Game Changers competition is in full swing, but much more news happened all around the world. Here are some stories you might have missed, all bundled together in one place.
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- Ashton "Frosty" Rakoske has become the fifth player for Knights Knights North America Rank #26 . The team has been without a fifth since Terry "dsr" Rioux left the team about two months ago.
- / Ashley "Trill" Powell has revealed that due to visa complications, he will not longer be able to play with Built By Gamers Built By Gamers North America Rank #17 . While not an official member of the team, he has been on trial with the team since July in place of Tristan "Critical" Trinacty.
- Henry "Tsuya" Nguyen has departed DIVIZE DIVIZE Inactive following a group exit in the September Knights Monthly Gauntlet.
- DarkZero Esports DarkZero Esports North America Rank #22 have benched Nick "Harmon" Harmon. This roster change comes after former coach Zack "huuaw" Solomon split from the team last week.
- After being absent from the team's performance at Masters: Berlin, Envy Envy North America Rank #3 coach Michael "Mikes" Hockom has announced that he will no longer be working with the team due to "a 3 month period of waiting for a contract to be completed and a concerning lack of communication from the org". While not an official member of the team, he has been coaching the Envy roster since June.
- / Alend "Ale" Khalaf, formerly of EXCEL EXCEL Europe Rank #61 , has been released from the team. He will play with HSDIRR HSDIRR Inactive for the time being, who are slated to sign with KOVA KOVA Europe Rank #28 , according to sources close to VLR.gg.
- Giants also announced their entry into the European Game Changers scene, signing a Spanish roster under the Giants G4E Giants G4E Europe Rank #0 banner. The team failed to make it out of the Game Changers Series I: EMEA qualifier.
- Team Singularity have announced their female roster, Team Singularity Female Team Singularity Female Europe Rank #0 . The roster's first showing comprised of a top 16 exit in the first EMEA Game Changers event.
- Eternal Fire Eternal Fire Europe Rank #0 have also announced their entry into Valorant, bundling together five Turkish players from differing teams.
- Former DAMWON Gaming DAMWON Gaming Korea Rank #3 player Lee "Kelly" Tae-hyung has announced his retirement from competition.
- ZETA DIVISION ZETA DIVISION Asia-Pacific Rank #2 have suspended Takemori "takej" Shogo for three months for boosting accounts in game.
- FAV gaming FAV gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #41 have announced the departure of "kaminoco" and additions of xnfri and Phantom .
- / DETONATOR DETONATOR Asia-Pacific Rank #0 have announced a new roster consisting of FifTy , who came from the past iteration of DeToNator DeToNator Inactive , and new faces. The new members include Kosuke "Skyfull" Nishida, K1llgrave , TenzouEz , and Xiaonuo .
- / TSM X TSM X North America Rank #0 have made Karnthida "dodonut" Chaisrakeo an official member of the team. She joined in July on trial in place of Zoe. Additionally, the team has added Reptar to their coaching staff as an analyst.
- Wang "Jinggg" Jing Jie, formerly of Team SMG Team SMG Asia-Pacific Rank #17 , has now become a member of Paper Rex Paper Rex Asia-Pacific Rank #5 . He will be replacing Zhan "shiba" Teng Toh in the active lineup, with the latter now moving to a substitute role on the team.
- BOOM Esports BOOM Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #15 have announced that former XcN Gaming XcN Gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #28 player Muhammad "frostmind" Rafi Diandra will be joining them for the APAC LCQ.
- Bren Esports Bren Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #0 have begun building a new roster following the departure of their former roster, now known as Team Secret Team Secret Asia-Pacific Rank #4 . Their most recent announcement has revealed that Xavier "xavi8k" Juan is the first member of the team's new roster.
- The entire roster of Fox Gaming Fox Gaming MENA Rank #0 , one of MENA's top performing teams, has parted with the organization.
- Former Cloud9 Blue player Josh "shinobi" Abastado has temporarily joined Global Esports Global Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #9 as a coach. Shinobi will help "shape up" the team for the upcoming APAC LCQ.
- Cloud9 White Cloud9 White North America Rank #52 and Shopify Rebellion Shopify Rebellion North America Rank #61 are currently dominating Game Changers Series III: North America. Both teams have dismantled their upper bracket opponents, with Shopify Rebellion dropping the only map between both squads.
- LVP Rising Series #4's groups have concluded. While there are new names in the tournament and playoffs, there weren't many surprises in the tournament. Notably, Giants Gaming Giants Gaming Europe Rank #4 , SUPRMODE Gaming SUPRMODE Gaming Europe Rank #46 , Acend Acend Europe Rank #3 , and TENSTAR TENSTAR Europe Rank #8 have locked in their place in the Rising Series Finale, which is supposed to take place in Madrid near the end of this year.
- The Esports Club Gauntlet - Season 2 Playoffs saw an early exit from Global Esports Global Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #9 . Velocity Gaming Velocity Gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #7 and Enigma Gaming Enigma Gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #16 both bested the India representative in the APAC LCQ in the upper and lower bracket, respectively, which eliminated Global Esports from the tournament.
Matches to Watch
- In North America, Series III of the Game Changers circuit is nearing conclusion. The next matchday will see four lower bracket matches, with Cloud9 White Cloud9 White North America Rank #52 and Shopify Rebellion Shopify Rebellion North America Rank #61 fighting for the first grand final spot.
- The Esports Club Gauntlet - Season 2 is also approaching its end. After nearly a month of competition, only three teams remain. Team XO Team XO Asia-Pacific Rank #26 will face F1LS Esports F1LS Esports Inactive , who were knocked down by the former in the first round, in the lower bracket final. The winner will duke it out in the grand final against Velocity Gaming Velocity Gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #7 , who notably relegated Global Esports Global Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #9 and Team XO to the lower bracket.
- In conjunction with TEC, the national tournaments of Skyesports Championship 3.0 will all end this week. This includes tournaments for India, Pakistan/Afghanistan, Sri Lanka/Nepal/Bhutan, and Bangladesh/Maldives. Until October 4, several Main Event and all the Wildcard teams will be decided. The Wildcard event runs from October 5 to 7, holding the final slot for the Main Event.
- The KJC eSports Valorant Invitational is well underway in the Southeast Asian region. After the conclusion of the Group Stage on October 3, the second best team of each group will play the Last Chance Qualifier on October 4. Only two will leave the LCQ to reach the playoffs, which are scheduled between October 7 and October 10.
- In an official ruling by Riot, Sophia "slaze" Ramirez of Polaris Polaris North America Rank #0 has been banned from competing in Riot-sanctioned competition for three months. She was reportedly "found to have repeated queued together into Competitive with cheaters" and "In multiple instances, the cheater was banned mid-game, logged into a new account, and proceeded to requeue with Slaze, even after she had received a notification of cheater detection." slaze has rebuked this ruling, claiming that she has not played with cheaters nor played with players that have been banned for cheating.
- Former Heroic and North player Daniel "mertz" Mertz has announced that he is retiring from competitive CS:GO to pursue a career in Valorant.
- Crazy Raccoon Crazy Raccoon Asia-Pacific Rank #3 have suspended Hiroto "rion" Tateno and Jyousuke "zepher" Matsuda for three months and one month respectively for boosting. The two used to be part of the Crazy Raccoon Valorant squad, but moved to content creation in late June following a roster rebuild that brought on four new members. They were suspended in the same incident that ZETA DIVISION player takej was issued a suspension in.
Eutalyx contributed to this recap.