TSM disqualified from first major NA tournament of VCT season

By William Davis


Feb 25, 2022

Reading time: 4 min

The tournament series leading up to Valorant Champions has finally started, and the VCT 2022 Challengers are in full swing. 

The best leagues created in different parts of the world will compete for the Challengers, then the master, and then the grand final. TSM, whose name fans are accustomed to frequently hearing in the esports world, also participated in this competition.

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The organization, however, failed to qualify for the championship due to a tough 2021 season. 

The veteran TSM team, who wanted to stop this bad progress, suffered a great disaster while hoping to get in shape and succeed in 2022. But unfortunately, TSM was eliminated from the first major tournament of the season, VCT 2022 NA. This news, in particular, came as a shock to both TSM fans and those who rely on TSM and perhaps placed Valorant bets on the team.

We could tell that the defeat was hard on the team from one simple tweet from their official Twitter account.

Why was TSM VCT 2022 eliminated from NA Challengers?

Challengers 1 started to be organized with tournaments prepared by Valorant organizers worldwide. However, TSM was strong enough to rival teams such as FaZe Clan, T1, Luminosity, and Rise Gaming, which are important in their region. Their desire to be successful had increased, especially with the recent transfers of Daniel “Rossy” Abedrabbo and Corey “corey” Nigra to the team.

Even though they got the wins, they wanted one after the other at first, things didn’t go as they wanted in the final round. They also tasted defeat of FaZe Clan and lost to Ghost Gaming 2-1 and fell into the lower bracket.

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Before this match, BBG surprised with a player they had in reserve. That player was already familiar with the TSM style of play. After these developments, TSM suffered a 2-0 defeat. And the tournament was bid farewell due to the excellent game of BBG player Sean “bang” Bezerra. This elimination means we won’t be able to see TSM in the 2022 VCT NA tournaments until the qualifiers of TSM FTX Challengers 2. Stage 2 qualifiers for VCT begin in May in North America.

Post-qualification developments in TSM

TSM, which changed two players before the VCT 2022 NA Challengers started, still seems to have not achieved the desired output. Because of this, TSM may be on the verge of major changes before Stage 2 of the Challengers begins. 

Especially after a few days of elimination, the Valorant team moved to Austin and started to train full-time. It is among the shared information that the team is given time to work better and adapt.

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TSM Valorant Team May Have Roster Changes

The North American TSM Valorant community has begun to speak loudly after the recent defeats. It is one of the most frequently expressed by the community that there is “group failure” instead of personal performances. Especially in matches where the incompatibility of the team is revealed.

As we mentioned at the beginning of our article, FTX TSM had already gone through a renewal by replacing the players in its team with 2 new players. While criticism of the players’ performance has become the focus, some statements from TSM management are confusing. Currently, TSM’s Valorant Roster is as follows;

  • Matthew “Wardell”
  • Yassine “Subroza”
  • Aleko “LeviathanAG”
  • Corey “corey”
  • Daniel “Rossy”

Another news was the statements made by the vice president of TSM Esports. The vice president said; “I love this game and this team, but ultimately a lot needs to change because this isn’t the standard we set ourselves here at TSM.”

After this statement, it means that we can see some changes inside or outside the team. Kallas has only revealed his ideas to fans and the community. There is no official statement from TSM itself. However, it was promised that the decisions taken by TSM to achieve the goals in future tournaments will be notified to the community in an updated manner. Another promise was that they would definitely join the VCT Stage 2 NA Challengers.

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Even though TSM said goodbye to the VCT First Major early, competition is still going on for many teams. If you’re a TSM fan, don’t get discouraged and keep fueling your excitement for the Challengers finals. Or, if you want to get detailed information about the VCT 2022 schedule, you can check out our other article to see which tournaments are waiting for TSM in the future.