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North American organization TSM has removed Sean “bang” Bezerra from the starting VALORANT roster, multiple sources told Upcomer Sept. 1. 

Bang will likely be allowed to look for a new team while TSM continues to search for his replacement. TSM has not signed a new player to replace Bang but they will begin trials soon, according to multiple sources. 

TSM and Bang

TSM is set to compete in the upcoming Last Chance Qualifier later this year if a North American team secures first place at VCT Masters in Berlin later this month.

The event, which will allow one team from North America to secure qualification to Champions, will begin in October. 

Bang was brought onto the roster to play Smokes Agents such as Astra, but was allowed to take on the Duelist role occasionally. His individual performance significantly increased when he played Agents such as Phoenix, Reyna and Raze. 

TSM signed Bang on June 29, just a few months ago. He was brought in to replace Braxton “brax” Pierce following his release from the team, as first reported by Upcomer. Brax would later re-join his former team T1, who he originally joined at the beginning of his VALORANT career. 

TSM recently competed in the VCT Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs following their direct qualification from Challengers 2. TSM were defeated by both Envy and Rise during Challengers Playoffs, which meant they did not earn enough Circuit points to automatically qualify for the Last Chance Qualifier. 

Previously TSM had taken down Luminosity Gaming, Gen.G, T1 and FaZe Clan during Challengers 2, arguably the team’s most successful tournament in recent history. TSM looked dominant in their matches with only a few maps lost throughout the event. There were a few nail biting matches, however. 

TSM will field the following roster following the removal of bang: 

  • James “hazed” Cobb
  • Matthew “WARDELL” Yu
  • Yassine “Subroza” Taoufik
  • Aleko “Leviathan” Gabuniya

George is the lead reporter for Upcomer from the United Kingdom.


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