Trent and Valyn from The Guard fist-bumping behind their PCs after a round.
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The Guard reportedly set to release entire VALORANT team after promotion to VCT falls through

All that work for nothing.

In the wake of today’s stunning announcement that The Guard, winners of the 2023 VCT Americas Ascension tournament, won’t participate in the upcoming partnered league season, the team is reportedly looking to release its entire VALORANT team and pave the way for them to sign new deals.

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The Guard will release its full roster of players as well as coach Josh Lee and the organization will also pay the buyout fees on each of the contracts, according to a report from George Geddes for win.gg. Doing so will effectively make trent, valyn, JonahP, Tex, neT, and coach Josh unrestricted free agents who can sign anywhere.

The news comes after a statement from the VCT Americas League today that The Guard won’t participate in the 2024 season as the organization failed to meet the deadline to agree to the league’s team participation agreement “after several months and rounds of communication.” There will be no promoted team competing in VCT Americas for the 2024 season, according to today’s announcement by Riot Games.

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The players are understandably upset, with several saying they were unaware of these developments and found out along with everyone else. With all members of the team reportedly becoming free agents, they potentially could all sign together with a single organization and keep playing, but it currently appears that Riot will not permit that potential org and players to compete in VCT Americas.

The decision sparked a wave of outrage from numerous members of the community, from pro players and casters to content creators and fans.


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VALORANT lead staff writer, also covering CS:GO, FPS games, other titles, and the wider esports industry. Watching and writing esports since 2014. Previously wrote for Dexerto, Upcomer, Splyce, and somehow MySpace. Jack of all games, master of none.