James "hazed" Cobb has been actively practicing with NRG Esports NRG Esports North America Rank #12 hazed James Cobb eeiu Daniel Vucenovic s0m Sam Oh ANDROID Bradley Fodor tex Ian Botsch , sources close to the situation tell VLR.gg. While details have not yet been finalized, hazed has been exploring his options in the past week as he closes out his tenure on TSM TSM North America Rank #7 LeviathanAG Aleko Gabuniya WARDELL Matthew Yu Subroza Yassine Taoufik after 18 months on the roster.

hazed has been a part of TSM since the original mouseSpaz mouseSpaz Inactive Subroza Yassine Taoufik hazed James Cobb reltuC Stephen Cutler WARDELL Matthew Yu Drone Taylor Johnson roster formed in Valorant's beta stage, contributing to TSM's early success in North American Valorant as the team's in-game leader. In just about every tournament they entered into, TSM were frequently a favorite to finish in first place throughout 2020.

But TSM's top finishes began to wane in the first quarter of 2021. Early exits in all three Stage 1 Challengers events and Stage 2 Challengers 2 set the team back considerably in terms of circuit points to qualify for the NA LCQ. Only in the Summer, after the team brought in Sean "bang" Bezerra and Aleko "LeviathanAG" Gabuniya, did the team capture a first-place finish in an event, in Stage 3 Challengers 2. The last time TSM had placed first at an event was over a year prior at the FaZe Clan Invitational.

Similarly, NRG have struggled in VCT events, unable to secure VCT circuit points outside of those awarded for their 5th-6th place finish in the Stage 2 Challengers Finals, and have seen a multitude of players come and go throughout the first half of 2021. Their most recent departure was Matthew "WeDid" Suchan, who was released from the team a few weeks back. NRG has been inactive in tournaments since late August, when they participated in the NSG Summer Championship and finished in second place.