Guild Esports continues to make waves in the scene, with the organization having now announced its complete Valorant team lineup. The increasingly popular 5v5 first person shooter title from Riot Games has attracted a host of leading teams over recent times, with the upcoming First Strike tournament set to see many debut.
Guild’s roster has been completed from well-known Swedish team Bonk, who are one of Valorant’s most competitive teams to date. As a result, Yacine Laghmari “Yacine”, Malkolm Rench “bonkar”, Leo Janneson “Leo”, William Sundin “draken and Filip Gauffin “Goffe” will represent the newly formed organization. The team will take part in Guild’s first competitive event when First Strike gets underway in November, with Guild having already finished in the top 2 places at the Ignition Series and Mandatory.gg Cup.
THE HUNT BEGINS
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What the Guild Esports Valorant Lineup Looks Like
Yacine is a former CS:GO player who has already made an impact upon his switch to Valorant, while bonkar has won two Paladins World Cups and became Sweden’s first professional Valorant player. Meanwhile, aged just 16, Leo will be looking to make a name for himself with Guild, alongside draken, who is another former CS:GO pro. Finally, Goffe is a name that will be familiar to many, with the former CS:GO player having already been outlined as one to watch in upcoming events.
Guild are undoubtedly looking to develop a pool of talent in the UK, with many Valorant amateurs being scouted by the organization in the hope of turning them into pros. Valorant already has a huge audience, having attracted many top CS:GO and Overwatch players over recent months.
What Those Involved Have Had to Say
Having his say on the announcement, Guild Executive Chairman Carleton Curtis stated that: “Joining the Valorant community is a perfect step for Guild and we are delighted to expand into the new exciting and emerging esports space. Valorant is destined to become a major esport with global reach and deep fan bases and it benefits from the prestige of being developed by best-in-class publisher Riot Games. With these signings, Guild has established itself as a multi-disciplinary esports business and we are looking forward to fielding rosters in new games as we continue to scale and invest in our business utilising the war chest we raised in our IPO.
Meanwhile, Yacine was clearly excited to be part of the team, stating: “Valorant is one of the most dynamic esports out there and being in Guild’s first Valorant roster is an exciting opportunity. I’m looking forward to playing my part in the future of Guild and the team. Guild is an organization with big ambition that is on a path to achieve great things and I’m proud to be a part of that. I’ve always been an ambitious player and want to create a legacy that will last. Our team has already proved itself at a top level and now the goal is to become world champions.”