Alliance Bench kAdavra and Part Ways with Neekz

Published: Aug 27, 2021

Alliance is a gaming organisation that needs no introduction. They have achieved incredible results across multiple esports titles, but Valorant is the one frontier that keeps eluding them. Despite entering Valorant Champions Tour in the early February of 2021, this roster has failed to meet the expectations. They didn’t qualify for the recent EMEA Challengers Playoffs, and the amount of EMEA Circuit Points they accumulated so far is nowhere near the amount required for them to be able to attend the VCT EMEA Last Chance Qualifiers.

As a result, the organisation has decided to part ways with Daragh “Neekz” Coady, who joined the organisation on June 1st as a coach. Additionally, they have benched Thomas “kAdavra” Johner who was a part of the original Alliance Valorant roster. Right now, their roster consists of three remaining members – Fearoth, luckeRRR, and hype. They have not announced any replacements yet, but we know they’re already working on it.

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What’s next for Alliance?

Although it seems that this is the end of the road for Alliance in the Valorant Champions Tour, they are far from being done with competitive Valorant. The recent roster changes are a testament to that. We can expect two new team members to be joining the organisation in the near future, as well as a new coach.

Valorant Champions Tour is drawing closer to its end, and now that Alliance have missed their opportunity there, they can focus elsewhere. For example, they are scheduled to appear in the upcoming Valorant Open Tour: France Finals in November. This is a smaller tournament with eight teams competing, and seems like a perfect opportunity for Alliance to test their new roster. They have a few months to find two replacements, which should be more than enough time.

In the end, despite failing to leave their mark in the Valorant Champions Tour, this squad has learned a lot and will be able to utilize that knowledge in trials ahead. Riot Games have struck gold with VCT and they’ll certainly be looking to expand on this in some way. Perhaps we will see another mega tournament similar to Valorant Champions Tour revealed for 2022, but right now we can only speculate. In any case, there will be plenty of other opportunities for Alliance to try again, and hopefully succeed.

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Rebuilding the Alliance roster

Alliance is currently sitting with an incomplete roster and they’re looking to rebuild. James Banks, the General Manager for Alliance, stated on his Twitter that the organisation is looking for new players who are motivated, dedicated, and eager to prove themselves. He further specified that Alliance is looking for skilled Duelists and Controllers. This narrows down the pool of potential professional players who might be brought on board, and gives us a clearer picture of the future roster.

According to James, the three current members are still staying with Alliance and they’re considered as the core of the team.

It will be interesting to see who’ll fill in the two vacant spots in the Alliance roster, and what the final setup will be. They have ample time to sort through all the applications and decide on the best picks for them. We’ll be looking forward to more news from Alliance, and eagerly anticipating the new roster reveal.

Denis Alihodzic

Since: March 1, 2021

Freelance writer with a passion for gaming and esports. Loves a good old-school RPG, and enjoys spending time with his dogs.

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