Roster changes keep coming heading into Valorant Champions Tour Stage 1: Challengers 2. North America-based team T1 parted ways with the two oldest members of the roster, Braxton “brax” Pierce and Keven “AZK” Lariviére. The announcement came with a video clip in which the team’s head coach, David Denis, thanks his players.
“We’re really proud at T1 with everything he’s accomplished with us, and a lot of what we were able to do in the 2020 season was a large part because of his talent and his hard work,” Denis said. “As of today, however, we’re announcing that we’re allowing brax to pursue other opportunities in Valorant. We wish you the very best of luck in your future.”
Rumors about the futures of brax and AZK came to the surface after fans found out they weren’t registered for VCT Challengers 2 as part of T1 roster last week. Following this incident, roster movements weren’t hard to guess and now it’s official.
Brax and AZK are longtime friends since they competed together for iBuyPower’s CS:GO team in 2014. However, the duo was banned from Valve-sponsored tournaments in that time due to match fixing. After retiring from CS:GO in March 2020, brax joined T1’s Valorant roster as the first member of the roste. A month later, the old friends reunited as T1 added AZK to the squad in April.
Although T1 created a promising team, things didn’t go as expected. The team has always been a part of big events in Valorant, but couldn’t manage to win any trophy. Recently, T1 competed in the open qualifiers of VCT’s Challengers 1, but was eliminated against AndBox in the top 16.
T1 VALORANT roster is:
- Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham
- Sam “DaZeD” Marine
- Ha “Spyder” Jung-woo
- Timothy “autimatic” Ta
- David Denis (Coach)