OFF//SEASON tournaments are kicking off and Game Changers events are coming to a close, but the Valorant world has continued to produce new headlines. Here's what you might have missed this past week in Valorant news.
This week's recap covers news from October 16 - October 21.
- Last Week: News Almost Missed Oct. 15
- Nearest Airport Nearest Airport North America Rank #106 welcomed Timothy "ZK" Ly for the October edition of the Knights Monthly Gauntlet. However, with the team's recent playoff exit from the event, the team has disbanded.
- Knights Academy Knights Academy Inactive bid farewell to Chris "riku" Piasecki.
- / Karel "Twisten" Ašenbrener departed from BIG BIG Inactive after one year with the organization. He recently helped the team qualify for the main event of Red Bull Home Ground #3 over KOI KOI Europe Rank #89 .
- Case Esports Case Esports Europe Rank #22 bid farewell to Berkant "Wolfen" Joshkun and Head Coach Alex "goked" Kie. The latter has been rumored to be joining KOI KOI Europe Rank #89 as an Assistant Coach for the 2023 season.
- / who cars? who cars? Inactive made Conrad "Radski" Micheal Raduchowski an official member of their roster ahead of VCL: Polaris.
- Keyd Stars Keyd Stars Brazil Rank #7 released their whole roster ahead of the 2023 franchise season. The team recently placed top four at the South America LCQ and was a top contender within the 2022 Brazil Circuit.
- / FUSION FUSION Latin America North Rank #1 welcomed new coaching staff to the roster. Eugenio "Kam1kaze" Tomás Mongi took the role as Head Coach and Mike "Bassoid" Lobo as Assistant Coach.
- / BLEED BLEED Asia-Pacific Rank #2 welcomed Wong "JayH" Jia Heng to their roster in place of Tyler "Juicy" James Aeria due to the latter having ongoing study commitments. They also moved Abhishek "GodspeedxD" Bajaj from Coach to Assistant Coach.
- / Revenant Esports Revenant Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #27 welcomed a new head coach to the team in Yoon "Malix" Kyung-ho (윤경호). He joins the team after coaching CERBERUS Esports CERBERUS Esports Inactive throughout 2021 and most of 2022.
- Alehandro "Nakya" Fabian Simanjorang has parted with Bigetron Arctic Bigetron Arctic Inactive and has joined Alter Ego Alter Ego Asia-Pacific Rank #15 ahead of the 2023 season.
- Yusuke "mun" Ota departed the roster of REJECT REJECT Japan Rank #19 following his contract expiring with the organization.
Results & Standings
- Game Changers Series III: North America winner: Cloud9 White Cloud9 White Inactive | runner-up: Shopify Rebellion GC Shopify Rebellion GC North America Rank #169
- VEU - Weekly Cup #5 winner: Enterprise Esports Enterprise Esports Europe Rank #16 | runner-up: Anonymo Esports Anonymo Esports Inactive
- G-Loot Clash Main Event qualified teams from EU Open Qualifier: TENSTAR TENSTAR Inactive , DSYRE Elevate DSYRE Elevate Inactive , Enterprise Esports Enterprise Esports Europe Rank #16 , LANPACAN LANPACAN Inactive , bonk bonk Inactive , Team hz Team hz Europe Rank #73 , KPI Gaming KPI Gaming Europe Rank #69 , BRATAN MIX BRATAN MIX Inactive .
- Project V: A1 eSports Cup remaining teams: Unicorns of Love Unicorns of Love Europe Rank #50 , Into The Breach Protocol Into The Breach Protocol Inactive
- Campeonato de Elite Cup - Stage 2 winner: Arroz Arroz Inactive | runner-up: GTZ Esports GTZ Esports Inactive
- Game Changers Brazil - Series 2 winner: Team Liquid Brazil Team Liquid Brazil Brazil Rank #27 | runner-up: Before Before Inactive
- Champions Tour Game Changers LATAM: Regional Finals remaining teams: FiRePOWER FiRePOWER Latin America North Rank #12 , KRÜ BLAZE KRÜ BLAZE Latin America South Rank #7 .
- Valorant AGS Cup remaining teams: SunXet Club SunXet Club Inactive , 9z Team 9z Team Latin America South Rank #2 .
- Daejeon Valorant Invitational winner: DRX DRX Korea Rank #1 | runner-up: Team Secret Team Secret Asia-Pacific Rank #13
- Game Changers East Asia: Qualifier winner: FENNEL GC FENNEL GC Japan Rank #36 | runner-up: SPEAR GAMING Female SPEAR GAMING Female Inactive
Other News & Rumours
- Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses North America Rank #1 are in talks to sign Ethan "Ethan" Arnold, according to a report from Dot Esports. He will take the spot that Phat "supamen" Le would have filled in the roster as negotiations went stagnant between EG and FaZe.
- In another report from Dot Esports, it was revealed that Zander "thwifo" Kim would be joining NRG Esports NRG Esports North America Rank #3 as their sixth man. He joins the team after playing on T1 T1 Korea Rank #3 for all of 2022. He will join the rumored OpTic Gaming OpTic Gaming Inactive core, ardiis , s0m and Coach Chet on the team.
- / According to Bo Hoogland and FlyNN, G2 Esports G2 Esports Inactive are interested in building a North American lineup for the Ascension League. While the organization's candidates for a potential roster have not solidified, trials are expected to be held in the near future. This comes after they were denied entrance to the 2023 franchised league when controversy surfaced involving previous CEO Carlos Rodriguez.
- Giants Gaming Giants Gaming Europe Rank #12 , one of three organizations representing Spain in the EMEA League look to make more moves. It was reported last week that they are looking to sign ex-Gen.G IGL Emir "rhyme" Muminovic. The team now has its eyes on former G2 Esports G2 Esports Inactive player Aaro "hoody" Peltokangas and coach Daniil "pipsoN" Mesheryakov, according to Blix.GG.
Hudsen contributed to this recap.