Acend raising their edge in Europe’s VALORANT scene

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VALORANT Phoenix Jett

Acend’s win in the VALORANT Champions Tour Europe Masters event was anything but expected considering the teams that they faced at the event. They rose to the occasion, beating more favored teams such as FunPlus Phoenix in the semifinal and Team Heretics in the final.  Nobody really expected Acend to win Masters, which actually worked out in their favor. “Coming … Read More

Babybay on critics of FaZe’s aggressive playstyle: ‘We don’t actually play PUG-y at all’

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FaZe babybay

After a very successful run at Masters, FaZe Clan lost against Sentinels on Friday, pushing them to the lower bracket, but they will get a shot at a rematch in the grand finals if they can win Saturday.  Andrej “babybay” Francisty has been one of the most exciting players to watch at Masters. He makes incredible plays including attacking his … Read More

TenZ says ‘it would definitely be a consideration’ if given the chance to join Sentinels permanently

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Jay “sinatraa” Won’s sudden suspension from competing at Masters following allegations made by his ex-girlfriend left a giant hole in Sentinels’ roster. Social media went wild with speculation around who was going to replace sinatraa for the tournament.  On Thursday, a day before they were set to compete at Masters, Sentinels announced Tyson “TenZ” Ngo would be coming out of … Read More

Immortals coach Packing10 on his ever-changing roster: ‘We think synergy is a myth’

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Immortals’ VALORANT team qualified for the first North American VALORANT Masters tournament after placing third at the Challengers 2 closed qualifier, solidifying their spot as a top-eight team in North America. They’re led by head coach and general manager Michael “Packing10” Szklanny, who began his coaching career in Overwatch with Hammers Esports before joining Immortals Gaming Club to coach the … Read More

Why a Cloud9 player was the key to Dignitas’ offseason roster strategy

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Dignitas Aphromoo

As teams like Cloud9 and TSM continue to succeed in the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS), a couple of surprise teams have taken residence near the top of the standings — 100 Thieves and Dignitas. The current 100 Thieves roster is continuing the late-season success of the 2020 Golden Guardians, but Dignitas is succeeding with a brand new core … Read More

XSET making their mark through VALORANT success, commitment to diversity

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When VALORANT esports events started popping up last year, XSET was largely unknown. Many of the teams that esports fans were familiar with started announcing rosters and entering tournaments. Household names such as Sentinels, Cloud9, TSM, Immortals and Envy were considered to be among the top teams going into the NA Valorant Champions Tour.  XSET, on the other hand, was … Read More

100 Thieves rise to top of LCS with cohesion, camaraderie

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100 Thieves LCS

The League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) is two weeks in and the top teams are beginning to settle in, but perhaps none better than 100 Thieves. Other teams with rebuilt rosters are also beginning to rise up in the LCS, but 100 Thieves are built to succeed this year because of a roster that features four out of five … Read More