The Valorant Champions Tour is finally back! Qualifiers in every region are underway, but some organizations are still making last-minute roster changes. Here are the most important ones.
Valorant esports is back on the menu with the return of the VCT Stage 3. Teams are currently trying to earn a spot at the Stage 3 Challengers main event. Sadly, not all the teams will qualify, which means we should expect even more roster changes in about a week.
Luminosity Gaming Make Big Changes
Luminosity Gaming's Valorant squad changed quite a bit yesterday. The organization signed ban and dazzLe. TiGG joined as a stand-in while the team's coach trainer left the org. It's not clear what motivated him to do so.
Luminosity will be playing later today in the VCT Stage 3 Challengers NA open qualifiers. North America is considered the most competitive region in Valorant and the competition there will be fierce. Will the new roster be worthy? We'll find out in the next few days.
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XSET Bench thwifo
Another Valorant team made some last-minute changes as XSET benched thwifo.
We have decided to move @Thwifo to an inactive role on our Valorant roster for the start of #VCT Stage 3.— XSET (@XSET) July 1, 2021
Thwifo is a tremendous Valorant player, & we will support him fully with any move he decides to make in the future. pic.twitter.com/E0SUOhYaaZ
As of now, thfwifo is a free agent and looking for a new team. It's unclear which organization he's planning to join, but we'll probably find out later this month.
Lakia Returns to Vision Strikers
Lakia was NUTURN GAMING's MVP player during the Stage 2 Masters Reykjavik, but now he decided to go back to Vision Strikers.
A familiar face returns home from Nuturn. Welcome back to the squad, @lakiaone!— Vision Strikers (@VisionStrikers) July 2, 2021
Nuturngwa gyeyageul macin igsughan eolgulyi gwihwan. bijeon seuteuraikeojeue dolaosingeol hwanyeonghabnida @lakiaone!#FollowYourVision #VSWIN #jibnaganji1nyeon pic.twitter.com/x3aYogDeO1
Vision Strikers was Lakia's first Valorant team and over a year later, he's finally back. Vision Strikers are arguably the top team in South Korea, with only first places in every event they've attended but one. Their only flop was during the VCT 2021: Korea Stage 2 Challengers, which cost them their spot at Reykjavik. With Lakia back on the team, their success is guaranteed.
TSM Bench drone
As expected, TSM's failure to make it through the open qualifiers for Stage 3 Challengers 1 resulted in some roster changes. The NA team benched drone and they're now looking for a new recruit before the next batch of qualifiers.
As of today, @Dronecsgo is benched from our starting Valorant roster. We'll be trialing players to find our permanent 5th ahead of Qualifiers 2.— TSM FTX (@TSM) July 5, 2021
X10 Esports Bench Patiphan
X10 Esports are the top Valorant team in Thailand and they've just benched their star player – Patiphan. The former Overwatch pro was one of the MVPs during the Stage 2 Masters Reykjavik but he's now taking a break due to a wrist injury.
taking a break— Patiphan (@itsPatiphan) July 8, 2021
Zeus will be filling in for Patiphan until he recovers.
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Andbox Part Ways With seb
Andbox failed to make it in the NA Stage 3 Challengers 1 open qualifier, and the roster changes are already underway. On July 10, the organization parted ways with seb.
Today, we say goodbye to an inaugural member of the Andbox VALORANT squad @seb_fps has been a great contributor and teammate, and we are thankful for what he has done for this team. We wish him nothing but the best in his next chapter. pic.twitter.com/F4cDhUYaaM— Andbox (@andbox_official) July 10, 2021
The Valorant roster of Andbox is now down to four. The qualifiers for Stage 3 Challengers 2 are over a week away, and they still have time to fill their ranks. Who will be their fifth?
T1 Academy Sign Flyuh and v1c
T1 didn't find success in the recent qualifiers for NA Stage 3 Challengers 1. Their academy team was missing two players after ANS returned to competitive Overwatch and dawn was promoted to the T1 main squad. T1 Academy is now back to five players with the signing of Flyuh and v1c.
Vision Strikers Bench Zest
Earlier this month, Lakia joined Vision Strikers and now Zest got benched. You're probably thinking this is a coincidence, but Zest was placed on medical leave.
[VS Announcement] pic.twitter.com/tQ9X79FWAn— Vision Strikers (@VisionStrikers) July 13, 2021
Even with Zest benched, Vision Strikers have six players on their Valorant squad. It's unclear who'll be the reserve.
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Ninjas in Pyjamas Sign ec1s, Ex6TenZ Switches To Coach
Ninjas in Pyjamas failed to make the cut in the recent qualifiers for EU Stage 3 Challengers 1 and the roster changes were sure to follow. NiP signed ec1s, while Ex6TenZ switched to assistant coach.
Kaboose went inactive in Team Envy at the end of June. Exactly two weeks later, he announced his official retirement.
Been a wild ride, thank you @Envy for an amazing experience!— kaboose (@kaboose) July 14, 2021
At the moment I have decided to put my esports career on hold and look towards other opportunities, I've made so many great friends with esports and wish you all the best! https://t.co/JoGpdAMZ6u
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Tanizhq Leaves OG for SuperMassive Blaze
OG's coach and manager, Tanizhq, parted ways with the organization yesterday and joined the ranks of SuperMassive Blaze as a coach. The Turkish Valorant team is the result of a merger between Blaze Esports and SuperMassive Esports that happened on June 1.
TR EMEA Elemeleri boyunca @Tanizhq VALORANT ekibimizin kocu olarak gorev yapacak.— SuperMassive Blaze (@supmassblaze) July 14, 2021
Aileye hos geldin koc!
GBWe would like to welcome @Tanizhq who will be coaching our VALORANT team throughout the EMEA qualifiers.
Welcome to the family coach! https://t.co/34qju8Wx7d
Tanizhq found a lot of success as a coach with Team Heretics. In mid-June, he joined OG and spent less than a month with the European team. Will he boost SuperMassive Blaze's performance?
Thief Is Back to Luminosity Gaming
Thief was loaned from Luminosity Gaming to Version1 for the duration of the Stage 3 Challengers 1 main event and qualifiers. Now that the tournaments are already behind us thief is back on the Luminosity bench.
Na’Vi Complete Their Valorant Team
Roughly a month ago, Natus Vincere announced Cloud as their first Valorant player. Last Friday, they completed the squad with four more players, a coach and an analyst. Na'Vi signed the remaining roster of Worst Players – 7ssk7, dinkzj, arch, and Duno. In the meantime, SmartSeven joined as coach and
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Heretics Bench ardiis for Amilwa
It seems that the roster changes in June weren't enough for Heretics. The European Valorant team benched ardiis due to health issues and signed Amilwa in his place.
Team BDS Sign GatsH
Team BDS are one of the most recent squads to join the Valorant competitive scene. Despite the fact they were formed in April, the roster qualified for the Stage 3 Challengers 1 main event in Europe. Sadly, they finished last at the tournament. On July 20 they signed GatsH as their sixth player.
Will their six-man roster find success in the rest of Stage 3?
Team Vitality Bench JESMUND, Acquire Shalaby
Just a few months back, Team Vitality completed their roster with JESMUND. Now the Finnish players got benched. The lack of results in recent months might be the reason.
In the meantime, shalaby was acquired from Anubis Gaming. The Egyptian player will play as a stand-in for Vitality during the EU Stage 3 Challengers 2 closed qualifiers. Team Vitality already defeated WiLD and their next opponents will be Giants Gaming.
These were all the important Valorant roster changes so far. We're almost halfway through July and with Stage 3 Challengers 1 already behind us expect even more shuffling.