Team Vitality Team Vitality Europe Rank #3 have signed Salah "salah" Barakat, former OG LDN UTD OG LDN UTD Inactive coach, as their first 2023 pickup. As their Head Coach, Salah will help build Vitality's 2023 roster for the partnered VCT EMEA League.
Salah has been in the Valorant scene since its dawn, when he coached teams like bonk bonk Europe Rank #18 and FaZe Clan FaZe Clan North America Rank #7 . He returned to Europe under HONK HONK Inactive and Fire Flux Esports Fire Flux Esports Europe Rank #14 , helping build the latter into a top Turkish contender. Soon after, he joined Tundra Esports Tundra Esports Inactive , who had a stellar debut season in VRL Polaris — where they placed third after a loss to eventual champions EXCEL EXCEL Inactive — before disbanding. Salah returned to America for a short stint with Akrew Akrew Inactive , before getting his big break in Europe with OG LDN UTD.
With salah, OGLU went from a team whose best result had been placing top ten in both VCT EMEA: Challengers splits to a top-four team at the EMEA LCQ. They upset G2 Esports G2 Esports Inactive in the opening match but were knocked down to the lower bracket by M3 Champions M3 Champions Inactive , finding just one more win against Guild Esports Guild Esports Inactive before G2 got their revenge and eliminated OGLU from the tournament.
Team Vitality's 2021 was marked by lackluster VCT appearances, as they struggled to cement their place in the top flight of Europe. In 2022 they were unable to reach the VCT and had to settle for the French VRL, which they finished second in its first Stage. In Stage 2, Vitality won the league and earned a spot at the VRL Finals, where they placed second after a 3-2 loss to FUT Esports FUT Esports Europe Rank #5 .
Moving into 2023, Vitality are one of the ten partnered organizations for the VCT EMEA League, representing France alongside Karmine Corp Karmine Corp Europe Rank #92 . In recent weeks, the team has allowed three of its players to explore their options for 2023. Santeri "BONECOLD" Sassi and Jokūbas "ceNder" Labutis are the only players still locked to Vitality.