Xms leaving Alliance; Team Heretics finalize their roster

Published: Jun 12, 2021 - Last Updated: Jul 19, 2023

Valorant Champions Tour saw its second Masters event conclude just recently. Many teams didn’t make it there, and as a result, a lot of crews had lost their members who decided to migrate.

Alliance and Team Heretics were both teams who placed high expectations on their squads during VCT Stage 2, but those expectations weren’t met. They’re now changing their lineups once again in preparation for VCT Stage 3.

Xms joined Alliance on trial back in March, and now after a couple of months he has decided to leave the team and look for greener pastures. Alliance is considering all the options, but the name Kamil “baddyG” Graniczka is right there at the top. He’s the most likely candidate to replace Alexandre “xms” Forté.

Team Heretics have also gone through a series of roster changes recently. Nukkye and AvovA left to join G2 Esports, but instead they got ardiis and paTiTek. That was a nice two-for-two trade. They followed up by acquiring Ondřej “MONSTEERR” Petrů as their fourth member.

We’ve now learned the name of the final member of the roster, and that’s Felix “al0rante” Brandl, and his arrival will complete this lineup. They’re now ready to tackle the challenges ahead, and with some luck, they might even return to their golden days.

Can Team Heretics make a comeback?

This Spanish team was one of the best in Europe at the time Valorant Champions Tour was announced. The first stage came and they completely dominated, finishing 2nd during the first Masters event in Europe.

After that, we didn’t see much. During Stage 2 Challengers 1 they got kicked out by Opportunists, and then failed to even qualify for the Stage 2 Challengers 2. This was a heavy blow for a team that once competed with the best.

Team Heretics
Image Credits | Team Heretics

With these recent changes and a fresh new lineup, they are looking for a new start. VCT Stage 3 is around the corner, so if they use this time to practice and analyze the most recent team matchups from VCT Masters in Reykjavík, they could come up with some great strategies and take the European region by storm.

Will we see a Team Heretics comeback? Hard to tell. This is a good start, at least. Ardiis and paTiTek are heavy reinforcements, and when coupled with lowel’s leadership, this could be a winning formula for this team. Ultimately, time will tell.

What’s next for xms?

Apparently, xms chose to leave his team, which means he had other plans and wasn’t thinking of sticking around. If so, he might already have a team in mind.

Still, whoever picks up xms is going to have a very strong player with a lot of first-person shooter experience. He can cover the Duelist role with Reyna and Jett, occasionally swapping to Sage when the team relies on a more support-heavy comp.

Image Credits | DreamHack

Overall, this could be a good decision. He’s learned a thing or two during his time with Alliance, picked up some cool tricks and acquired some valuable experience, but now it’s time to move on.

We wish him the best of luck and can’t wait to see which team he’ll end up with.

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Denis Alihodzic
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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