News Almost Missed has returned for its second week! News Almost Missed is a series that bundles notable news from around the world that were unable to make it into a full article.
This week saw roster changes for Giants Gaming, Knights, and CLG Red take place while most of the Valorant world has had their attention on the first Challengers main events of Stage 3.
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- Illuminar Gaming Illuminar Gaming Inactive have dropped Chakalaka Chakalaka Europe Rank #49 "by mutual agreement of the parties". The Polish organization had signed the squad after VCT Stage 1: Challengers 2, where they finished a game away from the Main Event. They were twice again close to a VCT event and shy of several minor trophies between Stages. Their start to Stage 3 was abruptly ended by Rhyno Esports Rhyno Esports Europe Rank #141 in the top 256.
- It's not all bad news on the Polish front, with YAZDA YAZDA Inactive becoming Anonymo Esports Anonymo Esports Europe Rank #154 's Valorant roster. While they haven't found any recent success in VCT, national tournaments like the Beloud Cups have seen constant good showings from them, only once finishing below the top four and winning the fourth one. They hope to bring Poland to the high stages again, considering themselves "a breath of fresh air" for their scene.
- Giants Gaming Giants Gaming Europe Rank #5 have lost Ričardas "Boo" Lukaševičius and Michał "MOLSI" Łącki, after a long tenure with the squad. Boo has spent the majority of his Valorant career this far with the current Giants roster, while MOLSI became known in Entropiq and Finest. Both playes were benched by the organization, with Giants now having until July 20 to lock in their new players.
- Claudia "clawdia" Che's signing with CLG Red CLG Red North America Rank #104 has been made official, with clawdia rounding out the women's roster after a five month stint in the mixed EG roster. Before her departure from EG was made public, clawdia was seen playing in VCT GC Series II with CLG Red. The team placed second in the event, falling to the almost-flawless Cloud9 White Cloud9 White North America Rank #47 .
- Knights Knights North America Rank #24 have brought on two new members: Bryan "MAKKA" Drouillard and Jonathan "silenx" Huntington. Both players played with the Knights during the most recent VCT North America stage, but silenx is slightly more acquainted with the team, as he has been competing with the team since June.
- After a little under a year, Time In Time In Inactive has clocked out. The team has parted ways, ending the much-watched project. Originally formed around Tyler "Ninja" Blevins in the Valorant beta, the team has struggled to remain competitive through the first two stages of the Champions Tour. In their Stage 3 debut, they were immediately eliminated in the Round of 128 by Professional Malders, ending the team on a sour note. Call it luck.
- The 10th open tournament of the NSG Summer Championship included three notable organizations: Immortals Immortals North America Rank #16 , DarkZero Esports DarkZero Esports North America Rank #21 , and Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses North America Rank #32 . It was Immortals' first appearance in the NSG Summer Championship. DarkZero ended the tournament as its runner-ups, while EG went out in the quarterfinals and Immortals were eliminated in the Ro16.
- SEA's Masters Reykjavik reps X10 Esports X10 Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #1 lost in the semifinals of Thailand's Challengers 1. Fear not, X10 fans, they still have a shot at making a lower bracket run off of a pep talk from injured superstar Patiphan "Patiphan" Chaiwong.
- The LAS playoffs will feature some familiar faces: KRÜ Esports KRÜ Esports Latin America Rank #4 and Australs Australs Latin America Rank #9 were the two teams to qualify for the sub-region's Stage 3 playoffs after Challengers 1. The two are Latin America South's highest rated teams.
- The little-known MTP Esport MTP Esport Inactive boxed Alliance Alliance Europe Rank #19 out from main event qualification in Open Tour France's summer qualifier.
- An eight-group open qualifier has determined the eight teams who will play in the main event of VCT Japan Stage 3: Challengers 1. The region's juggernauts, ZETA DIVISION ZETA DIVISION Asia-Pacific Rank #3 and Crazy Raccoon Crazy Raccoon Asia-Pacific Rank #2 , marched through their groups without dropping a match and were placed into separate groups for the main event.
- The first Indian qualifier for the Valorant Conquerors Championship is underway, with the bracket down to the last four teams.
Matches to watch
- The Champions Tour's Challengers stage in Korea has kicked off as the region enters a new era, kicked off by the return of
. The seeding stage for the group stage will begin later this week, which will decide the GSL groups for the next stage. Here are the matches to watch:
- F4Q F4Q Korea Rank #5 and Unknown Unknown Korea Rank #9 will open in the Round of 16. F4Q has remained strong contenders in the Korean scene, having previously made deep runs in First Strike and the Korean Champions Tour before being eliminated by Vision Strikers and DAMWON Gaming. Unknown, on the other hand, is a newly-formed mix, consisting of Korean free agents with experience ranging from TNL Esports, LAG Gaming, Crazy Hamster, to ZFGaming.
- TNL Esports TNL Esports Korea Rank #3 and DAMWON Gaming DAMWON Gaming Korea Rank #4 are set up to clash in the quarterfinals of their bracket section. While the game does not have any significant ramifications, it will be the first Bo3 series between the two, having previously tied in two two-map matches. The two are both in contention for the third place ranking in Korea, with NUTURN and Vision Strikers firmly in the top two currently.
- After five months on Triumph's CS:GO roster, Austin "Cooper" Abadir has made his switch to Valorant official, citing the decision as bittersweet but that "sometimes you've got to adapt and move on." The younger brother of Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir, Cooper has a storied career in MDL, notably playing on Swole Patrol, eUnited, and the aforementioned Triumph.