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Gen.G Benches Cypher Main PLAYER1

North American VALORANT squad Gen.G has officially moved its Cypher main, Keven “PLAYER1” Champagne, to the team’s inactive roster. PLAYER1 will be allowed to look for other opportunities with organizations outside of Gen.G.

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Originally a member of French Canadians, PLAYER1 and his orgless teammates were picked up by Gen.G in May, becoming one of the first esports organizations to invest heavily in VALORANT. The only other roster change has been the signing of Shawn “Shawn” O’Riley after the departure of Loic “effys” Sauvageau.

The move comes only a few weeks after Gen.G picked up a first-place finish at the Pittsburgh Knights Before Christmas event, the team’s first tournament victory since the Pulse Invitational back in July. PLAYER1 managed an average combat score of 196 and a KD ratio of 1.13 throughout the two-day event.

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The team previously failed to qualify for North American First Strike, getting eliminated from the UMG Qualifier at the hands of FaZe Clan. 

In VALORANT’s early stages as an esport, Gen.G came out of the gates strong, but quickly faltered, becoming a middling team in the sea of North American VALORANT rosters. But with Shawn showing bursts of immense potential, and Anthony “gMd” Guimond continuing to be one of the most talented rifles in the game, Gen.G’s outlook seemed to be on the up and up. However, with this move, Gen.G is looking to further improve its standing, with the eventual goal of competing at the top alongside 100 Thieves, Sentinels and TSM. 

Gen.G’s current roster stands as:

Anthony “gMd” Guimond 

Danny “Huynh” Huynh

Michael “MkaeL” De Luca

Shawn “Shawn” O’Riley

It is currently unknown who will be filling in for Gen.G, or where PLAYER1 will wind up. It’s possible that the two parties work out their issues, and the Cypher main rejoins his team, but it’s also possible that PLAYER1 and Gen.G go their separate ways.

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