2021 may be coming to a close, but that didn't stop the rest of the Valorant world from creating new headlines. Here's what you might have missed this past week.
This week's edition covers news from December 25 - December 31.
- Read more: News Almost Missed December 24
- ex-Serenity Black ex-Serenity Black Inactive has officially disbanded.
- Former Knights Academy Knights Academy North America Rank #51 player Marco "Awkua" Li has revealed he is in search of a new team.
- Maryna "maryna" Semyaniv has left XSET Female XSET Female Inactive , leaving the team one player short of a full roster.
- / TSM X TSM X North America Rank #0 head coach Addison "zecK" Gorzeck has departed the team.
- / Blahst has joined VIRTUOSO VIRTUOSO North America Rank #35 as their fifth player.
- Isabeli "Isaa" Esser has announced her exit from B4 Angels B4 Angels Brazil Rank #19 .
- Juanes "sickLy" Valencia has revealed that he is exploring new opportunities outside of Infinity Esports Infinity Esports Latin America North Rank #2 in 2022 while still under contract with the organization.
- / Daniel "Closer" Ataco has joined Six Karma Six Karma Latin America North Rank #1 as their fifth player.
- 9z Team 9z Team Latin America South Rank #3 have announced the departure of Diego "byrf" Cazanga.
- FULL SENSE FULL SENSE Asia-Pacific Rank #6 have bid farewell to coach Songchai "Tongrak" Payang.
- Alter Ego Alter Ego Asia-Pacific Rank #0 coach Andi "Sleepy" Andana Bangsawan has revealed that he is in search of a new team following the expiration of his contract with the organization in January 2022.
- Team Big BAAM Team Big BAAM Asia-Pacific Rank #12 have bid farewell to Dương "MoefX" Phúc Hiếu and added Nhatthong2k from FEARUS FEARUS Inactive in his place.
- REJECT REJECT Asia-Pacific Rank #20 have announced former ZETA DIVISION ZETA DIVISION Asia-Pacific Rank #2 player Takemori "takej" Shogo as their sixth player.
- ZETA DIVISION have launched their academy team and announced their first two members: Hiroki "hiroronn" Yanai and coach Kakeru "Vorz" Ikarashi.
- beAst has departed NASR Esports NASR Esports MENA Rank #5 .
- All players of Piercer Esports Piercer Esports MENA Rank #4 have departed the team following the expiration of their contracts. However, coach Adrian "CupOfVice" Parra will remain with the team going into 2022.
- Built By Gamers Academy Built By Gamers Academy North America Rank #48 won the Nerd Street Gamers Winter Championship Open 11 by defeating The Mafia The Mafia North America Rank #31 in the grand finals.
- Akrew Akrew North America Rank #23 took first place in the December edition of the Knights Monthly Gauntlet without dropping a map. Their victory culminated in a win over ex-FLICKBAITERS ex-FLICKBAITERS North America Rank # in the grand finals.
- Global Esports Global Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #9 emerged as the victors of the LogitechG x Loco Invitational, defeating Todak Todak Asia-Pacific Rank #33 in the grand finals.
- Team RA'AD Team RA'AD MENA Rank #2 defeated wafflemakers wafflemakers MENA Rank # in the grand finals of the Valorant Reflex Tournament EP02 to claim first place.
Matches to Watch
- / NASR Esports NASR Esports MENA Rank #5 and Team RA'AD Team RA'AD MENA Rank #2 will meet in the grand finals of the ESTAZ Valorant Elite League in a clash between MENA's best on Tuesday, January 4.
Other News & Rumors
- Andbox Andbox North America Rank #16 are set to add Jonard "Jonaaa6" Penaflor, Dayton "Lear" Akau, and Chad "Oderus" Miller, according to a December 31 report from Max "purest" Katz.
- In more North American roster news, Max Katz and George Geddes have reported that Harrison "psalm" Chang has been dropped from The Guard The Guard North America Rank # after less than under two months with the organization.
- According to a December 29 report from Upcomer, EXCEL EXCEL Europe Rank #61 are set to complete their roster with Oscar "ozzy" Scott, Patryk "paTiTek" Fabrowski, Dragan "elllement" Milanović, and Egor "chiwawa" Stepanyuk.
- KRÜ Esports are looking to assemble a Game Changers roster, according to a December 27 report from ValorantZONE. According to the report, Paula "bstrdd" Naguill, Romina "romi" Alvarez, and Keila "kalita" Nava have been named as players who have been sought after by KRÜ. However, bstrdd is reportedly going to join Team Liquid, who will be entering the Brazilian scene for the first time by signing the former Gamelanders Purple Gamelanders Purple Inactive roster.
- Soniqs Soniqs North America Rank #14 are set to remove Iyengaran "iyen" Raju and Kyran "dizzyLife" Crombie, according to reports from Max Katz and George Geddes. Additionally, Ethan "Crunchy" Laker's future with the team was noted as "uncertain". Should the trio depart the organization, Bob "Bob" Tran will be the only remaining member from the ex-EXO Clan ex-EXO Clan Inactive roster that eventually became Soniqs.
- Joe Ziegler, the game director for Valorant, has departed the game's development team to start "something new". He will be replaced by Andy Ho, a senior director of games at Riot.