Korean esports organisation T1 just signed Rahul “curry” Nemani as the final member of their Valorant roster. This eighteen-year-old former professional CS:GO player is an up-and-coming talent from North America, and at such a young age he already has a plethora of experience to bring to the team.
The rising star
Curry started his esports career with Triumph in 2020, and while his stay would not last long, his contribution would help build the team up to where it is today. After his departure from Triumph, the next team that picked him up was Rebirth Esports, another young American esports organisation. Once he joined the organisation, their CSGO team saw noticeable improvement in a series of 3rd-4th placements, culminating in a runner-up spot during DreamHack Open January 2021: North America. With ample experience and a career leading upwards, he decided to switch lanes and put his skills to the test in T1 Valorant.
T1 continues making changes
T1 has been struggling in Valorant for quite some time now. Ever since the organisation decided to take that big step into Valorant, there’s been nothing but mediocrity in terms of performance and concrete results, and there seemed to be no light at the end of the tunnel.
The roster changes started all the way back in 2020 and continued into the current year, with players joining and leaving all the time, and the active team members being shuffled around. Things started to shape up once the organisation brought the new Head Coach David Denis and announced they’ll be making some serious changes. Shortly after, the team welcomed autimatic who’s also a former CS:GO player, and released brax and AZK. This decision was met with mixed reactions from the fans, but the organisation was confident that it was the right move for everyone involved. Finally, they’ve got the last piece of the puzzle with curry, who has now officially become the last member of the roster.
Valorant Champions Tour looking like a fleeting dream
Surrounded by an unpredictable environment, the T1 crew set off to fight their way through the first round of Valorant Champions Tour Open Qualifiers, but to no avail. They did manage to reach the Top 16, after beating Hollywoods Hooliganz, but that’s as far as they would go. While unlikely, they still have a shot in the third round of NA qualifiers, but they really can’t afford to make any mistakes.
We’ll have to wait and see what the future holds for this team, but at least at this point they’ve got a new and complete roster, and that’s a good first step. Curry could be the missing link the team has been looking for all this time, and if luck serves them well, they could emerge stronger than ever.
Here’s the current T1 roster:
- Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham
- Sam “DaZeD” Marine
- Ha “Spyder” Jung-woo
- Timothy “autimatic” Ta
- Rahul “icurry” Neman