CORRECTION: A previous version of the article did not clarify that SylFy of FAV gaming is currently inactive with LOB filling in for him. The article below has been updated to include this.
VLR is introducing a new weekly series: News Almost Missed. This series will cover notable news that was unable to make it into a full article from across the Valorant world.
This week, teams squeezed in their final roster moves before the start of VCT Stage 3. Other tournaments either wrapped up just before the start of Stage 3 or began as minor events within the VCT ecosystem.
- A mix of well-known French talent has come together to form Bonsoir Bonsoir Europe Rank #98 . The team includes two former Overwatch League players: Damien "HyP" Souville and SoOn . It also includes two former Tier 2 Overwatch players in Jeremy "Hqrdest" Danton and Theo "OniBy" Tarlier, the latter being SoOn's younger brother. The team's final player is Mathieu "LaAw" Plantin. HyP and LaAw recently played together on Entropiq, and OniBy was recently released from OG.
- CGN Esports CGN Esports Europe Rank #55 officially signed the core of CE Calling CE Calling Inactive . CE Calling qualified for the main event of Stage 2 Challengers 2 Europe before being eliminated by Team Liquid. CGN is bringing over "Shazeon" , Benjamin "BennY" Domgörgen, and Kenny "Luc1d" Gauthier Kühlmann from CE Calling. The organization has also signed Leon "Leon" Roesberg and Gianluca "xTribune" Oehme, the latter having previously played for Wave Esports. The roster will be coached by Sebastian "Sebe+" Kruft, the organization's previous coach, and Navid "Kapio" Javadi, who is most well-known for his decorated CS 1.6 career in which he won a number of premier tournaments with mousesports.
- Team Singularity Team Singularity Europe Rank #29 added Aleksey "slk" Lynksov to their coaching staff. He is the team's first official coach since Aleksandr "alexR" Kondratovitš left the team in May. He was signed alongside KARMA, who will be the team's manager.
- FAV gaming FAV gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #54 announced its new roster following the departure of four player players earlier in the week. The organization rebuilt the roster around Hisao "SylFy" Yone, the only player to remain with the team. All four new additions come from FIRST Gaming FIRST Gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #68 : Anthem , TORANECO , bazz , and kaminoco . LOB is currently standing in for SylFy. The organization hopes to repeat its Stage 2 performance, in which it finished in Japan's top four, with its new roster.
- Rix.GG Thunder Rix.GG Thunder Europe Rank #21 have officially signed Mikołaj "Mickebwoy" Chojnacki following weeks of trials. The Polish Sova's resume includes stints with THOSE GUYS THOSE GUYS Inactive and HONK HONK Inactive .
- Danny "huynh" Huynh debuted as a trial player for Ghost Gaming Ghost Gaming North America Rank #14 in the opening round of North America's first Challengers event of Stage 3. He played Sova in each of the team's four maps. He played Jett for most of his time on Gen.G Gen.G North America Rank #9 . He split with Gen.G in June after representing the organization for more than a year.
- Luminosity Luminosity North America Rank #8 , a team that has recently finished its massive roster overhaul for Stage 3, has parted ways with their Head Coach Benjamin "trainer" Bravo, who first joined the organization in August of 2020. Jared "mac" Schneider has assumed the role of Head Coach in his place.
- TERROR.NET TERROR.NET Inactive , the former B4 eSports B4 eSports Inactive squad, signed with Stars Horizon. They'll open Brazil's Stage 3: Challengers 1 against Vikings, playing against FURIA or SLICK after that.
- Cloud9 White Cloud9 White North America Rank #47 dominated Game Changers Series II to take home $20,000 in grand prize winnings. The team has won both Game Changers tournaments this year and won the one women's tournament event in the Ignition Series, the FTW Summer Showdown, prior to their signing. The team has won $85,000 over the three tournaments and have yet to lose a match. CLG Red CLG Red North America Rank #104 finished second once again — the team's same result in the first Game Changers tournament.
- ez5 ez5 Inactive and Noble Noble Inactive finished first and second respectively in the June Qualifier for the NSG Summer Championship to qualify for the main event. They are the fifth and sixth teams to qualify for the event, joining Renegades Renegades North America Rank #15 , Soniqs Soniqs North America Rank #13 , Complexity Complexity North America Rank #20 , and Rise Rise North America Rank #10 . The new Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses North America Rank #32 roster and Insight Insight Inactive each finished short of qualification this time around by one map in the semifinals.
- The first open qualifier for the Stage 3 of the Oceania Tour completed with a 2-0 victory for ORDER ORDER Oceania Rank #1 over Wildcard Gaming Wildcard Gaming Oceania Rank #2 in the grand final. This is a flip of the Stage 2 results, when Wildcard Gaming beat ORDER 3-0 in the grand final. The tournament is the Valorant Champions Tour event for Oceania.
- Season 2 of the Strike Arabia Championship began opening round play. Teams that win their sub-regions will advance to the Strike Arabia Finals to play for an EMEA Last Chance qualifier.
- Remember Kirill "Cloud" Nehozhin, that player who was recently signed by Natus Vincere Natus Vincere Europe Rank #39 ? Well, they're playing in the VCT CIS qualifier with No Pressure No Pressure Inactive who, after narrowly falling 2-0 to Gambit Esports Gambit Esports Europe Rank #8 , have qualified for the CIS Challengers Main Event over tyeasy tyeasy Europe Rank #38 . They're currently not playing for an org right now, so no pressure on them or anything.
- Nathan "NBK" Schmitt announced his switch to Valorant. The former french pro CS:GO player spent years at the top of the game representing teams like Envy, G2, Vitality and OG. He won two Majors and lifted several other international trophies, considered among the top 20 players of Valve's FPS from 2013 to 2015.
- Another CS:GO Major winner, Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye, also announced his retirement from CS:GO. However, while there is much anticipation in the community for his transition to Valorant, his statement makes no reference to continuing within esports.
- The first Indian qualifier for the Valorant Conquerors Championship has kicked off, spread across ten days. VLR.gg will be covering the Top 16 of the qualifier bracket, with coverage varying for the other regions.