Trent "trent" Cairns of The Guard competes at the VALORANT Masters Bracket Stage on April 15, 2022 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The Guard set to release all players following failure to join the VCT

By George Geddes


Aug 29, 2023

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North American organization The Guard is set to release all of its Valorant players without buyouts following the revelation that the organization will not participate in the VCT partnered league next year, multiple sources told and confirmed by the head coach.

It is understood that The Guard will likely pay the players their termination buyouts to ensure they can be signed to another organization without difficulty.

The Guard players, a few of whom have been linked with a move away from the organization prior to the decision by Riot to disallow The Guard from participating in the Americas league, will seek other offers immediately.

Today, The Guard head coach Josh Lee announced that he is set to seek offers from other organizations.

The Guard fails to make the league

Three players under the organization, Jacob “valyn” Batio, Michael “neT” Bernet, and Jonah Pulice, have contracts that will expire soon, so they will be free to find new homes regardless of the move.

But the players currently remain in contact with the organization since there was a chance all players and the coach would stick together under The Guard for the VCT Americas league next year.

Several players have trialed with different teams but have been unable to sign with other organizations since the transfer window does not open until next month.

Astonishingly, it was announced today that The Guard failed to meet the deadline to agree to the team participation agreement, which was necessary to formalize the organization’s entrance into the Americas league.

The Guard qualified for the Americas partnered league following a victory at the Ascension tournament earlier this year.

The VCT Americas league 2024 will move forward with ten teams rather than eleven, as a result.