The Guard to spherical out 2023 VALORANT Challengers roster with NRG pick-up

The Guard has its sights set on Ian “tex” Botsch to finish its VALORANT Challengers roster, a number of sources have advised Dot Esports in the present day.

Tex spent the previous 12 months with NRG, throughout which era the VALORANT lineup skilled blended success. During the primary stage of the North American VCT, NRG managed to qualify for the group stage. They ended the group stage with a 1-4 file, nonetheless, slicing brief their Stage One run.

In Stage Two, NRG once more certified for teams, and this time managed a 2-3 file, which was sufficient to earn their spot within the playoffs. Due to coming in fourth place of their group, they started their playoff run within the decrease bracket. They managed victories in opposition to Ghost Gaming and Evil Geniuses earlier than falling brief in opposition to FaZe Clan.

Despite their shortcomings versus FaZe, a fourth-place end in Stage Two earned them sufficient circuit factors for a spot in NA’s Last Chance Qualifier. NRG have been unable to search out their foothold within the LCQ although, and losses in opposition to 100 Thieves and Cloud9 ended their shot at hoisting the VALORANT Champions trophy.

The Guard turned heads in Stage One, qualifying for VALORANT Masters Reykjavik in addition to beating OpTic Gaming within the Stage One finals. At Masters Reykjavik, nonetheless, the group did not switch their regional success to the worldwide stage; The Guard didn’t win a single match on the occasion.

In Stage Two, The Guard completed with a disappointing 1-4 file within the group stage, which was not sufficient to earn them a playoff spot. Due to their success in Stage One, they have been locked in for NA LCQ.

At the NA LCQ, The Guard discovered themselves one win away from VALORANT Champions. A hot-handed 100 Thieves proved to be an excessive amount of for The Guard to deal with; they misplaced 0-3, marking the tip of their 2022 marketing campaign.

With the addition of tex, The Guard will look to get again to their profitable methods within the VALORANT professional scene as the beginning of the 2023 VCT season quickly approaches.

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