dafran given lifetime ban by Valorant organizer after Twitter meltdown

Steven R. May 17, 2020

Daniel "dafran" Francesca’s career in Valorant is not off to an especially great start.

That isn’t because of his actual skills in the game are lacking. The former Atlanta Reign DPS player is on the rocks these days with French tournament organizer and esports organization Solary due to his team’s ejection from a tournament, which was followed by a lifelong ban from all future Solary events.

“Today, the player dafran made disrespectful remarks during our Solary Cup on Valorant...We don’t accept this kind of totally inappropriate behaviour, especially for a reason that lies at the root of his mistake. dafran is banned for life from our tournaments,” Solary said in a statement released on Twitter.

The news did not sit well dafran, who quote tweeted the statement. He made no effort to hide his frustration and dissatisfaction with Solary over the news:

dafran was previously competing in the Solary Cup Valorant tournament with a team sponsored by the Prodigy Agency. Prodigy has been competing in Valorant events with a number of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pros, including the following players:

  • Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas Colocho 
  • Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom
  • Ardis "ardiis" Svarenieks
  • Bayram Ben "bramz" Redjeb
  • Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi
  • William "draken" Sundin 

Prodigy was scheduled to face HypHypHyp, an all-French team led by Paris Eternal player Damien "HyP" Souville, in the event’s semifinals. According to Dexerto, the start time for the match was changed. Though HypHypHyp was aware of the change and loaded onto the server at the time, Prodigy did not see the notification and did not. Members of HypHypHyp tried to call Prodigy’s attention to this, with HyP personally tweeting dafran.

The change and potential of being issued a map penalty did not sit well with dafran, who accused the French tournament organizer of giving preferential treatment to the French team. HypHypHyp vs. Prodigy was later rescheduled, without dafran participating.

Prodigy performs well in Solary Cup, with or without dafran

The matchup between HypHypHyp and Prodigy was rescheduled for May 18, with no map penalty being implemented. That was good news for Prodigy, as HypHypHyp took the first map with a 13-10 win on Haven. Prodigy came back strong on Split and evened the series with a quick 13-6 win. From there, Prodigy closed things out on Bind by winning 13-11.

The win over HypHypHyp advances Prodigy into the finals of the Solary Cup. They are set to face fish123, a British team led by former CSGO pro Adam "ec1s" Eccles. 

Though the loss of dafran is certainly tough for Prodigy, but it seems like they're capable of performing without him. The Solary Cup has a 5,000 euro prize for the first-place finisher.