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T1 Valorant shock fans, drop promising duo ahead of possible Ska return

Published: 3/Sep/2020 21:32

by Theo Salaun

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After an unsatisfactory showing during the Pop Flash, Ignition Series tournament, T1 has dropped a promising duo in Austin ‘crashies’ Roberts and Victor ‘food’ Wong, from their Valorant roster — prompting shock and speculation on the future roster. 

During the Pop Flash tournament, T1 finished tied for last place after losing 0-2 to Immortals and 1-2 to Team Envy (who went on to make the Grand Finals). Days later, they have cut both crashies and food from their roster, in a move that has completely blindsided competitive Valorant fans and increased speculation that Tayler ‘Skadoodle’ Latham may be ready to rejoin the starting roster, possibly amidst a larger iBUYPOWER CS:GO reunion.

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On August 24, Ska stepped down from the T1 starting lineup, in a move that surprised many, but was explained by ESPN’s Tyler ‘FionnOnFire’ Erzberger as simply being because “he wants to expand his agent pool before returning to the starting lineup.”

As Erzberger explained, he ‘doesn’t think he’s out,’ which suggests that a Ska return to the lineup could be envisaged sooner than later. The decision to release crashies and food, who have grown popular for their mechanical skills, has therefore understandably been tied to a presumptive return of the team’s starter. But a bewildered community is still jostling with the question of who will fill the second newly vacated starting spot.

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At present, the T1 active roster solely consists of Braxton ‘brax’ Pierce, Keven ‘AZK’ Lariviere, and Daniel ‘eeiu’ Vucenovic. The latter player is technically assigned to T1 Academy, but the former two played alongside Ska on a stacked iBP CS:GO roster that was widely considered one of the scene’s more exciting teams before most members were banned indefinitely for a match-fixing scandal in 2015. 

If Ska returns to the starting lineup, with his agent pool now deepened, then that would mean the team’s assumed three starters are all from iBP. Understandably, fans have now been linking Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan to the roster, as another former teammate who just recently decided to retire from CS:GO to pursue Valorant full-time. 

That theory would connect to a former rumor relayed by JakeSucky, which detailed that steel already has an offer from T1 to reunite the dominant, albeit controversial former roster. If that’s the case, then an underperforming team like 100Thieves could most certainly ensure that either food or crashies do not remain jobless for long.

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While some have speculated that Sam ‘DaZeD’ Marine may become T1’s fifth player, completing a full iBP reunion, there is no certainty for any of these moves. Conversely, with 100Thieves having dropped numerous starters, crashies and food have impressed enough to warrant serious consideration as new additions to captain Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin’s lineup.

At the moment, though, all that is known is that T1 have released a duo of talented players into the North American player pool and iBP’s return may possibly be on the horizon. Ultimately, fans can simply expect some serious roster shuffling.

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How to watch NSG x Renegades Valorant Invitational: streams, schedule, teams

Published: 16/Oct/2020 7:44 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 7:56

by Andrew Amos

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Nerd Street Gamers are partnering up with Renegades to put on a Valorant Invitational tournament, featuring 16 of the best North American teams. With $10,000 up for grabs, there’s more than just pride on the line.

Waiting for First Strike and need a healthy dose of competitive Valorant action? The NSG x Renegades Valorant Invitational should be enough to tide you over to the Riot-run event later this year.

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It’ll be the first time fans of North American Valorant will be able to see the new-look rosters after the Ignition Series shuffle.

The all-new T1 squad with DaZeD and Spyder will be making its debut, as well as Immortals after some of their stars took off to NRG and 100 Thieves.

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For everything you need to know about the NSG x Renegades Valorant Invitational, from who’s playing to how you can watch, we’ve got it right here.

NSG x Renegades Valorant Invitational stream

The NSG x Renegades Valorant Invitational will be streamed on the Nerd Street Gamers Twitch account. The action kicks off at 10am PT / 1pm ET on both October 16 and 17. We’ve embedded the stream below for your convenience.

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NSG x Renegades Valorant Invitational teams

The NSG x Renegades Valorant Invitational will feature some of North America’s best talent. The stacked T1 roster, Cloud9, Gen.G, FaZe Clan, and Immortals are the definite headliners. Renegades, of course, have sent their own squad.

There’s also some rising stars looking to disrupt the power rankings. Andbox and Spacestation Gaming made it through the open qualifiers, while Luminosity will look to build on a solid run here against the best of the best.

Team Players
Renegades retrQ, Cp2, Winsum, randyySavage, Berghy
Immortals Genghsta, jcStani, Jmoh, neptune, ShoT_UP
Cloud9 TenZ, Relyks, mitch, shinobi, vice
FaZe Clan corey, ZachaREEE, Marved, babybay, Rawkus
Luminosity Gaming thief, aproto, Venerated, Ksiaze, stellar
Rise riku, Spirit, ChurmZ, anger, Ange
Gen.G effys, gMd, huynh, MkaeL, PLAYER1
Equinox Esports DXN, Dcop, Paincakes, cute fat boy, mina
Complexity ohai, agm, Xp3, TBDTBD
Mamba Mode Gaming chase, zecK, Critical, Osias, TBD
T1 brax, AZK, Skadoodle, DaZeD, Spyder
Spacestation Gaming kaplan, roca, sSef, insky, Boostio
beastcoast Elevate, jammyz, TiGG, bdog, YaBoiDre
Moon Racoons Rebo, Temperature, Fiend, aleksandar, Shawn12590
Andbox ANDROID, yay, b0i, seb, POACH

NSG x Renegades Valorant Invitational schedule

The schedule of the NSG x Renegades Valorant Invitational isn’t out just yet. However, we do know the timings of when the games will start.

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Each day ⁠— October 16 and 17 ⁠— will kick off at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST. The grand final will start at approximately 3pm PT / 6pm ET / 11pm BST on October 17 ⁠— pending how long the previous series go.

We will update this as more information comes gets made publicly available.

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