Beastcoast drops VALORANT roster, may exit the esport
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Beastcoast released its VALORANT roster and coach on April 30. The organization has multiple players and teams across esports titles, but may be exiting the Riot Games title.

Beastcoast started in VALORANT in August of 2020. The team has gone through many roster iterations before settling on their most recent lineup. The last event the team competed in was the qualification tournament for the VALORANT Champions Tour’s Challengers 2 event. The amateur team Squirtle Squad took down beastcoast 2-1 in round 32.

An official statement has not been made by the organization, but VALORANT no longer appears in its official Twitter bio. The team’s coach, Daniel “fRoD Montaner, said in his release statement that the organization is exiting the competitive VALORANT scene.

“Released from contract with beastcoast, sadly they are stepping out of the game. Had a fantastic time with the players and have nothing but amazing things to say about all of them. Appreciate the opportunity just sadly was short lived,” fRoD’s tweet said.

Who beastcoast released

The team consisted of former Immortals and NRG player Yannick “KOLER” Blanchette along with in-game leader Chad “Oderus” Miller. Jamal “jammyz” Bangash, Tanner “TiGG” Spanu and former Dignitas player Phat “supamen” Le filled out the roster in their last outing. The team’s coach, fRoD, was also released. The organization’s last pickups were KOLER in and fRoD in March, then Oderus and supamen in early April.

KOLER tweeted a statement about his release: “I’ve been released from my contract with @beastcoast & am now a completely free agent LFT. I’m eager to compete again & have major tourney experience on cyber, duelists, and smokes. DMs open & RTs appreciated. TYSM for the continued support.”

This roster, and its lineups before, did not achieve much at the top, or second, tier level in North America. Their top placement in a VCT event was at Stage 1 Challengers 3 with a qualifying bracket quarterfinals lost to amateur team Kooky Koalas. In 2020, the team placed third at the Pulse Series tournament in a field of other tier-two VALORANT squads. Back then, the roster consisted of jammyz and TiGG along with other lesser known players.

The organization is a staple of the tier-two North American VALORANT community as one of the longest running organizations in the game. While not known for winning, the team competed across multiple tournaments and regularly ended in the top 32 in whatever event they attended.

Declan is an esports journalist and part-time editor for Upcomer. He is an avid gamer and League of Legends player. You can find him at the bottom of the leaderboard in most games or on Twitter.