeppaa" Bach.
With the two extra players, Cloud9 Blue are back to six.
Fnatic Bench Tsack and Moe40
Back in February, Fnatic finally decided to enter the Valorant pro scene by signing the already accomplished roster of SUMN FC, a team that had no org behind it but still found success. Two months down the line Fnatic are benching two players - Kostas "tsack" Theodoropoulos and Muhammad "Moe40" Hariff.
Since I've been benched and removed from the team I'm allowed to explore for other options. Motivation is higher than ever to prove myself again! Twitter dms are open— FNATIC tsack (@tsackk) April 4, 2021
I have been benched from the @FNATIC roster and am allowed to explore other options. I remain highly motivated and am confident in my ability to perform at the highest level. Contact me via DMs for extra information.— FNATIC Moe (@Moe40) April 3, 2021
These changes are without a doubt a result of the recent Stage 2 Challengers 1 EU Open Qualifiers, where Fnatic failed to make the cut. The team placed 9-16th after losing to the Swedish Alliance. Just a day later, Fnatic added two players to fill their ranks with Nikita "Derke" Sirmitev and Martin "MAGNUM" Peňkov.
Currently, Fnatic's Valorant roster is as follows:
- Jake "Boaster" Howlett
- Domagoj "Doma" Fancev
- James "Mistic" Orfila
- Nikita "Derke" Sirmitev
- Martin "MAGNUM" Peňkov
- Jacob "mini" Harris (head coach)
- READ MORE: Fnatic Win the VCT EU Challengers 2
OG Switch Stand-Ins
At the end of March Dylan "aKm" Lindström went inactive in the OG Valorant roster. Since the team didn't have enough time to find a replacement, they took a stand-in in the face of Jakub "Kuba" Dogan. Now Kuba's leaving and another stand-in appears with Harry "DPS" MacGill.
Spacestation Gaming Dop Their Valorant Team
The North American Spacestation Gaming is no longer competing with a Valorant team. The entire roster was dropped and if we had to guess it's probably due to the bad results.
Who knows, maybe they'll return someday?
Chet Leaves NRG
NRG have a roster with six players and no coach, well at least not anymore. The NA org released Chet "Chet" Singh who served as coach since October 2020. It's unclear who'll replace him, but the team is sticking together.
Today we mutually part ways with @chetsingh, Chet was fundamental in the creation of NRG Valorant. We thank you for everything you contributed to the #NRGFAM. We wish you all the best. pic.twitter.com/Qv2AGCAaHo— NRG Current (@NRGcurrent) April 5, 2021
Those are all the big changes we've seen in April but stay tuned for an update as we'll definitely see more down the line!
- READ MORE: One Year of Valorant: What Changed?
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