Shubh Dangi | 2. August 2022

Gen.G bench entire VALORANT roster

Noah “jcStani” Smith, the last active player of Gen.G’s Valorant roster will look for new opportunities as a free agent, Smith announced via a Twitter post. Even though Gen.G is allegedly still under consideration for the VCT 2023, with this change the organization has placed its entire lineup on the sidelines.

Earlier on July 22nd, Nicholas “NaturE” Garrison and Edmon “snirot” Ghanem were benched by Gen.G, leaving jcStani the only active player left in its Valorant roster.

Prior to joining Gen.G esports in April, the 21-year-old was a member of many popular esports entities including Immortals, Pioneers, and Andbox. He also made a cameo with 100 Thieves at VCT NA stage 1. Following defeats to Cloud9 Blue and The Guard in back-to-back matches, 100 Thieves released Ec1s and BabyJ and revealed the signing of Bang and JcStani on Twitter. However, the new roster couldn’t live up to its expectations either and failed to reach the playoffs following a 1-4 record in the group stage.

During his tenure with Gen.G, the American pro has played a variety of roles, primarily as a controller with Viper and Astra, but he also appeared flexing with Chamber on many occasions. Despite his versatility, he maintained a decent level of individual stats with a 1.06 rating and 208.2 ACS overall.

With a VCT Challengers main event appearances and a third-place finish at Masters One, Gen.G achieved a little bit of success in VCT 2021. However, due to several roster changes in 2022, they had a sharp decline in performance, losing the qualifiers for both the stages of the VCT 2022 Challengers.

GenG reportedly advanced to the second phase of the VCT Partnership program

According to a report from Dot Esports, Gen.G, along with Sentinels, XSET, The Guard, TSM, Cloud9, and NRG proceeded to the next phase of the partnership application. There are reportedly six to eight spots for NA teams in the 2023 American League, plus teams from South America and Latin America.

Although some teams remain hopeful for their future in Valorant, others, including Dark Zero, Akrew, SoaR, and NYXL, have already left Valorant esports after being rejected from the partnership process. Knights’ academy team is said to be promoted to fill out the main roster after the Knights reportedly failed to advance to the next round and placed their starting lineup on the market.

The majority of the teams that were turned down were seen struggling in the top-tier Valorant events and lacked the kind of substantial funding that other, more established esports organizations have.

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