T1 adds new members to its Valorant team
Valorant is quickly becoming the go-to game in eSports and teams are ready to embrace it
After the huge popularity that the video game Valorant has had since it was released, teams are getting in shape and recruiting new talent to be ready for the game’s eSports competitive scene. Another eSports organization, T1, the home of one of the most successful League of Legends teams of all time, has brought in four new Valorant players who will comprise its academy team. The organization announced today that Haydin “ZerG” Gordon, Kurtis “Kurt” Gallo, Eeiu and Rara are the newest members of the T1 Valorant eSports roster.
ZerG comes from college competitions where he was part of Fusion University, the Philadelphia Fusion’s former Overwatch Contenders team. He started playing with them when he was 14 years old, in 2018, and spent nine months with the team. Later, he retired from Overwatch competitions to play Apex Legends for T1, where he played with Kurt on T1’s Apex team.
With these new names engrossing the list of competitors, T1 has officially picked up nine Valorant players in the past few months. The first one signed was CS: GO pro Brax on March 9, follow3eed by the recruiting of Keven “AZK” Larivière, Austin “crashies” Roberts, Victor “food” Wong, and Skadoodle. T1’s Valorant team even has a coach ready, Daniel “fRod” Montaner.
Other teams are starting to recruit people to compete in Valorant, but no other organization has advanced as much as T1. Another big one, Team Liquid, hasn’t sign any players, and 100 Thieves, has only announced one player so far.
Riot Games hasn’t disclosed full details of how the Valorant eSports scene will look but, according to some fans and analysts, it might be similar to the Leagues of Legends eSports scene. This means that Riot runs all the top-tier leagues and tournaments in several regions.