T1’s VALORANT squad is switching from Braxton’s “brax” Pierce to Keven’s “AZK” Larivière, the company reported today.
This news follows reports that emerged when Timothy’s “autimatic” Ta was reported to be joining the roster last week.
In the announcement, T1 said it was “allowing brax to pursue other opportunities.” The org also said that AZK will be “an incredible part of whatever team he moves to next.”
Thank you for being such an integral part of T1 VALORANT – best of luck in your future endeavours & we’ll see you on the server! pic.twitter.com/maNryDGNxl
— T1 (@T1) February 8, 2021
Brax signed with T1 as the organization’s first player on the VALORANT roster in March 2020. Brax is known for his professional career in CS:GO, but he got the chance to play against a Major that had been robbed following his participation in the iBUYPOWER match-fixing fiasco back in 2013.
After signing with T1, the company went ahead and got one of his former iBUYPOWER teammates in AZK. This was followed by two more former teammates in Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham and Sam “DaZeD” Marine, and then former Overwatch pro Ha “Spyder” Jung-woo.
Together, the roster qualified for the main event of the First Strike, but ultimately lost to 100 Robbers in the quarter-finals.
In their final match together, they barely missed the qualification for the first NA Challengers event in a 2-1 defeat to AndBox.
Although what the former iBUYPOWER roster may have done would remain one of the greatest what-ifs, the squad has a second shot at success at VALORANT with the signing of the autimacy.
Nailing the fifth player to stand next to the former CS:GO star still at its height would, however, be vital to T1’s progress.
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