VCT 2022 competition is underway, but that didn't stop the rest of the world from creating new headlines. Here's what you might have missed from this past week.
This week's edition covers news from January 15 - January 21.
- Read more: News Almost Missed January 14
- Former Complexity Complexity North America Rank #15 player Riley "ohai" Nguyen has joined Team Basilisk Team Basilisk North America Rank #32 as their new in-game leader.
- Trent "trent" Cairns, formerly known as Habib, has joined The Guard The Guard North America Rank # to replace Harrison "psalm" Chang in the team's active lineup.
- Anja "aNNja" Vasalic has revealed that their contract with G2 Gozen G2 Gozen Europe Rank #0 has come to a close.
- / Case Esports Case Esports Europe Rank #72 have parted ways with Mario "PoPiFresH" González and analyst Ivaylo "Linepro" Krasimirov Kolev.
- Alliance have signed ChatBanned ChatBanned Inactive , the highest ranked unsigned Game Changers team prior to this announcement. The team will compete under the name Alliance Coven.
- / One Breath Gaming One Breath Gaming Inactive is down to just two members following the departures of Denis "hugeon" Vasiliev, Stanislav "Sp1ke" Koshel, and Nikita "Coffee" Antsypirovich.
- Emre "sterben" Demirci has joined Fire Flux Esports Fire Flux Esports Europe Rank #41 .
- Futbolist JEFF Futbolist JEFF Europe Rank #0 have said goodbye to Siana "sia" Yoldez Matri and added Lea "matrix" Ransquin, Cornelia "Neli" Johansson, and coach Hazım Orhun "casteLL0" Dalbeyler.
- Aslıhan "proxima" Uslu has joined Supermassive Blaze Female Supermassive Blaze Female Europe Rank #0 from Oxxgen Esports Oxxgen Esports Inactive .
- B4 Angels B4 Angels Brazil Rank #19 have added Luiz "Yushi" Felipe Coelho and Anderson "faithz0r" Yabusaki to their coaching staff as strategic coach and head coach respectively.
- Stars Horizon Stars Horizon Brazil Rank # have unveiled their new roster for VCT 2022.
- / KRÜ Esports have revealed their female team, KRÜ Fem KRÜ Fem Latin America South Rank # .
- Park "exy" Geun-cheol (박근철), formerly of TNL Esports TNL Esports Inactive , has become DAMWON Gaming DAMWON Gaming Korea Rank #3 's seventh player.
- Inactive have welcomed back Hideki "Fisker" Sasaki and Daiki "Minty" Kato to their roster. The two played together on FAV from late 2020 until they were signed to Crazy Raccoon in June 2021.
- FULL SENSE FULL SENSE Asia-Pacific Rank #6 have revealed their roster for 2022. The team's new additions include Thanaphat "THEE" Limpaphan, head coach Thotsaphon "cbbk" Suphatthanaphalaphon, and coach Kachaporn "ZOCHA" Taveesin
- After releasing their previous squad in April 2021, Made in Thailand Made in Thailand Asia-Pacific Rank #0 are back with a new roster.
- / Ashraf "acApp" Firdaus and Patrik "Kolenaw" Sarin have joined Nigma Galaxy Nigma Galaxy Asia-Pacific Rank #31 as coach and analyst respectively.
- BLEED BLEED Asia-Pacific Rank #10 announced the departure of Tyler "Juicy" James Aeria following the expiration of his contract with the team.
- / Fahad "Near" Salem has joined YaLLa Esports YaLLa Esports MENA Rank #3 in place of Mohammad "Toon" Nasser Badri.
- The Guard The Guard North America Rank # took first place in the NSG Winter Championship Open 14 by defeating Third Impact Third Impact Inactive in the grand finals.
- In Game Changers LATAM, Skull Cracker Fem Skull Cracker Fem Latin America Rank # defeated FiRePOWER FiRePOWER Latin America North Rank # in the grand finals of the LATAM North bracket.
- The Oceania Tour Stage 1 open qualifier concluded with HONEY BADGERS HONEY BADGERS Oceania Rank # defeating Crima's Disciples Crima's Disciples Inactive in the grand finals. The aforementioned teams alongside MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW Inactive , Bonkers Bonkers Oceania Rank # , Iconic Iconic Inactive , and Funcrew Funcrew Oceania Rank #0 have earned invites to the group stage, which will begin January 27.
Matches to Watch
- The Knights VALORAMPAGE playoffs are underway. The round of 16 and round of eight will take place today, January 21, with the semifinals and grand finals taking place on the following days.
- In the closed qualifiers of Stage 1 Challengers 2 Turkey, Futbolist Futbolist Europe Rank #18 has advanced to the grand finals off of a win against Fire Flux Esports Fire Flux Esports Europe Rank #41 . Fire Flux will await the winner of BBL Esports BBL Esports Europe Rank #32 and Surreal Esports Surreal Esports Inactive in the lower bracket.
- Four teams remain in the FPSThailand Valorant Tournament: FULL SENSE FULL SENSE Asia-Pacific Rank #6 , XERXIA Esports XERXIA Esports Asia-Pacific Rank # , 47 Gaming 47 Gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #175 , and Sharper Esport Sharper Esport Asia-Pacific Rank #21 .
- FULL SENSE FULL SENSE Asia-Pacific Rank #6 , Nigma Galaxy Nigma Galaxy Asia-Pacific Rank #31 , Kingsmen Kingsmen Inactive , and Action PH Action PH Asia-Pacific Rank #49 are the four teams left standing in the Zotac Cup Valorant playoffs. The next matches will be played on Tuesday, January 25.
- A January 17 report from Dot Esports has revealed that Rise Rise North America Rank #8 is in talks with an unnamed organization to sell its Valorant roster. FaZe Clan were reportedly interested in offering half a million dollars for all current Rise members, minus Ryan "Shanks" Ngo.
- According to a January 15 report from Dot Esports, SoaR SoaR North America Rank #21 have signed Brenden "stellar" McGrath, Lucas "fiziq" Blow, and Ngawang "epathy" Chonjor as the first three members of their new Valorant squad. Ashley "Trill" Powell will be the team's fourth if he is able to resolve his visa issues.
- According to Dexerto, Tundra Esports are set to sign the roster of YONK YONK Inactive .