Valorant: T1 release autimatic, SkaDoodle, sign seven

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The Joshua “steel” Nissan led T1 have overhauled their current iteration of the roster by parting ways with the core from the 2020-21 lineup. 

T1 have released Tyler “SkaDoodle” Latham and Timothy “autimatic” Ta from their active Valorant division, the North American-Korean organization announced today on their Twitter handle. 

Ahead of the 2022 pro season, T1 have completely revamped their Valornant roster and with the departure of SkaDoodle and autimatic from last night, the team no longer fields any player from their original lineup which they had formed back in 2020 while the game was still in its beta phase. T1 since the very beginning underwent a plethora of changes within the team in the form of roster changes and roles. This has indeed thwarted the team’s chances of making it further in every VCT powered tournament which forced them back to the drawing board and re-evaluate their options for their forthcoming competitions in 2022.

SkaDoodle being the only player from T1’s original lineup has been released by the team followed by a roller-coaster stint of performances across 2020-21 while autimatic who initially called quits on Counter Strike : Global Offensive has been linked to that of Evil Geniuses and is expected to join Jake “Stewie2K” Yip, William “RUSH” Weirzba for their 2022 iteration coached by Damien “maLeK” Marcel

In a TwitLonger, autimatic added,

Going into 2022 I will no longer be competing with T1. We didn’t get the results we were aiming for but I am so grateful to have been a part of this team. I worked with great people, tried the best I could to improve myself day in and day out, and got to do what I love most — compete. This year I wanted to share some thoughts on each teammate I’ve had the pleasure of playing with. A lot can go unnoticed, unsaid, and unappreciated in the heat of competition so I want to change that.

Soon after the above duo were released, T1 announced the addition of Johann “seven” Hernandez to their active roster from 100 Thieves and will play under the guidance of steel, T1’s new IGL. 

He continued,

For me – I came into Valorant with no expectations. I knew I needed a change as the previous year was the hardest one I’ve ever been through, so this was an opportunity for a fresh start and to build myself from the ground up. However, I did set a goal for myself — I wanted to refine the process I’ve used throughout my career for improving, competing, and performing so that it was more sustainable. This meant focusing more on my physical and mental health. I’m still figuring it out, but I believe I’m on the right track.

T1 Valorant now have:

  • Joshua “steel” Nissan (In-Game Leader and Captain)
  • Zander “thwifo” Kim
  • Johann “seven” Hernandez
  • Rahul “curry” Nemani
  • Johann “seven” Hernandez
  • David Dennis (Head Coach)

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