FaZe Clan has officially announced its arrival on the competitive Valorant scene.
In a series of tweets, the organization revealed that it has recruited former CS:GO pro and streamer Jason “JasonR” Ruchelski as the team captain, and former Overwatch League star Corey “Corey” Nigra as the team’s second member. They are the principal members of what looks to be a promising squad.
JasonR is a well-known CS:GO pro in the North American scene. He previously played for Splyce in 2015 and OpTic Gaming in 2017 before choosing to retire and stream full time. JasonR then found an opportunity to jumpstart his esports career by showing great promise once Valorant was released.
Corey, likewise, is a formidable choice for FaZe, as a world-class Overwatch player. He initially joined Gladiators Legion in 2018. However, the team was released that same year, which led to Corey signing with the Washington Justice shortly after. The highlight of his Overwatch career saw him win the gold medal at the Overwatch World Cup 2019 with Team USA. He retired from Overwatch earlier this year.
Did you really think that was our only @PlayVALORANT announcement of the day?— FaZe Clan (@FaZeClan) June 25, 2020
INTRODUCING FAZE CLAN'S NEWEST VALORANT PRO:
FaZe Corey – @Corey_OW
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Riot has had a successful track record of fostering competitive circuits, and its subsequent announcement of Valorant’s Ignition Series has led to various organizations eagerly rounding up their own teams.
FaZe Clan will be competing this weekend at the stacked T1 x Nerd Street Gamers Valorant Showdown tournament.
JasonR will not be competing, but Corey will lead the team, and will be joined by Rory “dephh” Jackson, Zachary “ZachaREEE” Lombardo, Johnny “Marved” Nguyen, and Harrison “psalm” Chang. It is unknown at this time if any of the remaining team members will be joining FaZe Clan permanently, or if they are just stand-ins for the tournament.
Welcome, @FaZeClan.@Corey_OW @zacklombardo @Marved6 @psalm @dephh_csgo— T1 (@T1) June 25, 2020
The T1 x @nerdstgamers VALORANT Showdown, presented by @Samsung Odyssey kicks off tomorrow at 2PM PT on https://t.co/Wg77SJVCpO. pic.twitter.com/3SXIdsd068