The last couple of months were full of changes for T1 Valorant, and it added one more to the list. Former Overwatch League player Lee “ANS” Seon-chang joined T1’s Valorant roster, the organization announced with a video clip on its social media channels.
“I’m still retired from Overwatch League, but I’m back to LA to join the T1 Valorant team to compete,” ANS said in the video. The newest member of T1 was competing under the banner of the San Francisco Shock in OWL. Helping his team win the OWL 2020 season, the South Korean player was chosen as the MVP of the season. Then, he retired from professional Overwatch back in January 2021.
Even though T1’s Valorant division was established in March 2020, the organization hasn’t found the recipe of success yet. The Korea-based organization creating an NA-based roster was exciting for most of the community, but things went in the direction nobody expected. Firstly, the team parted ways with the roster’s young talents, crashies and food, after disappointing results alongside disputes within the players.
Last month, T1 also decided to release two members of the roster, brax and AZK, and added autimatic and curry to the team. However, T1 failed once more in qualifying for VCT 2021 Masters 1 with its new roster in Challengers 3.
In the video clip, the team’s coach, David Denis, mentioned the power of having an academy team, adding ANS is going to fill the sixth-man role in the roster instead of being a player of the academy. Denis also emphasized that they have confidence in the current five-man squad.
First Strike: Europe champion Team Heretics has been using a sixth-man squad likewise. We’ll see if T1 develops different game strategies around its flexible roster in the future.