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T1 add DaZeD to their VALORANT roster

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It’s been a roller coaster when it comes to T1’s involvement in VALORANT. They got into the scene early, locking down Counter-Strike: Global Offensive veterans Braxton "Brax" Pierce and Keven "AZK" Larivière to build around, finishing up with Austin "crashies" Roberts, Victor "food" Wong, and Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham. They had a ton of hype, and at first they delivered. The roster took first place at the Twitch Rivals: VALORANT Launch Showdown - NA and second at North America’s first Ignition Series event, the T1 x NSG Showdown. But it was disappointing from then on. Over the course of the Ignition Series, T1 repeatedly dominated in group stages, but fell short in knockouts. It was here that Skadoodle went inactive to work on “expanding his agent pool”. T1 played future events with their coach, Danny "fRoD" Montaner, and a T1 Academy member, Daniel "eeiu" Vucenovic, filling in. The icing on the cake came after a group stage exit to Renegades in the Knights Invitational Gauntlet Series. Most recently, the rebuilding roster finished tied for last at the Pop Flash VALORANT Invitational.

Roster moves were in order, and that’s just what happened. On September 3rd, T1 announced that crashies and food had been released. They would later find their way to Envy.

That has left T1 with just the veterans to build around. It’s been a very quiet month for the team as they’ve worked on rebuilding while the scene looks forward to First Strike. Today, we’ve finally seen the first of the fruits of their work, as they’ve announced the signing of Sam "DaZeD" Marine.

Sam 'DaZeD' Marine (2016), © fragbite.se
Sam 'DaZeD' Marine (2016), © fragbite.se

DaZeD has quite a storied history in Counter-Strike, one that runs parallel to that of his teammates. He’s been playing the game competitively since 2009, pulling away an early win at LanChamp Los Angeles 2010 with The Last Resort, before switching to Global Offensive in 2012. He won the ESEA Global Finals Season 12 with Area 51 Gaming, before finding himself on iBUYPOWER in late 2013.

From this point, of course, the story is well known. DaZeD and his teammates, three of whom he’s linking up with on T1, became one of the best teams in North America and the team that was supposed to make them relevant globally. But a matchfixing scandal cut everything short. DaZeD, like the rest, was permanently banned from large CS:GO competitions by tournament organizers, and though some would later drop their bans, Valve never would, rendering DaZeD unable to ever compete in a Major.

Compared to Joshua "steel" Nissan, who continued to raise good rosters in Counter-Strike, or AZK, who switched games and played Overwatch, being banned wasn’t as kind to DaZeD. He spent his time muddling around in CS:GO, participating in the odd lower-tier tournaments and playing plenty of ESEA and FACEIT weeklies. But after teasing his signing a month ago, DaZeD is back competing, along with his former teammates, in Riot’s tactical shooter VALORANT.

Unlike 100 Thieves, who picked up veterans but added younger talent around them, T1 appear to be purely building the roster based off of older Counter-Strike talent. This surely has both pros and cons, but the more pressing issue is who will round out the roster. If they want to stick with veterans, there aren’t many left looking to switch. The question of who will round out the lineup will be incredibly interesting to watch develop as First Strike gets closer and closer.

T1 are now:

Braxton “brax” Pierce Keven “AZK” Larivière Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham Sam “DaZeD” Marine

Daniel “fRoD” Montaner (Coach)

Comments

steel in 100T rip, I wonder who's going to be the 5th
2020-10-12 20:28
IBP v2?
2020-10-12 20:34
steel already with 100T
2020-10-13 02:13
Meddo | paradox
Feels bad
2020-10-13 09:44
I legit thought that T1 was going to joing 100T and NRG on butchering the IMT roster, pretty good to say the least
2020-10-12 20:36
needing some firepower in this roster
2020-10-12 20:56
paTiTek | dior
biggest pickup of century POGGGGGGGG
2020-10-13 00:17
omegalul - this roster is done
2020-10-13 02:12
why would they do it lol
2020-10-13 02:27
ScreaM | dax
Matchfixing in VALORANT incomming
2020-10-13 05:14
This shit is like Dignitas signing NiP lineup in CS

well t1 is done for

2020-10-13 05:38
humlik | Dumbo
theScore esports be like: "The infamous thowing team is back TOGETHER?".
2020-10-13 05:46
truuuuu
2020-10-13 12:23
"Hello rambo... yes, we are getting the 1.6 boys back together"
2020-10-13 07:54
Sentinels cgz
I dont think this is the right move at all but I guess we'll see. Does anyone know if T1 is playing in the NSG x RNG tourney coming up?
2020-10-13 14:22
lol
2020-10-14 07:47
LETS GOOOOO 👹👺
2020-10-16 22:42

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