The Valorant world may be anxiously awaiting the start of Champions, but that didn't stop the creation of new headlines. Here's what you might have missed this past week.
This week's edition covers news from Aug 14 - Aug 20.
- Read more: News Almost Missed Aug 13
- / The members of Built By Gamers Academy Built By Gamers Academy Inactive announced that they have become unrestricted free agents from Built By Gamers. The squad is currently playing as The Silk Road The Silk Road North America Rank #22 .
- / OpTic Gaming OpTic Gaming Inactive head coach Chet "Chet" Singh announced that the two analysts that would be joining the team for their bootcamp in preparation for Champions are former SoaR SoaR Inactive head coach Benjamin "trainer" Bravo and former DSYRE DSYRE Europe Rank #22 analyst and assistant coach German "krueger" Yevseyev.
- / Bradley "ANDROID" Fodor revealed that his time with NRG Esports NRG Esports North America Rank #1 had come to a close.
- / MOUZ MOUZ Europe Rank #41 parted ways with James "Kryptix" Affleck, Joseph "Luzuh" Loose, and head coach Brandon "weber" Weber.
- / Team Vitality Team Vitality Europe Rank #10 substitute player YoZeii announced that he is looking to explore options with other teams while still under contract with the organization.
- / Team Queso Team Queso Europe Rank #37 welcomed Manuel "thinkii" Martinez as their new head coach.
- / Flynn joined Zero Tenacity Zero Tenacity Europe Rank #31 as the team's analyst.
- / Guild X Guild X Europe Rank #5 said goodbye to Victoria "victoria" Ukasova and welcomed Neslişah "ness" Demir as the final member of their roster.
- Mert "Mykoz" Demirci revealed that he was in search of new opportunities while still under contract with Fenerbahçe Esports Fenerbahçe Esports Europe Rank #36 .
- BBL Esports BBL Esports Europe Rank #12 parted ways with Melih "pAura" Karaduran and stand-in Caner "CyderX" Demir.
- SuperMassive Blaze SuperMassive Blaze Europe Rank #19 acquired two players from Fire Flux Esports' rosters: Asil "skylen" Yalçın from Fire Flux Young Fire Flux Young Europe Rank #138 and Ibrahim "SouhcNi" Sağır as a stand-in from the team's main roster.
- MIBR Female MIBR Female Inactive rounded out their roster with gabiTê .
- KRÜ Esports KRÜ Esports Latin America South Rank #2 said goodbye to substitute player Hector "wait" Paucay.
- / SCARZ SCARZ Japan Rank #6 welcomed the former BLUE BEES.ESP BLUE BEES.ESP Inactive core of TORANECO , Zenakukin , Jemkin , and Savva "Kr1stal" Fedorov to their team.
- / Reckoning Esports Reckoning Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #27 added Gaurav "CrosshaiR" Chabukswar and Woo "M4hogany" Sang-hoo (우상후) to their team as player and head coach respectively.
- / Xan , Gordon "DxN" Lek, and Rodman "Vera" Yap all announced that they were in search of new opportunities as free agents. The trio's departure leaves their former team, No Namers No Namers Asia-Pacific Rank #20 , with three active players.
- The former BearClaw Gaming BearClaw Gaming Inactive roster of Wong "JayH" Jia Heng, Henri "Flaring" Forichon, Bryce "bryce" Lee, and Joshua "joshh" Leow has dissolved, with all players in search of new teams as free agents.
- / Yousef "Hotsauz" Imad El-Yousef, Xavier "xavi8k" Juan, Zachary "BraiNfreeZe" Bajarias, and coach See "Evo" Wey Kang have left Bren Esports Bren Esports Inactive and entered free agency, with Hotsauz announcing his retirement from competition.
- W Streak Esports announced James "NoMan" Man as the newest member for the team's South Asia and Southeast Asian rosters.
- // Team RA'AD Team RA'AD MENA Rank #1 said goodbye to coach Alessandro "Tenebra" Marenzi and welcomed Cristian "Future" Duarte as a coach.
Results & Standings
- NSG Summer Championship 2022 finals playoffs qualified teams: Nearest Airport Nearest Airport North America Rank #20 , Ghost Gaming Ghost Gaming Inactive , Soniqs Soniqs North America Rank #16 , Teal Seam Teal Seam Inactive , ex-SoaR ex-SoaR North America Rank #13 , Oxygen Academy Oxygen Academy North America Rank #14 , VIRTUOSO VIRTUOSO North America Rank #24 , TSM Academy TSM Academy Inactive
- MCT Contenders Division LCQ playoffs qualified teams: SHIFT SHIFT North America Rank #26 , MapleStory MapleStory Inactive
- Rebels Final playoffs winner: Natus Vincere Celestials Natus Vincere Celestials Europe Rank #8 | runner-up: Supermassive Blaze Female Supermassive Blaze Female Europe Unranked
- TLF Series Cup 2022 winner: Movistar Optix Movistar Optix Latin America South Rank #4 | runner-up: OXEN OXEN Latin America South Rank #5
- VCT Game Changers LATAM South finals remaining teams: KRÜ Fem KRÜ Fem Latin America South Rank #12 , 9z Team Fem 9z Team Fem Latin America South Rank #43
- VCT Game Changers APAC LCQ remaining teams: X Team Bo X Team Bo Inactive , W Streak Esports Female W Streak Esports Female Inactive
- VCT Game Changers APAC Elite qualified teams (via LCQ): X10 Sapphire X10 Sapphire Asia-Pacific Rank #9
- The Esports Club Challengers Series 8 main event winner: Enigma Gaming Enigma Gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #13 | runner-up: Velocity Gaming Velocity Gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #8