The LCQs are in full swing, but that didn't stop the rest of the Valorant world from creating new headlines. Here's what you might have missed this past week.
This week's edition covers news from July 31 - August 6.
- Read more: News Almost Missed July 30
- Austin "Morgausse" Etue rounded out Native Gaming Black Native Gaming Black North America Rank #52 's roster as the team's new in-game leader.
- Arctic Arctic Inactive parted ways with their full roster.
- Following the team's fourth place finish in the VRL 2022 finals, Angry Titans Angry Titans Europe Rank #28 parted ways with their roster.
- / Maks "kamyk" Rychlewski announced that his contract with Rebels Gaming Rebels Gaming Europe Rank #17 had been mutually terminated, and that he is now in search of a new team as a free agent.
- / Konstantinos "tsack" Theodoropoulos revealed that he had parted ways with Team Queso Team Queso Europe Rank #30 and is now looking for a new team to play with.
- BBL Queens BBL Queens Europe Rank #32 welcomed Mert "Mertenstein" Bengiloglu to their team as coach.
- Supermassive Blaze Female Supermassive Blaze Female Europe Rank #18 said goodbye to Irmak "River" Peküz, who joined Natus Vincere Celestials Natus Vincere Celestials Europe Rank #8 to round out their roster.
- Marcella "Cellax" Ferreira announced her departure from MIBR Female MIBR Female Brazil Rank #55 and entrance into free agency.
- Los Grandes Los Grandes Brazil Rank #7 welcomed Dyamond "phonics" Pillon as the team's new head coach.
- / Ahead of the team's first matches in the South American LCQ, 9z Team 9z Team Latin America South Rank #3 welcomed Benjamin "bnj" Rabinovich, Giulliano "Tuli" Pozo Massone, coach Romanilly , and analyst Ruzk to their team.
- / FUSION FUSION Latin America North Rank #2 bolstered their coaching staff by adding Alex "Fadeout" Argüello and Jovanni "Jovi" Vera as assistant coach and analyst respectively, with the latter joining FUSION for the South American LCQ.
- / Shortly after Yuto "Xdll" Mizomori's loan to ZETA DIVISION ZETA DIVISION Japan Rank #1 for Champions, BLUE BEES.ESP BLUE BEES.ESP Inactive parted ways with Savva "Kr1stal" Fedorov, Jemkin , and TORANECO .
- FENNEL FENNEL Inactive officially bid farewell to coach Relife .
- / REJECT REJECT Japan Rank #4 rounded out their roster with Kang "iNTRO" Seung-gyun (강승균), Anthem , head coach Yoshinori "KeNNy" Minami, and analyst mikke .
- / SCARZ SCARZ Japan Rank #5 transferred Anthem to REJECT REJECT Japan Rank #4 and parted ways with the rest of their roster.
- Nigma Galaxy parted ways with their male and female rosters.
- REIGN REIGN Oceania Rank #5 bolstered their roster with former Bonkers Bonkers Oceania Rank #2 players Lewis "WAT" Watson and Michael "M1kE" Smith, with the latter joining the organization as a content creator.
- / Piercer Esports Piercer Esports MENA Rank #25 welcomed Shoeib "fts" Elfahham as the team's new head coach.
- / Geekay Esports Geekay Esports MENA Rank #3 recently said goodbye to Marouane "rheat" Mask.
Results & Standings
- Knights Monthly Gauntlet 2022 July winner: Dark Ratio Dark Ratio North America Rank #9 | runner-up: Knights Academy Knights Academy North America Rank #26
- Mystic Singularity Series #1 playoffs remaining teams: Nearest Airport Nearest Airport North America Rank #20 , Lycus Empire Lycus Empire North America Rank #44 , H34DHUNT3RZ H34DHUNT3RZ Inactive , Team Revenge Team Revenge Inactive
- NOM Invitational #2 winner: Rapid Ninjas Rapid Ninjas Europe Rank #21 | runner-up: Anorthosis Famagusta Esports Anorthosis Famagusta Esports Europe Rank #51
- / VCT Game Changers LATAM finals (LATAM South) remaining teams: KRÜ Fem KRÜ Fem Latin America South Rank #12 , NOORG NOORG Latin America South Rank #43 , Cruzados Esports Female Cruzados Esports Female Latin America South Rank #258 , 9z Team Fem 9z Team Fem Latin America South Rank #45
- VCT Game Changers Japan playoffs remaining teams: FENNEL HOTELAVA FENNEL HOTELAVA Japan Rank #52 , Reignite Lily Reignite Lily Japan Rank #142
- VCT Asia-Pacific LCQ remaining teams: BOOM Esports BOOM Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #3 , ONIC G ONIC G Inactive
Other News & Rumors
- According to Dexerto reporter Declan McLaughlin, Built By Gamers' Valorant and Halo squads are owed salary payments equaling over $10,000. The organization's former Halo squad is only owed their final month of payment, while the Valorant team is owed multiple months of salary, despite being under contract. Sources referenced in the article have pointed to issues with their parent company, Rivulet Media, as the reason for the organization's financial woes. Despite the reports of a "legal battle" between the two parties, BBG told Dexerto that they were not in a legal battle with "any parent company" and noted that the delay in payments was due to "a short-term deferral in investor funding" and that "all players will receive any payment they are owed".
- / A report from Bo "BoDork" Hoogland has detailed the new roster of Sector One Sector One Europe Rank #174 . According to the report, Robbie "RobbieBk" Boerkamp and Calvin "333MAGiK" Spaaij are set to round out Sector One's roster.
- / According to Jakub "frs" Czapran, the unnamed traditional football team that was a part of the 21 total teams for the next round of EMEA franchising is AS Monaco, a French soccer team based in Monaco. The announcement comes after Alejandro "anonimotum" Gomis's report on the organizations that had advanced to the next round of EMEA franchising on July 29.
- According to a report from Bo "BoDork" Hoogland, DRX DRX Korea Rank #1 are testing multiple former Desperado Desperado Inactive players for an academy roster. The candidates named for the roster's upcoming appearance in UTAGE5 include Park "Felix" Hyeon-ho (박현호), Kim "Secret" Ha-jin (김하진), Kang "BeYN" Ha-bin (강하빈), Kim "CoSa" Jin-hyeong (김진형), Vow , and MiKa.
- ZETA DIVISION Women ZETA DIVISION Women Japan Rank #101 player flappy was found to have shared and boosted accounts, which has led to their dismissal from the team. Additionally, ZETA DIVISION Women pulled out of VCT Game Changers Japan following their playoffs berth. Reignite Lily Reignite Lily Japan Rank #142 took their place in the playoffs as the second placing team from Group C.
- A report from Bilyonaryo has revealed that Bren Esports CEO Bernard "Bren" Chong is wanted by local authorities for a connection to an alleged drug smuggling case. He has since come out to deny involvement in the case.