The Valorant Champions Tour has been a blast so far. As Riot’s first mega Valorant tournament, it has surpassed all expectations and placed the game high on the list of some of the most popular esports games today. Many teams came from 2020 feeling confident, having played some lower-tier tournaments with not much at stake, but once they entered this tournament it proved to be a whole different beast.
Immortals achieved great results in VCT Stage 1, but when they were expected to do the same in Stage 2, something just felt off. In light of recent results, they’ve decided to slightly alter their roster by signing Daniel “Rossy” Abedrabbo and offering him a permanent spot on the squad.
Bet you didn't see this one coming. Welcome to #IMTVAL, Rossy!
— Immortals (@Immortals) April 29, 2021
On the other hand, Nicholas “NaturE” Garrison’s contract has been terminated. He’s been on personal leave since April 1st, but as of this moment, he’s no longer involved with the organisation.
What could have led to this?
Many people seem to forget that Valorant Champions Tour is a year-long event. If you’re in it, you’re aiming for the top, and that’s VCT Champions in December. That’s a lot of time you have to dedicate to one game, one team, and one goal.
The harsh reality is that not many can take this tempo for a lot of different reasons. For some it’s burnout, for others it’s lack of willpower. Some have certain standards and expectations and if the team they’re in does not live up to those expectations, they’re moving on somewhere else.
NaturE’s personal break was what ignited the spark and led to this change in the roster. While we do not know for certain what caused him to stop mid-tournament, it could be any of the reasons mentioned earlier. This also poses a serious question – can you really take a break in such a competitive environment? It certainly lessens your chance of staying on the team.
Some players can do it. TenZ, for example, took a break from competitive play in C9 Blue and look at him now. He’s still one of the best, if not the best player in Valorant right now, and plays for the best NA team.
Whatever the case may be, NaturE is out and he’ll have ample time to figure out his next move.
Rossy, however, just got an opportunity of a lifetime and he took it. He was playing with Immortals during Stage 2 and the crew have already developed great synergy. He’s a great fit, especially since he can play multiple Agents and fit different roles. Once Immortals work out a good strategy, this team could once again soar to the top.
Immortals could rise again
Immortals were a team that stepped into VCT Stage 1 and performed exceptionally well. Second spot on VCT Stage 1 Challengers 1, followed by a third spot in Challengers 2 – they were looking great! However, the first Masters event and the Stage 2 Challengers that followed were kind of a mixed bag.
The matches they would usually win, they were now struggling. This is a common theme among professional teams in Valorant right now, and that’s lack of consistency. We have to remember that Valorant Champions Tour is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. It’s important to win, but also to keep winning.
Perhaps Immortals need something more, maybe an extra trial or two so they can explore their options and work on new team composition and tactics. They could also opt for a totally different choice and try a 6-man roster. It’s working for some teams, so maybe it’ll work for them too.
In the end, Immortals are still a really strong team. There’s no doubt about that. They just have to dust themselves off and try again. They’ve proven to be able to rival almost anyone in NA, so the next time we see them play, they might show up stronger than ever.
We’re looking forward to seeing what they’ll do next. Follow us for more news, reviews, and Valorant betting predictions.