Editor’s note 02/06/21: This article was updated to clarify information regarding Ha “Spyder” Jung-woo.
North American and South Korean organization T1 is set to change one or two players on their VALORANT roster, according to sources close to Upcomer.
In-game leader Sam “DaZeD” Marine, who joined the T1 VALORANT team last October, is set to be removed from the starting lineup, according to several sources.
22-year old Ha “Spyder” Jung-woo will remain on the roster, one source told Upcomer. Spyder, who has played previously in the Overwatch League, has been a part of the roster since October.
It is unclear which players would replace them if both are removed.
The moves follow a joint last place finish at the VALORANT Championship Tour Stage 2 Challengers 2 event in April. Fellow North American team Built By Gamers finished last place alongside T1, having earned $1,000 respectively. Sentinels, Cloud9 Blue, NRG and ANDBOX were the four teams to qualify for Challengers Finals.
The organization initially underwent significant changes following the removal of Braxton “Brax” Pierce. The 24-year old was the first VALORANT player to join the organization in March last year, months before the release of the game in June later that year. Brax was later released from the roster in February, and joined TSM in March.
Brax’ former iBUYPOWER teammate Keven “AZK” Larivière was also removed from the team at that time. The 30-year old has yet to join another roster since his removal by the organization.
T1 finished in second place at the T1 x Nerd Street Gamers Showdown in June last year. The squad was defeated by TSM in the finals, but took down several North American teams such as Gen.G and Immortals. Prior to their match against TSM, T1 had not lost a map during their playoff run.
The organization would field the following roster if both moves are confirmed:
- Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham
- Timothy “autimatic” Ta
- Rahul “curry” Nemani