Crazy Raccoon Crazy Raccoon Japan Rank #3 has revealed four new members of their roster as Stage 1 of Challengers Japan approaches. These additions are Moon "Astell" Ji-won (문지원), Souta "popogachi" Morita, Meiy , and a returning Byeon "Munchkin" Sang-beom (변상범).
Astell and Meiy were both teammates on NORTHEPTION NORTHEPTION Japan Rank #8 , where they played second fiddle to teams such as ZETA DIVISION ZETA DIVISION Japan Rank #2 and Crazy Raccoon. However, that hierarchy changed during their big break in the 2021 APAC Last Chance Qualifier, where they advanced to the grand final and narrowly lost to FULL SENSE FULL SENSE Asia-Pacific Rank #6 in a 3-2 series, just one step away from Champions. Astell soon left at the end of November while Meiy was released as the organization dissolved the roster in December.
popogachi was better known for his time in BlackBird Ignis BlackBird Ignis Inactive , one of the earliest organizations in Japanese Valorant. The team found early success as they became the runner-up of First Strike: Japan, but failed to replicate it later during the year. After a disappointing finish at Stage 3: Challengers Playoffs, the team disbanded, although the roster later formed IGZIST IGZIST Japan Rank # sans-popogachi.
Munchkin joined Crazy Raccoon in January 2021 as one of the founding members of the roster. There, the Korean found domestic success as they won Stage 1: Masters and subsequently Stage 2: Challengers Finals, becoming Japan's representatives at the first interregional LAN, Masters Reykjavik. Afterward, the team maintained their international presence as they participated in both Masters Berlin and Champions, but failed to attain much success.