Acend parts ways with Kiles

He leaves the team after underwhelming results at the beginning of the year.

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Acend released VALORANT player Vladyslav “Kiles” Shvets from his contract today, less than a month after placing him on the bench.

Kiles had been a part of Acend since March 2021 and helped the team win several tournaments, most notably VALORANT Champions in December 2021, the most important event for Riot Games’ FPS up to this date. He and Santeri “BONECOLD” Sassi were moved to the bench after Acend failed to qualify for VCT Masters One Reykjavík in March, having finished the group stage with a 2-3 record.

“He was with us from the very beginning and took us all the way to champions,” Acend said in an official statement. “We thank him for everything that he has done, and wish him nothing but the best in his next adventure.”

Even before Kiles was moved to the bench in early April, Acend were spotted practicing with Wave Yiğithan “DeepMans” Kesici and David “Fizzy” Figueiredo, sources told Dot Esports. It’s unclear if these two will end up joining the winners of VALORANT Champions 2021, but DeepMans is currently on Wave Esports’ bench while Fizzy left Team BDS in March.

For now, Acend’s VALORANT roster is depleted to just Mehmet Yağız “cNed” İpek, Patryk “starxo” Kopczyński, Aleksander “zeek” Zygmunt, and BONECOLD, who remains on the bench so far. The organization is expected to revamp its roster ahead of the second part of the 2022 season.

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Leonardo Biazzi

Staff writer and CS:GO lead. Leonardo has been passionate about games since he was a kid and graduated in Journalism in 2018. Before Leonardo joined Dot Esports in 2019, he worked for Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte. Leonardo also worked for between 2020 and 2021 as a senior writer, until he returned to Dot Esports and became part of the staff team.