The new year is here and the new VCT season is approaching rapidly. Even with the fast pace, the Valorant world doesn't stop creating new headlines. Here's what you might have missed this past week in Valorant news.
This week's edition covers news from Jan. 01 - Jan. 07
- Last Week: News Almost Missed Dec. 31
- / "keenc" and "PowerPixele" announced their benching from Complexity GX3 Complexity GX3 North America Unranked as they search for new opportunities.
- Ninjas in Pyjamas entered the European GC scene signing the core from Rix.GG Lightning Rix.GG Lightning Inactive .
- Acend Acend Europe Rank #33 released Vakaris "vakk" Bebravičius.
- / Milan "Milan" de Meij joined Giants Gaming Giants Gaming Europe Rank #24 as their analyst following his release from Acend the day prior.
- UCAM Tokiers UCAM Tokiers Europe Rank #98 released three inactive members in Adam "adm1k" Siemieniec, Maks "kamyk" Rychlewski, and Alexandre "Phatt" Silva. In their absence, the team signed Sammy "iDex" Van de Weghe, Eloy "YuNo" García Burgueño, Ramses "Famsii" Koivukangas, and Karel "Flickless" Maeckelbergh.
- who cars? who cars? Europe Rank #67 parted ways with longstanding Assistant Coach/Analyst Adrian "NFist" Czerniło.
- VCL France: Révolution announced Valorians Valorians Inactive ' signing to 3DMAX 3DMAX Europe Rank #209 .
- Longstanding Finish team, OnlyFins OnlyFins Inactive has announced the departure of their roster.
- SAW SAW Europe Rank #7 welcomed an all-new Portuguese roster after a year away from the scene. The roster consists of the core from Arroz Arroz Inactive , as well as Eduardo "Addicted" Torres and David "Fizzy" Figueiredo.
- GTZ Esports GTZ Esports Europe Rank #11 have signed the former DSYRE DSYRE Europe Rank #29 and Ian "k1zpawn" Rebelo for 2023.
- Annika "mediKa" Lambertz announced her departure from Acend Rising Acend Rising Europe Unranked .
- / Team Queso Team Queso Europe Rank #40 announced the arrival of Alberto "neptuNo" González, Joona "H1ber" Parviainen, Mario "PoPiFresH" González, and Christian "lowel" García Antorán for their 2023 roster.
- NOM Esports NOM Esports Europe Rank #226 promoted their junior team to the main roster ahead of VCL East.
- Fenerbahçe Esports Fenerbahçe Esports Europe Rank #32 welcomed an all-Turkish 2023 roster.
- B4 Angels B4 Angels Inactive announced the departure of Camila "sayuri" Obam.
- Oasis Gaming Oasis Gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #23 rebuilt their roster ahead of the 2023 VCL season.
- Team RA'AD Team RA'AD MENA Rank #1 parted with Omar "chrollo" Hussein.
- BOOM Esports BOOM Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #3 welcomed Thomas "Cud" Alfiantino to their 2023 roster.
- YaLLa Esports YaLLa Esports Inactive parted with the remainder of their roster.
- DRX DRX Korea Rank #1 announced the transfer of Kang "BeYN" Ha-bin (강하빈) to Maru Gaming Maru Gaming Korea Rank #7 .
- In more DRX DRX Korea Rank #1 news, the team has extended the contracts of their coaching staff aswell as Kim "Zest" Ki-seok (김기석), Goo "Rb" Sang-Min (구상민), and Kim "MaKo" Myeong-gwan (김명관) until 2026.
- DRX Changers DRX Changers Japan Unranked welcomed a sixth player to round out their roster in "YuRiHaNa" .
Results & Standings
- / CVH Winter Warmup Invitational winner: TAMU Maroon TAMU Maroon North America Rank #6 | runner-up: UWaterloo Gold UWaterloo Gold North America Unranked
- BEACON Open Split 2: Finals - Division 1 remaining teams: VAMONOS VAMONOS Europe Rank #45 , Les Petit Bouffons Les Petit Bouffons Europe Rank #26
- BEACON Open Split 2: Finals - Division 2 remaining teams: valozone valozone Europe Rank #124 , GOODFOR2 GOODFOR2 Europe Rank #46
- BEACON Open Split 2: Finals - Division 3 winner: YUNGSTARZ YUNGSTARZ Europe Rank #62 | runner-up: BROTHAS BROTHAS Europe Rank #155
- Project V: XMG Sector Cup #2 winner: Dogs Dogs Inactive | runner-up: Laterious Laterious Europe Unranked
- VEU S2 - Stage 1 WC#1 winner: armani briefs armani briefs Europe Rank #42 | runner-up: incognito incognito Europe Rank #64
- / VCL Malaysia/Signapore's open qualifiers kicked off.
- VCL Indonesia began their open qualifiers.
- / VCL Taiwan/Hong Kong started their open qualifier.
- VALORANT Vietnam: Rising Stars entered their first week of competition.
Other News & Rumours
- A report by Dot Esports has detailed that Jovanni "Jovi" Vera is set to return to North American coaching with Evil Geniuses GC Evil Geniuses GC North America Rank #148 . Upon his arrival, Christine "potter" Chi will be relieved of her head coach duties as she prepares the male roster for VCT Americas.
- In another report by Dot Esports, many details were released about free-agent teams approaching the first Open Qualifier. Disguised Disguised North America Rank #9 has been signed by Disguised Toast's organization, STEALING LUNCH MONEY STEALING LUNCH MONEY Inactive is set to get picked up by Indian team OREsports, as well as the deal with Dark Ratio Dark Ratio North America Rank #7 and MAD Lions MAD Lions Inactive has potentially fallen through.
- According to a report by Blix.GG, ex- FNATIC FNATIC Europe Rank #2 players Enzo "Enzo" Mestari, Martin "MAGNUM" Penkov, and James "Mistic" Orfila have reached a verbal agreement to play for Apeks in the 2023 Polaris League.
- Another report by Blix.GG has detailed that DAMWON Gaming DAMWON Gaming Inactive are set to add Ko "Sylvan" Young-sub (고영섭) to their VCL Korea roster. The team will operate as a six-man roster, although there is uncertainty about how long the six will last.