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.

Roster Changes


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 Lakia to Vision Strikers Vision Strikers Korea Rank #1 Lakia Kim Jong-min (김종민) stax Kim Gu-taek Rb Goo Sang-Min (구상민) k1Ng Lee Seung-won BuZz Yu Byung-chul (유병철) MaKo Kim Myeong Gwan . 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 Inactive Efina Kim Nak-yeon (김낙연) Esperanza Jeong Jin-choel (정진철) zunba Kim Joon-hyuk (김준혁) fiveK Yoo Sung-min (유성민) Bunny Chae Joon-hyuk (채준혁) and Unknown Unknown Korea Rank #7 Moothie Yoo Seung-Woo (유승우) GODLIKE Lee Seo-ha (이서하) RyZzi Jung Ki-jin (정기진) INTER LuZ Lim Ui-jun (임의준) 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 #4 TS Yu Tae-seok (유태석) exy Park Geun-cheol (박근철) SeliG Um Hyun-sung JinboongE Kim Jin-won (김진원) Meteor Kim Tae-O (김태오) and DAMWON Gaming DAMWON Gaming Korea Rank #3 Jeong Hi Jeong-Ha Lee Eugene Kim Su-yeong (김수영) t3xture Kim Na-ra (김나라) Secret Kim Ha-jin (김하진) iNTRO Kang Seung-gyun (강승균) 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.

Other news

  • 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.

bleghfarec, tamagao, and Hudsen contributed to this recap.