After Brazil went through a crisis in the Brazilian Challengers (VCB) which resulted in the departure of several organizations do Tier 2 de VALUING, the North American scenario of Challengers NA faces the same. This Thursday (21), journalist Pedro Romero stated which teams will continue to 2024.
so out of all the teams that competed in the latest split of na challengers, only four remain
G2 got TG’s VCT slot
MAD & DSG got relegated
Moist Moguls & Shopify merged pic.twitter.com/NeTtH0eBLB
— Pedro Romero (@PayTheRow) December 21, 2023
According to the publication, only four organizations will continue in Challengers NA, namely: M80, MxS, Turtle Troop e Oxygen Esports. Furthermore, organizations such as The Guardchampion of VCT Ascensionwithdrew from VALORANT after not being accepted for franchises and therefore, the G2 hired part of the cast and was promoted to the VCT Americas.
Other organizations that left Tier 2 were TSM, FaZe e OREsports. Finally, the Moist Moguls it’s at Shopify carried out a merger, while the MAD it’s at DSG were demoted.
North American players’ dissatisfaction with Tier 2
Now, with the promising rosters that previously animated the Tier 2 scene and with organizations leaving the scene, according tofrom Oxygen believes that it is inevitable to keep the Challengers after the announcement of the partner leagues.
quit CS because of a dying T2 scene then after 3 years VALORANT has a dying T2 scene
hate to say the writing was on the wall but it truly was as soon as franchising was announced and an artificial line was drawn
hope everybody affected lands on their feet
— dapr (@dapr) December 21, 2023
Blaming Riot’s partnership program for the Tier 2 situation, the player indicated that it was a matter of time.
I don’t like to say it was written in the stars, but it really was, as soon as the franchises were announced an artificial line was drawn. I hope everyone affected can get back on their feet.
Franchise League players regret Challengers’ situation
Although VCT Americas players are not affected by the Tier 2 situation. Ethan e C0M, both of EG, They expressed sadness with the way the VALORANT scene is going in the United States.
All these organizations abandoning T2/GC feels like Counter-Strike all over again. I hope this changes soon, many people try too hard for it to fail.
All these orgs dropping out in T2/GC looks like NA CS all over again
Hopefully it turns around soon, too many people put in too much effort for it to not work out.
— EG Ethan (@ethanarnold) December 21, 2023
C0M says he wouldn’t like to see people giving up on their dreams
Honestly, it sucks to see people lose their jobs in eSports because I was literally in the same place a year, year and a half ago where I felt extremely defeated and I wasn’t sure if all the hard work I did was for nothing.
I wish there was a way to help, but right now it feels like it’s winter in eSports, we’ll probably soon see a lot of people giving up on their passion. It makes me feel shit knowing what people are going through. I pray that everyone rises, I truly wish the best for everyone.
Honestly does suck seeing people lose their jobs in esports because I was literally in those shoes a year, year and a half ago, where I felt extremely defeated and was unsure if all the hard work I put in was for nothing.
I wish there was a way to help, but right now feels very…
— EG C0M (@C0Mtweets) December 21, 2023
Leo Faria says that Tier 2 players should seek to be in Franchises
During the Champions 2023o More Esports conducted an exclusive interview with the general director of VALORANT, Leo Faria, where he stated that Tier 2 sought development and not stability.
However, during MD3, an esports podcast, the director clarified that Riot does not want players to settle in Tier 2, but seek to be in the International Leagues.