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JasonR joins FaZe Clan as Valorant team captain

Published: 25/Jun/2020 21:29 Updated: 25/Jun/2020 21:41

by Michael Gwilliam

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FaZe Clan has announced the first pickup for their competitive Valorant roster as Jason ‘JasonR’ Ruchelski has been brought in to lead the charge as team captain.

The esports organization first announced their Valorant recruit on Twitter with the player himself talking about joining the prestigious group.

“I’ll be FaZe’s first entry into Valorant as team captain,” he said in the short clip. “FaZeUp, thank you guys so much for the opportunity.”

This will be the 25-year-old Canadian’s return to esports since retiring from CSGO in 2017, after a stint with OpTic Gaming.

According to the streamer, it had been a long time since he was this excited for an opportunity to compete again.

“From the bottom of my heart, I’m actually so hyped, so excited, so happy,” he explained. “It’s actually incredible.”

The new recruit was welcomed with open arms from the rest of the FaZe community with co-founder Ricky Banks replying, “WELCOME TO THE GANG BABY.”

The newly-announced captain also revealed that FaZe have a lot more things in the works, but that he wasn’t allowed to comment on the organization’s plans.

“As of right now, I don’t want to comment. There are some things in the works right now and that’s all I’ll really say,” he added. “I’ll wait until they tell me that I’m allowed to talk about it.”

JasonR is known for his time with Splyce and later OpTic Gaming as a stand-in. The Canadian had multiple second and third-place finishes at a various tournaments, before eventually deciding to retire and stream regularly on Twitch.

OpTic GamingJasonR last competed for OpTic Gaming’s CS:GO team as a stand-in.

There’s no telling who FaZe has planned to sign next and further build up their Valorant roster, but with the game now out and tournaments kicking off left and right, we should be getting some major reveals in the coming weeks.

To keep track of all the roster changes, player signings, and more, make sure to check out our Valorant Rostermania hub and follow us on Twitter @ValorantUpdates.

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CSGO Player Ditches ENCE for Military | Richard Lewis Reacts to Sergej’s Exit

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:58

by Bill Cooney

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The loss of Jere “sergej” Salo to military service could be very bad news for Finnish esports org ENCE’s prospects “for the rest of their sorry existence,” according to Richard Lewis.

ENCE started out as a genuine underdog story from Finland, a region that has definitely contributed its fair share of great players to professional Counter-Strike over the years.

When Sergej joined the team at 16 he was already one of the standout players on the roster, and helped ENCE compete as one of the top teams in the world. But, the cutting of Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen in early 2020 sent the team into a “death spiral,” according to Lewis.

“He [sergej] looks to have gone into a terminal slump, I mean he’s barely scraping a one rating on HLTV.” Lewis said. “He clearly wants out, and then you hear the news that he’s being benched with immediate effect because he wants to go do his national service in Finland and get it out of the way now.”

Finland requires 3-6 months of compulsory military service for eligible males, however, it is possible to defer or put it off if you play esports, which is what many Finnish pros do, choosing to wait to do it until later.

For sergej to want to go and complete his service at 18, after being one of the best young players in the world “tells you all you need to know about what is going on in ENCE right now,” according to Lewis.