Over a week has passed since the conclusion of the Valorant Stage 2 Masters Reykjavik, and some teams are making big changes in their roster. Here are the most important highlights!
The Valorant competitive scene is finally taking a bit of rest after the conclusion of the Stage 2 Masters Reykjavik. While Valorant esports is asleep, many organizations are already working hard to improve their rosters with various changes. Here's what happened so far in June.
Sentinels acquire TenZ
This month started with a bang as Tyson "TenZ" Ngo finally became an official part of the Sentinels Valorant roster. Previously, Ngo was just loaned from Cloud9, but now his transition into a true Sentinel is complete. Together with TenZ, Sentinels took first place in Masters 2 Reykjavik after a perfect run and secured a guaranteed spot at Valorant Champions at the end of the year.
He's here to stay.— Sentinels (@Sentinels) June 1, 2021
Sentinels proved they're the best team in the world just a week ago. North America remains the strongest region in Valorant, and we don't see that changing anytime soon, unless Europe or Korea have something to say?
G2 Esports, Heretics and Acend Exchange Players
Things are getting heated in Europe as G2, Heretics, and Acend have swapped some players. G2 Esports acquired Jose Luis "koldamenta" Aranguren Herrero from Acend, and in turn, they gave them Aleksander "zeek" Zygmunt.
Next up G2 Esports released Ardis "ardiis" Svarenieks and Patryk "paTiTek" Fabrowski. Two days later the duo went on to join Team Heretics.
In order for ardiis and paTiTek to join, Heretics had to release Žygimantas "nukkye" Chmieliauskas and Auni "AvovA" Chahade. And you guessed it, they then joined G2 Esports.
I'm SO happy to announce that I've joined the @G2esports VALORANT team!— G2 AvovA (@AvovAgg) June 2, 2021
How do you think I'll look in black?
Thank you to @TeamHeretics for our time together
Hyped to be playing with this great lineup, my bro @nukkyez & ready to show how much damage the #G2Army can do! https://t.co/NolDBTGHIi
A day earlier, Heretics took Ondřej "MONSTEERR" Petrů under their wing. Despite that, the team's roster is still missing a fifth player, so expect an update soon.
If you're confused by all this, don't worry, you're not alone. Expect further updates, as more roster changes will surely follow later this month.
TSM’s Female Valorant Squad Gets zecK As Coach
Earlier this week, Addison "zecK" Gorzeck's trial as a coach for TSM's female Valorant team came to an end. A good end. As of June 8, zecK was promoted to a permanent position as a head coach for the female TSM roster.
We're powering up our Valorant division!— TSM FTX Report (@tsmreport) June 8, 2021
Today we're happy to announce that @zecK_VAL will be joining our Valorant team as Head Coach. We can't wait to see how much @athxna and the squad grow with his help and strategy! Welcome to the TSM FTX family! pic.twitter.com/Bql6CdiEYT
The team's next challenge will be coming later this month at the Valorant Game Changers North America Series 2. With a total of $50,000 in prize money on the line, the competition will be high.
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Heretics Complete Their Roster
Heretics, G2 Esports, and Acend swapped some players and the final result was Heretics missing a fifth. That's no longer the case, as yesterday the organization signed Felix "al0rante" Brandl as their final player.
With that, the Heretics Valorant team is once again complete. Will they manage to climb to the top of competitive Valorant in Europe?
Glow Goes Back to Coaching Vision Strikers
Last month, Kim "glow" Min-soo announced that he's officially retiring. Less than a month later, glow returns to Vision Strikers and his coaching position on the team. The South Korean team has two more coaches with Soon-woo "Argency" Kwon and Seon-ho "termi" Pyeon.
Vision Strikers are one of the best Valorant teams in South Korea. They've taken first place at every event they attended except for Korea Stage 2 Challengers. Sadly, that meant no trip to Reykjavik, but we're sure that VS still have a lot to show us.
MW1 Joins Velocity Gaming
Mohit "MW1" Wakle is now officially part of Velocity Gaming. MW1 is one of the most famous players in the region and his decision to join the roster of Velocity Gaming was no surprise.
VC are among the top teams in India and the organization has been dominating every tournament they attend. It's only a matter of time before we see them on the big stage. With MW1 joining the squad, Velocity's roster grows to a total of 6 players:
- Agneya "Marzil" Koushik
- Mohit "MW1" Wakle
- Anuj "Amaterasu" Sharma
- Tejas "rite2ace" Sawant
- Vibhor "Vibhor" Vaid
- Sagnik "Hellff" Roy
There's a high chance we'll see Marzil get benched, so MW1 can make his first appearance with Velocity.
Gen.G release huynh
Another team that had six players up until yesterday is Gen.G. Gen.G had a rough run in the first part of the season, and they couldn't secure a spot at the second Masters tournament. The Gen.G Valorant squad is now down to five after the release of Danny "huynh" Huynh.
It's never easy to say goodbye...— Gen.G Esports (@GenG) June 15, 2021
Thank you @HUYNH_CS for being one of the biggest reasons why #GenGVAL is where it is today. Wherever your career takes you next, we know they'll be lucky to have you, and you'll always have our support! pic.twitter.com/yd1cUbQQEp
It's unclear whether huynh plans to join another team straight away or focus on creating Valorant content on Twitch. In any case, stay tuned for an update.
OG Complete Their Valorant Squad
OG entered the Valorant competitive scene back in February, and we have yet to see them at the top in Europe. Last month they released three players, and their Valorant team remained incomplete, until now. Harry "DPS" MacGill who was just a stand-in is joining as a full-time member of the team along with Nikita "trexx" Cherednichenko and Tomas "Destrian" Linikas.
Same boat, new crew.— OG Valorant (@OGvalorant) June 16, 2021
Introducing the new OG VALORANT roster which will be competing during #VCT Stage 3 starting June 28th:
OG also signed Tanishq "Tanizhq" Sabharwal as a coach.
Alliance Part Ways With MitchMan
It's definitely not the update we expected from Alliance, considering the team is still missing a fifth player. Yesterday, the Swedish organization announced they're parting ways with their analyst, Mitch "MitchMan" McBride.
MitchMan joined Alliance at the end of January and stayed with the team for almost half a year. At this point, the only hope for Alliance is to qualify for Stage 3 Masters.
Rob-Wiz Leaves Built By Gamers
Rob "rob-wiz" Kennedy left BBG and is currently looking for a new team.
Parted ways with BBG and officially LFT in Valorant as a coach— rob-wiz (@robwiztv) June 17, 2021
I have competed professionally in VAL/OW/CSGO/CoD4 and am very eager to get to work in a coaching role
Looking for teams who value good attitudes and traits such as kindness/empathy
Likes and RT's appreciated
Much like Alliance, Built By Gamers are struggling to find their place in North America. Who can blame them – they're trying to make it in the most competitive Valorant region!
BBL Esports With a 7-Man Strat
You've heard of the six-man roster, but did you expect the one with seven? As of today, the Turkish BBL Esports have seven players on their Valorant squad. The latest addition is Ekrem "l0gicman" Aydın. Will one of the other players be leaving soon?