T1 T1 North America Rank #13 thwifo Zander Kim xeta Son Seon-ho (손선호) pwny Josh VanGorder Munchkin Byeon Sang-beom (변상범) steel Joshua Nissan has released a statement concerning the team's forced forfeit against TSM TSM North America Rank #7 gMd Anthony Guimond seven Johann Hernandez Subroza Yassine Taoufik corey Corey Nigra Rossy Daniel Abedrabbo in North America's first Challengers qualifier. In response, the organization has suspended head coach David "dd8" Denis ahead of the upcoming second qualifier.

Official statement regarding #VALORANT.

T1 met TSM in the lower bracket of NA's first Challengers qualifier just days prior. After Map 1 victory and 8-4 lead on Map 2 for T1, the match was paused and eventually cancelled. Shortly after, Riot released a statement affirming allegations made by TSM after Map 1, stating that dd8 had provided instructions to T1 players while the match was in progress. As a result, T1 was forced to forfeit the match in its entirety, just two rounds away from potential qualification.

dd8 will now be suspended from the organization ahead of this weekend's qualifier. The last four slots to the group stage of Challengers 1 remain up for grabs in a field of weakened competition, as Version1 Version1 North America Rank #11 zander Alexander Dituri Zellsis Jordan Montemurro penny Erik Penny effys Loic Sauvageau wippie Maxim Shepelev , XSET XSET North America Rank #5 Cryocells Matthew Panganiban dephh Rory Jackson zekken Zachary Patrone AYRIN Jordan He BcJ Brendan Jensen , The Guard The Guard North America Rank # JonahP Jonah Pulice Sayaplayer Ha Jeong-woo (하정우) trent Trent Cairns neT Michael Bernet valyn Jacob Batio , and NRG Esports NRG Esports North America Rank #12 hazed James Cobb eeiu Daniel Vucenovic s0m Sam Oh tex Ian Botsch Ethan Ethan Arnold qualified in the previous week.