April is gone, and May is here. Nonetheless, the Valorant world continued to produce new headlines. Here's what you might have missed this past week.
This week's edition covers news from April 30 - May 6.
- Read more: News Almost Missed April 29
- Shopify Rebellion Shopify Rebellion North America Rank #61 have bid farewell to Vannesa "panini" Emory.
- / Torrify and Carlo "Dcop" Delsol have become the newest members of FUSION FUSION Latin America North Rank # . Torrify previously played on Zero MarksMen Silver Zero MarksMen Silver Inactive , while Dcop has been a core member of TSM Academy TSM Academy North America Rank #20 since the team played under Noble Noble Inactive .
- / TSM TSM North America Rank #7 have added former Wave Esports Wave Esports Europe Rank #25 coach Dimitar "Itopata" Staev and Rainbow Six: Siege coach Jacob "Daeda" Hale to their team as strategic analyst and data analyst respectively. Additionally, assistant coach Austin "Apex" Copeland has revealed that he has departed the team and entered free agency.
- Frankie "Carter" Carter has announced that he is looking for new opportunities as a free agent. He previously played for M4LIK M4LIK Europe Rank #0 .
- / beGenius beGenius Europe Rank # have rounded out their roster with Fletcher "Leare" Brigden-Knight and Aleksandr "hvoya" Eremin. Leare previously played with Team Queso Team Queso Europe Rank #43 and hvoya was previously a part of KPI Gaming KPI Gaming Europe Rank #36 .
- / Team Queso Team Queso Europe Rank #43 have parted ways with Fletcher "Leare" Brigden-Knight and Tyler "FoxieGG" Lowton and brought in Katu and Tselmeg "xuss" Tsolmon to complete their roster.
- Anonymo Mentos Anonymo Mentos Europe Rank #93 have acquired the roster of WATAHA WATAHA Inactive for the upcoming VRL East split.
- / Rebels Gaming Rebels Gaming Europe Rank # have added Maks "kamyk" Rychlewski to their team, increasing the team's player count to six.
- Former Team Heretics Team Heretics Europe Rank #9 player Jose-Antonio "Bromas" Ramos Gonzalez has joined Real Betis Real Betis Europe Rank # as the team's coach. His addition came after Mikii — the team's previous head coach — announced his departure from the team earlier in the week.
- BIG BIG Europe Rank #19 have revealed that Fatih "gob b" Dayik has departed the roster and competitive Valorant to return to CS:GO to coach BIG's all-German roster.
- OG OG Europe Rank #0 have rounded out their roster with former Sector One Sector One Europe Rank # player Cista "KONEQT" Adel.
- / Angry Titans Angry Titans Europe Rank #76 have welcomed former DSYRE DSYRE Europe Rank #0 player Taranvir "bipo" Singh to their team.
- / KOI KOI Europe Rank # have completed their roster with Ramses "Famsii" Koivukangas.
- / MOUZ MOUZ Europe Rank # have added former Finest Finest Europe Rank #17 player Ben "RECIDENT" Battash to their team.
- DSYRE DSYRE Europe Rank #0 have finalized their roster with David "Davidp" Prins, Alexandr "SimonD4rk" Skovbel, and Murat "murii" Korkmaz. The three join from beGenius beGenius Europe Rank # , 5MOKES 5MOKES Inactive , and Wave Esports Wave Esports Europe Rank #25 respectively.
- Movistar Riders Movistar Riders Europe Rank #35 have unveiled their full roster, featuring new additions Tramaine "stanley" Stanley, Bence "szimpli" Soós, Mikołaj "Mickebwoy" Chojnacki, and David "Fizzy" Figueiredo.
- / NOM Esports have acquired Team X Team X Inactive and announced that they will compete as NOM LEGION NOM LEGION Europe Rank # in Game Changers EMEA.
- SuperMassive Blaze SuperMassive Blaze Europe Rank #12 have rounded out their roster with Jlerst . He previously was a part of Surreal Esports Surreal Esports Inactive .
- Sangal Esports Female Sangal Esports Female Europe Rank # have parted ways with Buket "Purple" Yağcıoğlu.
- Gamelanders Blue Gamelanders Blue Brazil Rank #5 have completed their roster with former Tropinha do TIKTOK 2.0 Tropinha do TIKTOK 2.0 Brazil Rank # member Brinks .
- MIBR Female MIBR Female Brazil Rank # have announced their full roster, featuring new additions pannshi , Tamires "Badgal" Araujo, and Carolina "Shizue" Miranda.
- / Infinity Esports Infinity Esports Latin America North Rank #2 have parted ways with Juanes "sickLy" Valencia, ERMAAAK , and Gonzalo "gessito" Paucay and signed Javier "jvhz" Hernández, Daniel "theory" Esteban Albadan Cardozo, and Cristobal "l4cerr" Chaparro.
- / Reignite Reignite Japan Rank # have overhauled their roster by welcoming Seigi "Ask" Yamamoto, Cho "fAwn" Duck-keun (조덕근), and nagi to their team as player, coach, and analyst respectively. Additionally, the team has bid farewell to Dhimoruto .
- / IGZIST IGZIST Japan Rank # have welcomed GangPin , thiefy , and hNt to their team as players and coach respectively.
- // SCARZ SCARZ Japan Rank #24 have overhauled their roster by transferring Ko "C1nder" Jae-hyuk (고재혁) and Sio to Good 8 Squad Good 8 Squad Japan Rank # and releasing Shin "Shuzz" Ji-seok (신지석), whose contract with the organization expired. A few days after that announcement, the team welcomed back Anthem , who was previously on loan to Inactive and added Matthew "modeskiii" Bautista and Joshua "JoshS" Miles Santos, formerly of Action PH Action PH Asia-Pacific Rank #49 and Bren Esports Bren Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #0 respectively.
- BLEED BLEED Asia-Pacific Rank #10 have added Sushant "Ominous" Jha to their team as an analyst. He previously wrote for VLR.gg and is currently a writer for Run It Back. His addition brings BLEED's coaching staff up to three members.
- Velocity Gaming Velocity Gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #7 have bid farewell to Vibhor . Shortly after that announcement, Vibhor became the second member of Orangutan Orangutan Asia-Pacific Rank # .
- Team Majesty Team Majesty MENA Rank #6 have unveiled an all-new roster, featuring players from Tunisia, Morocco, and EMEA.
Results & Standings
- NSG Summer Championship Open 4 winner: SoaR SoaR North America Rank #21 | runner-up: TSM Academy TSM Academy North America Rank #20
- Game Changers EMEA series II main event teams remaining: G2 Gozen G2 Gozen Europe Rank #0 , Rix.GG Lightning Rix.GG Lightning Europe Rank #243 , Guild X Guild X Europe Rank #0
- Liga Gamers Club - Série A April playoffs winner: Tropinha do TIKTOK 2.0 Tropinha do TIKTOK 2.0 Brazil Rank # | runner-up: Unemployed Unemployed Brazil Rank #
- Gaming Culture - Girl Power #4 winner: Stars Horizon Fem Stars Horizon Fem Brazil Rank # | runner-up: TBK Esports Female TBK Esports Female Brazil Rank #
- Protocolo: Gêneses 2022 Open Qualifier 3 remaining teams: Team Liquid Brazil Team Liquid Brazil Brazil Rank # , Gamelanders Purple Gamelanders Purple Brazil Rank #13 , Stars Horizon Fem Stars Horizon Fem Brazil Rank # , TBK Esports Female TBK Esports Female Brazil Rank #
- The Esports Club - Challenger Series playoffs teams remaining: Velocity Gaming Velocity Gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #7 , Revenant Esports Revenant Esports Asia-Pacific Rank # , Reckoning Esports Reckoning Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #148
- CriticalX Valorant Milestone playoffs winner: Reckoning Esports Reckoning Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #148 | runner-up: FANGZ FANGZ Asia-Pacific Rank #0
- Skyesports Grand Slam Souvenir Mumbai Grand Finals winner: Global Esports Global Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #9 | runner-up: Enigma Gaming Enigma Gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #16
- LPL Summer Cup Legends 2022 playoffs qualified teams: BOBO BOBO Oceania Rank # , HONEY BADGERS HONEY BADGERS Oceania Rank # , Funcrew Funcrew Oceania Rank #0 , REIGN REIGN Oceania Rank #
Other News & Rumors
- / According to a report by Max Katz, Misfits Black Misfits Black North America Rank # are set to sign florescent to their roster. While the new pickup will not participate in North America's Game Changers Series II due to her age, she will make her debut in NA Game Changers Series III in October.
- Following initial reports that legendary CS:GO player Kenny "kennyS" Schrub was set to join OG OG Europe Rank #0 for the upcoming French Regional League split, the French player has recently come out to confirm the rumors, as well as clarify the situation that fell through. In a Twitlonger post, kennyS stated that he planned on playing with OG for a few months on loan from G2 Esports, his current team in CS:GO, but Riot rejected the offer "because of contractual reasons".
- / A report by Jessica Scharnagle and George Geddes has revealed that Riot-ordained tournament organizer Freaks 4U are planning to launch an investigation following a public statement made by an observer who detailed extreme workplace misconduct towards Melanie "mel" Hoi-San Man.
- Guild X Guild X Europe Rank #0 has been penalized in a competitive ruling by Riot due to an accidental surrender vote that was initiated and passed in the team's match against G2 Gozen G2 Gozen Europe Rank #0 . The team will lose a map ban during the map veto process in their match against Futbolist JEFF Futbolist JEFF Europe Rank #0 in the EMEA's Game Changers Series II.
- According to a report from blix.gg journalist Rafael Ferreira, FaZe Clan Rainbow Six: Siege player Lucas "Soulz1" Schinke is rumored to be targeting a move into Valorant after three years of competing.
ChickenJoe contributed to this recap.