Valorant’s T1 line-up continued to transform as Braxton “brax” Pierce and Keven “AZK” Larivière were leaving. The news comes after former Cloud9 CSGO player Timothy “autimatic” and his new coach joined T1.
Thank you for being such an integral part of T1 VALORANT – best of luck in your future endeavours & we’ll see you on the server! pic.twitter.com/maNryDGNxl
– T1 (@ T1) February 8, 2021
T1 is currently restructuring the roster to participate in the next Valorant Champions Tour. T1’s original Valorant roster, consisting of members entangled in the iBUYPOWER match-fixing scandal from Counter-Strike, was considered one of the strongest teams in Valorant’s early days. Both AZK and brax switched to Valorant, with brax being the first professional player to be contracted to an organization. T1 made several finals appearances in tournaments throughout the beta game period, before Riot Games announced the Ignition Series.
T1 lost to many famous teams and organizations when they decided to invest in Valorant. When joining the Ignition Series, AZK, brax and the rest of the team started to lose their rankings, losing many games when other organizations joined. T1 owns a very passive gameplay.
Currently, both of these players are on the free transfer market. Both AZK and brax have competed for semi-professional teams in the past, but given their form and reputation, maybe a few organizations will want to own the signatures of these two.
T1 is currently rebuilt from scratch. After coach Daniel “fRoD” Montaner left, the team is looking to make a new culture. T1 entered the VCT qualifiers with a new roster, but lost to AndBox, losing their first North American VCT spot.
With AZK and brax leaving, T1 needed to recruit one more member. Let’s wait and see who will be the replacement.