North American organization XSET have begun to field replacements for Bryce “PureR” Lovell on the VALORANT roster, multiple sources told Upcomer.
XSET have practiced without the Jett player for several days and the organization will trial several players prior to the start of the 2022 VALORANT Championship Tour. At the time of publication, the start date for the North American VCT is unknown.
If released by the organization, PureR will likely look for another roster in North America.
XSET recently finished in first place at the Nerd Street Gamers Winter Championship: Open 7, which concluded on Dec. 1. XSET defeated teams such as Evil Geniuses and Complexity, in their playoff run, before they took down NRG Esports in the grand final.
XSET, arguably one of the best teams in North America, recently bowed out of the Last Chance Qualifier, which would’ve secured the team a place at VALORANT Champions. They defeated Luminosity in the first round but lost to 100 Thieves in the second round of the upper bracket. The team took down Version1 in the lower bracket but lost to eventual winners Cloud9 in the third round.
Most notably, XSET made two transfers earlier this year, which has propelled them to the highest level in the region. In June, XSET signed British in-game leader and former CS:GO professional player Rory “dephh” Jackson and up and coming talent Zachary “zekken” Patrone.
The team would finish in fourth place at the North American Stage 3: Masters Berlin Playoffs, which concluded in August. XSET barely missed out on an automatic spot at Masters Berlin, as they finished outside of the top three. XSET were defeated by Team Envy and 100 Thieves, both of which attended the event alongside Sentinels.
If XSET release PureR from the organization, the team will field the following roster:
- Jordan “AYRIN” He
- Brendan “BcJ” Jensen
- Don “SyykoNT” Muir