VLR.gg's 10th edition of News Almost Missed is here, bundling stories from around the world that didn't make it into a full article.
- Read more: August 27 recap
- / SCARZ SCARZ Asia-Pacific Rank #22 have announced the departure of "INPA" . He has been with the team since the beginning of Stage 3, but has failed to advance out of the group stages in Challengers 1 and 2.
- Team Exploit Team Exploit Asia-Pacific Rank #35 captain Areeb "Storax" Rehman has left the team. This announcement comes after Team Exploit finished third in the Valorant Conquerors Championship playoffs. In the lower final, they were knocked out by Global Esports Global Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #6 , who went on to take first place and claim a spot in the APAC Last Chance Qualifier.
- Wave Esports Wave Esports Europe Rank #23 have announced they are looking to rebuild their roster in light of the benchings of Sigurd "Zik" Jensen, Robertas "Carcass" Mikuckis, and Mathias "SEIDER" Seider.
- / The LDN UTD LDN UTD Europe Rank #33 core of Geoff "m1sfit" Woodward, Jack "kpiz" Pragnell, Josh "neph" Munro, and Adam "Jesse" Čtvrtníček have all been benched from the team while the roster undergoes a rebuild. The rebuild will be led by head coach Tommaso "joYnt" Gavioli, and comes after the team exited Dreamhack Beyond: Europe in the fourth round of the lower bracket after a run in with Gambit Esports.
- / Team SMG Team SMG Asia-Pacific Rank #17 have parted ways with head coach Chong "Fayde" Hoc Wah. In VCT Malaysia & Singapore Stage 3 Challengers 2, Team SMG failed to qualify for Stage 3 Challengers 3 after they fell to Louvre in the second round of the lower bracket.
- / Acend Acend Europe Rank #2 have added former Rix.GG Thunder Rix.GG Thunder Europe Rank #19 analyst Laika "la1KA" Lewis to their coaching staff ahead of Masters: Berlin.
- BBL Esports have announced their female roster, BBL Queens. It consists of the roster formerly known as XuWuX XuWuX Europe Rank #0 , and features "Banshee" , "eva" , "Dilâra" , "Cassiex3" , "Xecriona" , and coach "t1n" .
- Former World Game Star World Game Star Korea Rank #6 player Lim "Has1ra14" Hyuk has announced that he has left the organization and is looking for a new team. This comes after WGS finished 5th-8th in Stage 3 Challengers Korea.
- William "Will" Cheng has revealed that he is being allowed to explore team options outside of Built By Gamers Built By Gamers North America Rank #18 . He joined BBG in late October 2020 alongside Joseph "Bjor" Bjorklund, and has been a frequent attendee of Nerd Street Gamers events.
- Another frequent NSG attendee, Renegades Renegades North America Rank #24 , have announced the departure of Justin "Jerk" Milani. He has been with the team since June, and with Renegades has claimed a first place victory in the NSG Summer Championship Open 9 and second place finish in the event prior.
- The group stages of LVP Rising Series #3 have concluded. Team Finest Team Finest Europe Rank #16 , Giants Gaming Giants Gaming Europe Rank #3 , SUPRMODE Gaming SUPRMODE Gaming Europe Rank #35 , Movistar Riders Movistar Riders Europe Rank #34 , TENSTAR TENSTAR Europe Rank #8 , Fnatic Fnatic Europe Rank #6 , and SAW SAW Europe Rank #26 have all advanced to the playoff bracket and will compete for circuit points and cash prizes. Notably absent is Acend, who, despite making the top eight, have dropped out of the competition due to scheduling conflicts with the tournament and Masters: Berlin.
- BBL Esports BBL Esports Europe Rank #32 have claimed first place in the ESA Open Fire All Stars playoffs after defeating Kafalar eSports Kafalar eSports Europe Rank #63 in the grand finals. Over the course of the tournament, BBL only dropped two maps. One against Kafalar, and another against Fire Flux Esports Fire Flux Esports Europe Rank #43 .
Matches to Watch
- The LVLEAGUE JAPANBRAWL playoffs are set to begin, with Hexad Hexad Asia-Pacific Rank #57 and CNCI BLUE BEES CNCI BLUE BEES Asia-Pacific Rank #41 headlining the first match of the playoffs, while the match between Icicle Conflict Icicle Conflict Asia-Pacific Rank #129 and FAV gaming FAV gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #49 will follow it.
- Four teams remain in the Yuvin Valorant Invitational Cup top eight: Team XO Team XO Asia-Pacific Rank #26 , Enigma Gaming Enigma Gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #24 , Team Valor Team Valor Asia-Pacific Rank #61 , and Team Cohesion Team Cohesion Asia-Pacific Rank #173 . Team XO and Enigma Gaming are set to clash in the first of two semifinals matches, with Team Valor and Team Cohesion's match taking place afterwards.
- The FGC Valorant Invitational main event is set to begin. Tales of Eastern Tales of Eastern China Rank #1 , China's second highest ranked team in the Asia-Pacific rankings, will face off against KONE KONE China Rank #4 . After that, China's highest ranked team, Totoro Gaming Totoro Gaming China Rank #2 , will play EDward Gaming EDward Gaming China Rank #3 for a spot in the upper final.
- Former Entropiq Entropiq Inactive player Timo "Taimou" Kettunen has announced that he will be stepping back from competing in esports, marking a break in his esports career that began in 2012 with Team Fortress 2, and blossomed after the release of Overwatch, where he eventually competed in the Overwatch League until announcing his retirement from the game in mid-2020.
- According to a rumor from Arran "Halo" Spake, renowned Danish esports team Astralis have begun searching for a point of entry into the European Valorant scene. Recently, the team announced their entry into North American Rainbow Six: Seige by signing Disrupt Gaming.