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Charlie Howard Writer
Yovcho Yovchev Video Editor
Adam Fitzsimmons Lead Graphic Designer
Colin McNeil Supervising Producer

Braxton “Brax” Pierce was, at one point, widely considered to be among North America’s most promising up-and-coming Counter-Strike (CS:GO) talents.

He was young, mechanically gifted and one of the region’s future hopes for one day winning a Major, the pinnacle of competition in CS:GO.

But before he could realize his potential, the young prodigy was banned from competing at the highest level of the game he loved — unable to accomplish the heights, that at one point, seemed an inevitability.

But then, a new opportunity presented itself. Riot Games’ brightly colored, explosive entry into the FPS genre: VALORANT. And Brax himself is at the helm of this budding new esport.

The bright, bombastic style might contrast with the dusty, toned down Counter-Strike, but the mechanics are extremely similar making Riot’s tactical shooter a beacon of hope for CS:GO’s lost sons.

Brax’s future in competitive esports now has an aura of optimism to it. A glow of endless possibility where once there were limits. It’s a future where he can be the author in this brand new chapter of his esports career.

Experience his entire journey, from Brax as CS:GO prodigy to VALORANT veteran, in the first installment of Upcomer’s Rise and Fall video series.

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