JasonR leaves FaZe Clan to start his own Valorant team

Published: 3/Aug/2020 4:58 Updated: 3/Aug/2020 7:13

by Andrew Amos


Former CS:GO pro and FaZe Clan’s captain, Jason ‘JasonR’ Ruchelski has left the organization to start his own Valorant team after the 26-year-old claimed he had no say in who the roster signed.

JasonR was signed as FaZe’s first Valorant player on June 25, alongside Overwatch player Corey ‘corey’ Nigra. However, the captain of the roster is reportedly parting ways with the team just six weeks after his signing, citing he was excluded from all roster discussions.

JasonR has not featured for FaZe Clan since signing for the team, despite the organization appearing in the first Valorant Ignition Series event for NA in the T1 x Nerd Street Gamers Showdown.

Zachary ‘ZachaREEE’ Lombardo, Johnny ‘Marved’ Nguyen, Rory ‘dephh’ Jackson and Harrison ‘psalm’ Chang, along with Corey, helped FaZe Clan place fourth in the event. Since then, FaZe has signed ZachaREEE and Marved.

Ahead of the FaZe Clan Invitational, and still without a full roster, the CS:GO veteran has mutually parted ways with FaZe. He is looking towards setting up his own team instead.

“FaZe Clan and JasonR have decided to part ways. He’s looking to build a Valorant roster and seek opportunities elsewhere,” the team said in a August 2 statement.

It comes after JasonR publicly stated he wasn’t practicing with the FaZe Clan roster despite being named team captain.

“Marved just got announced on the FaZe Clan roster, but I’m not playing for FaZe. I’m not practicing with that roster. I had no say in who they were picking up at all. I had no choice in the roster, and I’m not going to be forced to play with anyone I don’t want to,” he told fans in July.

“I’m not practicing with anybody right now. I was put into a weird situation.”

With JasonR’s departure, FaZe Clan is left with three players just three days ahead of the next Ignition Series event. Which just so happens to be their very own in the Ignition Series. While JasonR alluded that the team has been practicing with a full stack without him, it’s unclear whether they’ll be signed before the event, or play as stand-ins.

JasonR has also not mentioned who he has his eyes on for his own Valorant roster. He has poked at other teams like Sentinels on his stream, but hasn’t publicly made a statement about who he wants.


Team Liquid Valorant sign Jamppi to replace ec1s

Published: 25/Feb/2021 18:02

by Alan Bernal


Team Liquid have signed former CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi’ Olkkonen while Valorant in-game leader Adam ‘ec1s’ Eccles has been benched from the active roster.

  • Jamppi is a former CSGO rising talent before Valve’s permaban.
  • Team Liquid to replace ec1s for Jamppi.
  • TL has one more chance to qualify for VCT Masters 1.

Liquid Jamppi announced

After his long and publicized battle with Valve to reverse an apparent VAC ban his account accrued when he was 14-years-old, Jamppi is now switching to Valorant.

Team Liquid are hoping to reverse their fortunes in the EU Valorant Champions Tour, after missing a top 4 spot in Challengers 1 and failing to get out of the open qualifiers in Challengers 2.

What’s next for Team Liquid?

Jamppi will join a team led by former CSGO superstar Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom with plenty of firepower in the wings via Dom ‘soulcas’ Sulcas and Travis ‘L1NK’ Mendoza.

Team Liquid and Jamppi are expected to play in Challengers 3 open qualifiers on March 2 to start their last bid for qualifying to the first VCT Masters event later that month.

Team Liquid Valorant roster

Player Former Team Position
Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom Team Liquid Duelist/IGL
Dom ‘soulcas’ Sulcas Team Liquid Initiator
Travis ‘L1NK’ Mendoza Team Liquid Sentinel/Controller
James ‘Kryptix’ Affleck Team Liquid Sentinel
Elias ‘Jamppi’ Olkkonen Free Agent Duelist