The world will have its eyes fixated on Masters: Reykjavik competition soon, but that didn't stop the rest of the world from creating new headlines. Here's what you might have missed this past week.
This week's edition covers news from April 2 - April 8.
Read more: News Almost Missed April 1
- Former 100 Thieves 100 Thieves North America Rank #2 coach Jovanni "Jovi" Vera announced that he would be assisting Chet "Chet" Singh and the OpTic Gaming OpTic Gaming North America Rank # roster at Masters: Reykjavik.
- Misfits Black Misfits Black North America Rank # have released Luna "LunaFox" Ryan and announced that they are trialing for in-game leader, duelist, and smokes roles, inferring that more changes may be coming.
- Team Basilisk Team Basilisk North America Rank #32 have parted ways with Chris "duck" Dutoit.
- / Vincent "Apoth" Le, Devon "randyySAVAGE" Bréard, Alex "RetrQ" Kadan, and coach Evan "Warbirds" Olzem have officially entered free agency from Renegades Renegades Inactive .
- / Ghost Gaming Ghost Gaming North America Rank #19 have parted ways with in-game leader Ryan "ryann" Welsh.
- / After being inactive from the Knights Knights North America Rank #26 main roster since October, Drake "Exalt" Branly has revealed that he will be playing with Knights Academy Knights Academy North America Rank #51 .
- / EXCEL EXCEL Europe Rank #61 have benched Oscar "ozzy" Scott and Dragan "elllement" Milanović.
- / 19esports 19esports Inactive have released their roster following the team's second place finish in the first season of the Circuito Tormenta: Liga Radiante 2022.
- Team Heretics Team Heretics Europe Rank #9 have parted ways with Jose-Antonio "Bromas" Ramos Gonzalez.
- / Théo "10K" Navaro revealed that he is in search of opportunities while still under contract with DSYRE DSYRE Europe Rank #0 .
- / Amine "Amilwa" Saidi revealed that he is in search of a new team after departing MOUZ MOUZ Europe Rank # due to personal reasons.
- / FunPlus Phoenix FunPlus Phoenix Europe Rank #11 have mutually parted ways with Kamil "baddyG" Graniczka, who played for the team as a substitute for the past month in Stage 1 EMEA Challengers.
- / Mikołaj "Mickebwoy" Chojnacki announced that his time with Team BDS Team BDS Europe Rank #10 has come to a close.
- / Wave Esports Wave Esports Europe Rank #25 have officially parted ways with Dimitar "Itopata" Staev.
- Ridder announced that he is looking for new opportunities outside of beGenius beGenius Europe Rank # prior to the start of the next VRL split.
- Adam "LeeN" Caillol has revealed that he is allowed to explore opportunities outside of OG OG Inactive while still under contract with the team.
- LDN UTD LDN UTD Inactive have benched Aurimas "Dreamas" Zablockis and allowed him to explore opportunities with other organizations.
- Alliance Coven Alliance Coven Europe Rank # have rounded out their roster with Maria "6sonya" Istrate, speedowka , and coach Yugami .
- Team Vitality Team Vitality Europe Rank #13 have added Tanishq "Tanizhq" Sabharwal as the team's new head coach from Giants Gaming Giants Gaming Europe Rank #4 and have made now-former head coach Arthur "pm" Guillermet an inactive member of the organization. Additionally, Team Vitality have parted ways with Ahmed "ZE1SH" El Sheikh, who was previously the team's assistant coach. With Tanizhq departed, Giants Gaming have promoted Oliwer "LATEKS" Fahlander to head coach.
- Team Finest have unveiled their academy team, Finest Overwolf Origin Finest Overwolf Origin Europe Rank # .
- ODDIK ODDIK Brazil Rank #14 bid farewell to Gabriel "sutecas" Dias
- Liberty Liberty Brazil Rank #4 have welcomed Rafael "raafa" Lima to their roster.
- EBRO Gaming EBRO Gaming Latin America South Rank # have parted ways with Matias "MatiS" Salgado and added David "debout" Beaupuits, Lucas "lucasvade" Vade Castro, and badzw .
- Border Monsters Border Monsters Latin America North Rank #4 have released Daniel "theory" Esteban Albadan Cardozo.
- CNJ esports CNJ esports Korea Rank # announced their full roster, featuring Yoo "Moothie" Seung-Woo (유승우), Seo "Rain" Hong-seung (서홍승), Lim "Has1ra14" Hyuk (임혁), Wavy , and BENECIA .
- / Crazy Raccoon Crazy Raccoon Japan Rank #3 parted ways with Byeon "Munchkin" Sang-beom (변상범).
- / Former DAMWON Gaming DAMWON Gaming Korea Rank #3 coach Hong "Eraser" Chang-pyo (홍창표) has joined Global Esports Global Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #9 .
- / Sengoku Gaming Sengoku Gaming Japan Rank #29 have released thiefy , GangPin , Ha "kobra" Su-hyun, and coach hNt .
- / Crest Gaming Zst Crest Gaming Zst Japan Rank #0 has parted ways with Jemkin and KuuKai
- Kingsmen Kingsmen Inactive have disbanded their Valorant roster.
- Former Bonkers Bonkers Oceania Rank # members Justin "skrawl" Lanzon, Noah "Nozz" McClafferty, and Nick "tixx" Quinn have created a new team — BOBO BOBO Oceania Rank # — with DRAGON and Dale "signed" Tang.
- Mindfreak Mindfreak Oceania Rank #0 have rounded out their roster with Sudhish "Dutti" Dutt.
- Velocity Gaming Velocity Gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #7 parted ways with Agneya "Marzil" Koushik.
- / Ayman "Tuna" Mosaad announced that he is in search of new opportunities in Egypt and EMEA while still under contract with YaLLa Esports YaLLa Esports MENA Rank #3 .
- Ahmed "wLn" Shata and coach Shoeib "fts" Elfahham have both revealed that they had departed Team Occupy Team Occupy Inactive .
- / Naif "iFly" Ahmed announced that he has been benched from XPLDZ XPLDZ MENA Rank # , and is in search of new opportunities while still under contract with the team.
Results & Standings
- In the Game Changers Series I North America main event, Cloud9 White Cloud9 White North America Rank #52 have advanced to the grand finals off of an upper final win over Shopify Rebellion GC Shopify Rebellion GC North America Rank #61 . They will face off against Dignitas Dignitas Inactive in the lower bracket final this weekend in the final day of the event.
- PENTA PENTA Inactive and cowana Gaming cowana Gaming Inactive qualified for the VRL DACH relegation by defeating DIVIZON DIVIZON Europe Rank # and Entropy Entropy Europe Rank #0 respectively in the Project V: Split 1 Finals.
- Team Liquid Brazil Team Liquid Brazil Brazil Rank # won the second open qualifier in the Protocolo: Gêneses 2022 by sweeping B4 Angels B4 Angels Brazil Rank #19 in the grand finals.
- B4 Angels B4 Angels Brazil Rank #19 took first place in the second edition of Girls On Fire by defeating TropiCaos TropiCaos Brazil Rank # in the grand final.
- The teams for the playoffs of the Predator Kings of PH 2022 have been finalized. NAOS Esports NAOS Esports Asia-Pacific Rank # , Rex Regum Qeon Rex Regum Qeon Asia-Pacific Rank #36 , SR Nacague SR Nacague Asia-Pacific Rank # , and Action PH Action PH Inactive will fight it out this weekend for the biggest piece of the 120,000 PHP prize pool.
- EDward Gaming EDward Gaming China Rank #3 won the Spring Gauntlet Invitational in dominant fashion, only dropping a single map the entire tournament in their upper final match against KONE eSC KONE eSC China Rank #4 .
Other News & Rumors
- A report from Dot Esports has detailed the next iteration of NYFU NYFU Inactive . In addition to Chad "Oderus" Miller, the organization are targeting Diondre "YaBoiDre" Bond, Andrew "ShoT_UP" Orlowski, Jason "neptune" Tran, and Jason "JSUNG" Sung as the members to round out their roster.
- According to George Geddes of Dot Esports, FaZe Clan FaZe Clan North America Rank #6 are in discussions with Rise Rise Inactive to sign Kevin "POISED" Ngo, Phat "supamen" Le, and Ryan "Shanks" Ngo.
- According to 1pv reporter neLdirekt, French Esports organization Karmine Corp Karmine Corp Europe Rank # looked to acquire Team Vitality Team Vitality Europe Rank #13 members Bayram "bramz" Ben Redjeb, Thomas "kAdavra" Johner, and Arthur "pm" Guillermet as part of KCORP's expansion to Valorant, but the deal was rejected by Vitality. bramz and kAdavra are expected to join Team BDS Team BDS Europe Rank #10 .
- According to Run It Back writer Ominous, Rio Company Rio Company Inactive are set to sign Yoon "hyeoni" Hyun-seok (윤현석) as part of their re-entrance to Valorant.
- Another report from Ominous states that former SCARZ SCARZ Japan Rank #24 player Lee "INPA" Sung-tan (이성탄) will be the coach for the upcoming F4Q F4Q Inactive roster.
- According to an ESPORTED article by Bo Hoogland, Japanese organization RIDDLE are looking to enter Valorant, with one of their interests being former Crazy Raccoon Crazy Raccoon Japan Rank #3 star Byeon "Munchkin" Sang-beom (변상범)
- Following the disbandment of Bonkers Bonkers Oceania Rank # , LPL has awarded ORDER ORDER Oceania Rank #1 the first seed in the competition. Additionally, The points that BONKERS accumulated will be voided, and an additional team will be able to qualify for Stage 2 in the Open Qualifiers.
redlight contributed to this recap.