Saturday, June 25, 2022

Rix.GG releases main Valorant ‘Thunder’ roster with no plans to find a replacement, women’s team remains unaffected

UK esports organization Rix.GG has announced it is pausing its Valorant ‘Thunder’ project for the foreseeable future.

Thunder was Rix.GG’s Valorant first team which had taken part in the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT), Icebox tournaments and more.

Rix.GG said that while it won’t be looking for a replacement roster, it remains “committed to finding its place in the Valorant professional scene” and to its “mission of promoting inclusion and diversity in esports”.

Rix.GG’s separate female ‘Lightning’ team, first announced in 2021, remains unaffected and is participating in Valorant Game Changers.

“I’m incredibly proud of everything this team has accomplished and proved in their time with Rix, however, this makes it even harder to release the team. We will be stepping away from the Valorant Thunder program for the time being.”

Zack Chandler, Rix.GG

All the ‘Thunder’ players remain under contract but are free to explore other options for the Valorant Regional League (VRL) qualifiers. Those interested in trialling any of the players can email [email protected].

While playing for Rix.GG, the Valorant ‘Thunder’ roster remained in the top 20 esports organizations in the EU, took third place in the Icebox Northern Classic, and finished 5th/6th in the Champions Tour Europe Stage 3: Challengers 2.

Zack Chandler, head of esports at Rix.GG, said: “Sometimes the best thing to do is take a step back and evaluate the situation. I’ve had the honor of getting to know each of these players and spending time with them in person, and I’m fortunate enough to see them as friends.

“I’m incredibly proud of everything this team has accomplished and proved in their time with Rix, however, this makes it even harder to release the team. We will be stepping away from the Valorant Thunder program for the time being.”

Jay Batzofin, team manager, added: “It’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Thunder. I watched the team grow and win. I felt when they failed, and I celebrated in their victories. Some of my best esports moments were watching this team excel in their craft. I wish them all the best and hope they find a team that gets them to where they deserve to be. Thank you for being a part of Rix. I’ll miss you all.”

In other recent UK Valorant news, LDN UTD reached the VCT 2022 EMEA Stage 1 Challengers after beating Excel in closed qualifier lower bracket final.

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