Sources: Guild Esports to rebuild roster with Jannesson and Sayf
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Following the removal of William “draken” Sundin from Guild Esports’ active roster, the English organization has removed Yacine Laghmari and Malkolm “bonkar” Rench. This leaves two players on the active roster, multiple sources told Upcomer on Oct. 29. 

Guild Esports will field Leo Jannesson and Saif “Sayf” Jibraeel to rebuild the roster. Both players have practiced alongside three other players following their defeat at the VALORANT Champions Tour EMEA Last Chance Qualifier, which concluded on Oct. 17. 

Bonkar and Laghmari will likely move to another organization, but this doesn’t bar either player from returning to the Guild Esports roster at some stage. 

The organization is undergoing a major roster shift following a relatively successful season in Europe. Although the Swedish team failed to qualify for VALORANT Champions, the biggest event of year, they managed to put up impressive showings against some of the best European teams in the region. 

During the Last Chance Qualifier, Guild took down G2 Esports, Futbolist and Oxygen Esports to earn a place in the grand final against Team Liquid. The Swedish team lost 3-1 and was eliminated from the event, concluding Guild’s VCT season. 

The British organization entered VALORANT in October 2020 with the acquisition of  Bonk, one of the best teams in the game at the time. Following the signing, the team continued to perform at the top level. They beat some of the best teams in Europe including Fnatic, FunPlus Phoenix and Ninjas in Pyjamas.

The team would consistently place in the top four of tournaments but usually failed to pick up a first-place finish. Guild just missed out on qualifying for VCT Masters Berlin earlier this year. This followed a top-eight finish, just outside of the top four placement required to attend the event. 

Guild Esports will temporarily field the following roster: 

  • Jannesson
  • Sayf
  • André “BARBARR” Möller (coach)
George is the lead reporter for Upcomer from the United Kingdom.
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