Written By AashirAhmed - 2022-01-07
Giants Gaming recently announced, through Twitter, their final roster for VCT 2022. Although many teams indulged in altering their roster in the off-season, only a few amongst them decided on a complete roster revamp, and Giants Gaming was amongst this minority. After they released David "davidp" Prins and Štěpán "Ambi" Beránek in mid-December, only a single player remained on their team: Adolfo "Fit1nho" Gallego.
Giants Gaming had a strange year in the competitive scene, especially with a relatively unstable roster featuring more than a handful of changes throughout the entire year resulting in unstable chemistry and consistency in performances. A glance at their result history demonstrates that their run in Stage 1 and Stage 2 of VCT ended abruptly in the qualifiers themselves. However, they managed to turn the tables around in Stage 3, placing 2nd in VCT 2021 - Stage 3 - Europe - Challengers 2 encountering defeat against Team Liquid shortly after beating them in the Upper Bracket. They couldn’t continue the same performance onto VCT 2021 - Stage 3 - EMEA - Challengers Playoffs losing to G2 Esports. Despite their poor performance in VCT, they found success in several LVP tournaments and also in Red Bull Home Ground #2 - Main Event.
Adolfo "Fit1nho" Gallego, the only core player from Giants’ former roster has been playing for the team since June 2020. It is worth noting that he was a founding member of the team and competed in tournaments for Giants Gaming till January 2021, when he was released. However, a month of his absence caused the team’s results to plummet in Stage 1 of VCT. Therefore, Giants decided that it was in the team’s best interest to recall him
Joining him on the team will be Adam "Jesse" Čtvrtníček, a Czech player with a familiarity of the EMEA scene and praise-worthy stats featuring a 1.22 rating, and 238 ACS. His status at UCAM Esports Club was that of a “stand-in” but they did manage to win ICEBOX - Northern Classic - Main Event with him in the team. Shortly after that victory, UCAM Esports Club released their entire roster in an effort to build an entirely new one. In contrast, Batuhan "russ" Malgac had a more eventful year with several leaderboard positions throughout the VCT season, including a 2nd place in VCT 2021 - Stage 1 - Turkey Masters with BBL Esports and later in the year with Toxic Five. Nonetheless, his biggest achievement was participation in VCT 2021 - Stage 3 - Masters Berlin - Group Stage, the second-ever international Valorant event. His team faced tough luck in VCT 2021 - EMEA Last Chance Qualifier and couldn’t make the Champions event.
The other two players include Ondřej "MONSTEERR" Petrů, a member of Team Heretics. He had a difficult year in terms of finding a stable footing with the organizations he joined. As a result, his tournament participations were limited and didn’t include any VCT Challengers apart from the qualifiers. Even though he encountered a shortage of events to demonstrate the extent of his skills, he has maintained a 1.16 rating and 237 ACS in the last three months. Last but certainly not least is the addition of Fabian "Quick" Pereira, the new IGL of Giants Gaming. His participation in the scene matched that of MONSTEERR, except that he didn’t even get the chance to compete in Stage 2 and 3 qualifiers and a majority of the events he competed in were in the latter half of the year after signing with Movistar Riders where he led the team as an IGL to a 2nd place in LVP - Rising Series - Finale and 3rd in Finest Invitational.
As we transition into the initial stage of VCT 2022, the Giants Gaming is as follows:
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