European VALORANT team Alliance have released 21-year-old Thomas “kAdavra” Johner to prompt a roster move elsewhere, according to sources close to Upcomer.
Although kAdavra’s destination is unknown, the player has not been seen practising with the side. The move was not made by the organization, hence kAdavra has likely been purchased by another team, according to one source.
The move would leave Alliance with four members, but former CS:GO player Alexandre “xms” Forté’s trial is set to end in June. It is unclear whether Alliance is set to extend the loan from Team Finest, however.
Not quite at the top level
Alliance had a disappointing finish in the VALORANT Champions Tour 2021: Europe Stage 2 Challengers 2 open qualifier. The team finished in the top 16, just shy of earning qualification at Challengers 2 for a shot at VALORANT Masters later this month.
The European team were defeated by eventual European champions Team Liquid, 2-0.
Alliance has performed relatively well in recent months but have failed to reach the highest level. At the VCT Stage 1 Challengers 2 in February earlier this year, Alliance defeated Wave Esports to finish in the top four. FunPlus Phoenix, Heretics and Ninjas in Pyjamas would join Alliance to qualify for Stage 1 Masters.
In December, Alliance entered VALORANT to sign interviewer and host James “BanKs” Banks as the general manager. He built the European roster, with Enzo “Fearoth” Mestari revealed to be the first acquisition on Jan. 28. Two days later, VALORANT commentator Mitch “MitchMan” McBride joined the organization as an analyst.
Alliance did not qualify for the upcoming VCT Stage 2: Masters in Reykjavik, Iceland, however. Fnatic and Team Liquid are set to represent Europe while Sentinels and Version1 qualified from North America. NUTURN were the only side to qualify from Korea, while Crazy Racoons will represent Japan at the international event.
With the recent move, Alliance are set to field the following roster for upcoming events:
- Niels “luckeRRR” Jasiek
- Tautvydas “hype” Paldavicius