As the Team Vitality VALORANT camp prepares to become a full-time partner in the premier VCT EMEA league starting in 2023, one era will come to an end and a new one will begin.
The time has come for Vitality to bid farewell to the French VALORANT Regional League (VRL) and the majority of the lineup they competed with in 2022 due to the team’s permanent move up to the major leagues.
Vitality stated in a press release that it was “time to close the VRL chapter of our organisation” and that it would not be participating in VRL France: Revolution in the upcoming season. The VRLs will be a part of the tier-two Challengers ecosystem next year, which will feed into the new Ascension tournaments that will choose which teams receive two-year promotion windows into the top international leagues, as confirmed by a member of the VALORANT Esports team.
Vitality also intends to build a new roster with the promotion to the EMEA VCT league. Three players from the organization’s roster from the previous year have been let go: Joona “H1ber” Parviainen, Kamil “baddyG” Graniczka, and the organization’s lone French player Nathan “nataNk” Bocqueho.
This group, along with Jokbas “ceNder” Labutis and former world champion IGL Santeri “BONECOLD” Sassi, who reportedly will remain with Vitality in 2019, won the VRL France: Revolution league last year and advanced to the VRL 2022 Finals’ championship match before losing to fellow VCT 2023 team FUT Esports from Turkey in five maps.
According to rumours, Vitality has grand plans for its 2023 roster. Based on a report from Alejandro “anonimotum” Gomis of BLIX, the group is planning to sign Micha “MOLSI” cki and Tomas “Destrian” Linikas from the former OG LDN UTD team as well as Karel “Twisten” Aenbrener from BIG. Just a few weeks ago, the organisation announced the acquisition of coach Salah Barakat from OG.
All 30 partnered VCT teams, including Vitality, are anticipated to participate in the VCT 2023 Kickoff competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in February 2023.