An underdog champion of First Strike: Europe, Heretics formed around Christian "lowel" Garcia Antoran in October of last year. The team later added RUBINO, a Counter-Strike veteran of teams such Dignitas, Heroic, and North, as a sixth at the start of the Valorant Champions Tour. The six-player lineup allowed the team to run map-specific compositions, helping Heretics reach the grand final of the Masters 1 against Acend Acend Europe Rank #4 , before narrowly losing 2-3.
To the surprise of many, Dustyn "nieSoW" Durnas decided to withdraw following Masters 1, citing personal issues as the cause. Heretics struggled in Stage 2, missing qualification for the continental finals in Challengers 1 after a defeat against Team BDS Team BDS Europe Rank #6 , before collapsing in Challengers 2, where they failed to reach the main event, falling to G2 Esports G2 Esports Europe Rank #8 just before.
Many European lineups are being rebuilt and no doubt many more changes and announcements are expected in the lull in competition before the start of Stage 3.