Both Braxton “brax” Pierce and Keven “AZK” Lariviere have been released from the T1 VALORANT roster, with the organization having announced their departure via Twitter on Monday. While the news will not have surprised some fans, given the rumors that have been flying around of late, it still is interesting to see players of such high regard leave.
With Timothy “autimatic” Ta having joined the T1 roster last week, the organization made it clear that they would not stand in the way of brax as he looked for new opportunities. Meanwhile, T1 also stated that AZK would be “an incredible part of whatever team he moves to next”, which meant it was no shock when the duo parted company with the org officially on Monday.
Why brax & AZK Parted Ways With T1
Brax had been competing under the banner of T1 in the VALORANT scene since March last year, having become their first player to arrive. The former CS:GO favorite made the switch in VALORANT in part due to his role in the iBUYPOWER match-fixing incident of 2013, which meant that he could not compete at majors.
AZK was a former iBUYPOWER teammate of brax, with the duo having been joined at T1 by Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham and Sam “DaZeD” Marine, before ex-Overwatch player Ha “Spyder” Jung-woo also signed up. The new look lineup managed to make it through to the First Strike main event, however they would eventually come unstuck in the quarter finals against 100 Thieves. Meanwhile, in what turned out to be their last outing as a lineup, the team missed out on a place at the NA Challengers, following a narrow defeat to AndBox.
What the Future Holds for T1 VALORANT
It remains to be seen as to whether the lineup could have achieved bigger and better things if they had been granted more time together in VALORANT, however the arrival of Autimatic does give T1 another crack at the whip. The next task for the organization is to sign a fifth player capable of stepping up to the plate when needed, something in which many of their rivals have already achieved.