Saif "Sayf" Jibraeel of Team Liquid compete at VALORANT Masters Tokyo Brackets Stage at Tipstar Dome Chiba on June 20, 2023 in Tokyo, Japan.

Sayf released by Team Liquid

By George Geddes


Sep 29, 2023

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The star duelist for European organization Team Liquid Saif “Sayf” Jibraeel, has been released from the Valorant team, it was announced today. 

Sayf, known for his aggressive duelist playstyle with Team Liquid, has been linked with a move away from the team for months following the team’s disappointing run at Valorant Champions, the largest and most anticipated event in the calendar, which took place earlier this year. 

It’s unclear if Sayf will join another European team in the partnered league, but there are several changes underway at almost every organization at the time of publication, other than Fnatic, who are looking to sign a new head coach. 

Sayf’s journey with Team Liquid 

Sayf was signed to Team Liquid in November last year alongside some of the best players in the region. 

He competed alongside Ayaz “nAts” Akhmetshin, formerly considered the best player in the world. 

Team Liquid began the year with a disappointing loss to Team Secret in the opening match of VCT LOCK//IN, which kicked off the competitive Valorant season this year. The event, which was held in São Paulo, Brazil, saw all of the partnered teams compete to win the first international tournament of the year. 

The European team moved on to compete in the opening split of the VCT EMEA league, which features some of the largest organizations in the region, such as Fnatic, Vitality, Karmine Corp, and more. 

Here, Liquid managed to defy the odds and defeat Fnatic in the grand final to win the split, which earned them a spot at VCT Masters Tokyo. 

While Liquid took down EDG at Masters, the team fell to NRG and Evil Geniuses, with two more disappointing losses at Champions to end the season. 

But the team will return next year with a new roster, but Sayf’s future remains unclear.