TSM has finally dived into the nascent female Valorant esports scene with a roster spearheaded by former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional Catherine “Cath” Leroux.
TSM was one of the first notable esports organization to introduce a professional Valorant team. Several other organizations then followed suit in contributing to Valorant esports. With names like Cloud9 and Counter Logic Gaming introducing female rosters, everyone had their sights set on TSM. The organization has finally made the big announcement, revealing a highly anticipated Valorant roster studded with skilled players.
THE HUNT BEGINS 💥
We’re incredibly excited to introduce to you our newest Valorant team. Welcome to #TSM.
— TSM (@TSM) March 17, 2021
TSM’s second Valorant roster features Catherine “Cath” Leroux, Katherine “LunarKats” So, Emily “mle” Peters, Zoe “Zoe” Servais, and Mirna “Athxna” Noureldin. Out of the five, Cath has the finest resume, decorated with her achievements in CSGO. The former CSGO player has previously made highlights in Dignitas and then CLG Red’s jerseys. Athxna and LunarKats have also earned their stripes in CSGO esports, making them valuable assets to TSM Valorant.
“We wanted the best players to build out our competitive VALORANT presence, and we found them. Cath is a veteran leader who has shown clear dominance in various matches since 2017. Athxna shows real prowess as an in-game leader, and with the raw skill that LunarKats, mle, and Zoe possess, I see huge potential for this team.” TSM founder and CEO Andy “Reginald” Dinh said.
All five players bring unique experiences and skills to the table. The new recruits have been actively participating in tournaments such as the FTW Summer Showdown and Gen.G x Valorant’s proving grounds. Their performances have been commendable as LunarKats and Zoe reached the semi-finals and finals in the latter event.
A plethora of esports giants have dipped their toes in the female Valorant scene that has been building momentum since the game’s release. Riot’s shooter has garnered a massive player base with many of women actively partaking in local tournaments and events. A positive response and solid support from the developer have successfully converted that casual player base into esports teams, now generously scattered in the North American region.
TSM is the latest team to contribute to the female scene with a fresh new roster. The organization’s five will mark its debut on March 19 in the first Game Changers open qualifier.