DRX Reveals Foxy9 After Leak, Lenne Tags Along With Team Secret, and GE Roster Goes Global
With the much-anticipated roster moves in the VALORANT scene, some of the noteworthy moves this past week include DRX revealing Foxy9 after an accidental leak, Lenne tagging along with Team Secret as a stand-in, and Global Esports (GE) going global with its three new players in the roster.
DRX Leaks Foxy9’s Arrival Prematurely
A new season. A new League. A new face.
— DRX VS (@DRX_VS) October 13, 2022
With almost everyone kept mainly in the dark, DRX fans had to wait and see for the team’s roster move as DRX itself hadn’t made much noise after the franchise announcement. However, the much-anticipated roster announcement was slightly ruined as DRX accidentally leaked Jung “Foxy9” Jae-sung’s (정재성) arrival to the team.
— Heart (@heartJSL) October 13, 2022
The leak came in the form of a thumbnail that was accidentally shared by DRX themselves — and the internet saw it instantaneously.
With the planned announcement pushing through regardless of the leak, DRX responded lightheartedly to their blunder with a meme.
— DRX VS (@DRX_VS) October 13, 2022
With Foxy9 part of the team, the massive DRX VALORANT roster is now made up of the following:
- Jung “Foxy9” Jae-sung (정재성)
- Kim “stax” Gu-taek (김구택)
- Goo “Rb” Sang-Min (구상민)
- Kim “Zest” Ki-seok (김기석)
- Yu “BuZz” Byung-chul (유병철)
- Kim “MaKo” Myeong-gwan (김명관)
- Kang “BeYN” Ha-bin (강하빈) (Trial/Sub)
- miKa (Trial/Sub)
- Pyeon “termi” Seon-ho (편선호) (Head Coach)
- Kim “glow” Min-soo (김민수) (Coach)
- Kwon “Argency” Soon-woo (권순우) (Coach)
- Ye “Anaks” Sang-jun (예상준) (Coach)
Lenne Plays With Team Secret In South Korea
After benching both Kevin “dispenser” Te and Riley “Witz” Go, internet sleuths soon got to work and apparently found Team Secret was set to sign two players: former Oasis Gaming Adrian “invy” Jiggs Reyes and former BLEED Lim “lenne” You Xiang Lionel. Fortunately, actual concrete evidence soon came to light and the rumors might’ve been true after all.
With Team Secret lacking a fifth man for the Daejeon VALORANT Invitational, eagle-eyed fans of the team soon spotted a peculiar player on the team that went with the IGN “LOUDPlaytest12“.
— KJC eSports (@KJCeSports) October 15, 2022
As it turns out, the rumors were true after all as Team Secret revealed soon revealed that LOUDPlaytest12 was indeed Lenne himself.
Our stand-in is looking good 👀
— Team Secret @ #TI11 (@teamsecret) October 15, 2022
With Lenne still technically a stand-in, Team Secret’s roster would be composed of the following should the former BLEED Sova-main join them:
- Jim “BORKUM” Timbreza
- Jessie “JessieVash” Cuyco
- Jayvee “DubsteP” Paguirigan
- Jeremy “Jremy” Cabrera
- Lim “lenne” You Xiang Lionel
- Kevin “dispenser” Te (Benched)
- Riley “Witz” Go (Benched)
- Chong “Fayde” Hoc Wah (Coach)
Going For A Global Roster With Aussie Pro Wronski
True to its name, Global Esports went global with its roster as it added three new players to its VALORANT team, with two of them being South Koreans whilst the other one an Aussie.
With Jordan “AYRIN” He moving to the VALORANT Pacific League to join GE, the India-based organization added three new foreign players in Park “Bazzi” Jun-ki (박준기), Kim “t3xture” Na-ra (김나라), and Michael “WRONSKI” Wronski. The four international players were confirmed as part of the starting five as revealed in GE’s recent roster reveal, with the final two still up in the air.
With a massive 10-man roster, GE’s multinational roster consists of:
- Jordan “AYRIN” He
- Michael “WRONSKI” Wronski
- Park “Bazzi” Jun-ki (박준기)
- Kim “t3xture” Na-ra (김나라)
- Ganesh “SkRossi” Gangadhar
- Abhirup “Lightningfast” Choudhury
- Pranav “Kohliii” Kohli
- Bhavin “HellrangeR” Kotwani
- Akshay “KappA” Sinkar
- Jayanth “skillZ” Ramesh
- Hong “Eraser” Chang-pyo (홍창표) (Coach)
- Vatsal “Nghtmre2k” Uniyal (Manager)
Sentinels Retains Tenz, Adds LATAM Duo
After getting the services of FilAm Jett Zachary “zekken” Patrone, Sentinels revealed Tyson “TenZ” Ngo is staying with the team after most of his teammates were let go.
The face of VALORANT
— Sentinels (@Sentinels) October 12, 2022
Meanwhile, the arrival of both Bryan “pancada” Luna and Gustavo “Sacy” Rossi — both from LOUD’s Champions 2022-winning roster — marks a new chapter for the North American organization after a disappointing 2022 VCT season.
Told you we’re not fucking around
A new chapter for the World Champions
— Sentinels (@Sentinels) October 15, 2022
With Michael “shroud” Grzesiek’s status still unannounced, Sentinels have the following in its roster:
- Tyson “TenZ” Ngo
- Bryan “pancada” Luna
- Gustavo “Sacy” Rossi
- Zachary “zekken” Patrone
- Don “SyykoNT” Muir (Head Coach)
- Adam “kaplan” Kaplan (Coach)
BLEED Acquires Former XERXIA SScary
With BLEED blowing up its roster following its third-place finish at the last VCT APAC Last Chance Qualifiers, BLEED’s rebuild this season is shaping up quite well.
Hey everyone! I'm with Bleed now. It's exciting and challenging for me. I'll do my best. Bleed in my veins now. ✌️😁🙏 https://t.co/2xQGWx59MG
— sScary (@sScaryOfficial) October 16, 2022
First, one of their recent announcements revealed former XERXIA controller Nutchapon “sScary” Matarat has joined their ranks.
With his crazy aim and leadership, we are glad that he is on our side! 😅
— Bleed Esports (@ggBleed) October 13, 2022
They’ve also finally signed Ngô Công “crazyguy” Anh after a month-long stand-in with the team.
📍 We are happy to announce that we have extended our term with Derrick "@DeryeonVAL" Yee;
— Bleed Esports (@ggBleed) October 11, 2022
We are happy to announce Jorell @FkRetla‘s return to join forces alongside @DeryeonVAL for the upcoming VCT circuit 💪🏻
— Bleed Esports (@ggBleed) October 12, 2022
Everyone wants him, but he is staying here! #GOBLEED
We are excited about the future and the competition that will follow. 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/q0vddh3b8o
— Bleed Esports (@ggBleed) October 17, 2022
Meanwhile, they’ve also resigned both Derrick “Deryeon” Yee and Jorell “Retla” Teo and as well as their coach Nikola “LEGIJA” Ninić back to the team.
📍 Kids grow up fast…! Don't they?
With his clean aim & bold play style, he will be a fear factor and will definitely be out for blood. 🩸 pic.twitter.com/Fb3FNvuZhz
— Bleed Esports (@ggBleed) October 14, 2022
Finally, they’ve also promoted Tyler James “Juicy” Aeria from the Academy roster to BLEED’s main five.
With their roster filled, BLEED will be taking on the VALORANT Ascencion League with the following:
- Nutchapon “sScary” Matarat
- Ngô Công “crazyguy” Anh
- Derrick “Deryeon” Yee
- Jorell “Retla” Teo
- Tyler James “Juicy” Aeria
- Nikola “LEGIJA” Ninić (Head Coach)
- Abhishek “GodspeedxD” Bajaj (Coach)
- Sushant “Ominous” Jha (Analyst)
RRQ Gets Another Indonesian Player
After an internet backlash from their first roster announcement, Rex Regum Qeon (RRQ) fills the Indonesian void in its roster with former BOOM Esports player Saibani “fl1pzjder” Rahmad.
Welcome to RRQ Family Saibani“Fl1pzjder” Rahmad. RRQ @fl1pzjder is a former Boom Esport player who also participated in VCT 2022! 🇮🇩
— Team RRQ (@teamrrqofficial) October 15, 2022
This move seemingly came in response to the Indonesian fans getting upset after RRQ chose to maintain its Filipino core with only David “tehbotoL” Monangin as the lone Indonesian player featured in the roster.
With Fl1pzjder added, RRQ’s Filipino x Indonesian roster features the following:
- David “tehbotoL” Monangin
- Eroll Jule “EJAY” Delfin
- Nathaniel “Nexi” Cabero
- James “2ge” Goopio
- Emmanuel “Emman” Morales
- Kelly “kellyS” Sedillo
- Saibani “fl1pzjder” Rahmad
- Martin “Ewok” (Coach)
Other Noteworthy Roster Moves
- After benching both Enzo “Enzo” Mestari and James “Mistic” Orfila, London-based organization FNATIC has signed former Guild Esports young gun Leo “Leo” Jannesson to the team. The 18-year-old Swede was part of Guild’s roster that debuted on the world stage in Masters Copenhagen 2022.
- Natus Vincere lets Dmitry “SmartSeven” Smartselov explore his options for 2023. This move leaves NaVi without an active player in its roster.
- Team Vitality signed former OG LDN UTD coach Salah “salah” Barakat as their new head coach for the EMEA League.
- LATAM-partnered team Chilean-based organization Leviatán has released Marco “Melser” Eliot Machuca Amaro and Benjamín “adverso” Poblete from its roster. Both players were part of its roster during their Champions 2022 run.
- Cloud9 officially released Rahul “curry” Nemani after almost a month of restricted-free agency.
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