VALORANT 2023: All Franchise League Teams and Players

VALORANT 2023: All Franchise League Teams and Players ...

VALORANT has previously stated that it will convert to a franchise league model starting in 2023. Here are some of the verified franchise league teams, as well as their currently signed players, for the Americas, EMEA, and Pacific.

100 Thieves

  • Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk
  • Derrek “Derrek” Ha
  • Brenden “stellar” McGrath
  • William “Will” Cheng

NA's 100 Thieves have been a staple in regional leagues, but they were never able to transfer their regional dominance in 2021 on to the international stage. Their most significant international performance was during the World Cup in Berlin, where they bowed out in the Semifinals.

Cloud9 is a cloudless environment.

  • Mitch “mitch” Semago
  • Nathan “leaf” Orf
  • Erick “Xeppaa” Bach
  • Anthony “vanity” Malapsina
  • Rahul “curry” Nemani

When VALORANT was in its early stages, Cloud9 was a strong regional competitor, and they even advanced to Champions 2021. However, in 2022, the team appears to have lost its luster.

Evil Geniuses

  • Kelden “Boostio” Pupello
  • Jeffrey “Reformed” Lu
  • Alexander “jawgemo” Mor
  • Corbin “C0M” Lee
  • Vincent “Apotheon” Le

Evil Geniuses is a fairly obscure term in terms of professional VALORANT, and have failed to rise above their competitors in the regional scene in the past few years.

Sentinels are sentinels.

  • Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan
  • Michael “dapr” Gulino
  • Tyson “TenZ” Ngo

Sentinels are well-known both locally and internationally in VCT 2021. Despite failing to achieve the expected results this year, SEN managed to become a household name in both professional and casual VALORANT.

NRG

  • Sam “s0m” Oh
  • Daniel “eeiu” Vucenovic
  • Ian “tex” Botsch
  • James “hazed” Cobb
  • Ethan “Ethan” Arnold

FURIA

  • Gabriel “qck” Lima
  • Khalil “Khalil” Schmidt
  • Agustin “Nozwerr” Ibarra
  • Matheus “mazin” Araújo
  • Douglas “dgzin” Silva

FURIA, a Brazilian footballer, is well-known among fans with performances in both Champions 2021 and 2022.

KRÜ Esports

  • Nicolas “Klaus” Ferrari
  • Roberto “Mazino” Rivas
  • Juan Pablo “NagZ” Lopez
  • Joaquin “delz1k” Espinoza
  • Angelo “keznit” Mori

The KRU of LATAM has also been a major boon for their region – reaching the semi-finals in Champions 2021. However, they were unable to reach the Group Stage for Champions 2022. Despite this, they remain one of LATAM's best teams.

Leviatán

  • Benjamín “adverso” Piblete
  • Francisco “kiNgg” Aravena
  • Marco Eliot “Melser” Amaro
  • Vicente “Tacolilla” Compagnon
  • Fabian “Shyy” Usnayo

Leviatán is also one of LATAM's top international bets when it comes to international competition. They climbed to dominance only this past year, but were able to make it to the playoffs of Champions 2022.

LOUD

  • Erick “aspas” Santos
  • Felipe “Less” Basso
  • Bryan “pANcada” Luna
  • Matias “saadhak” Delipetro
  • Gustavo “Sacy” Rossi

LOUD now has to face the other teams in the Americas in order to defend their trophy.

MIBR

MIBR, a Brazilian football team, only joined VALORANT early this year, and enthusiasts of the region are surely wondering what they can do against other well-known names on the scene.

BBL Esports is a division of the BBL Esports Association.

Turkey's BBL Esports has been in the game since 2020 and was one of the best teams in VCT 2021: Turkey

FUT Esports is a sport based in the United States.

FUT Esports, a Turkish organization, joined VALORANT late October 2020.

Fnatic is a programming language.

  • Jake “Boaster” Howlett
  • Nikita “Derke” Sirmitev
  • Enzo “Enzo” Mestari
  • Emir Ali “Alfajer” Beder

Fnatic is already well-known among local and international fans. Now, they compete against other European teams for a chance to make their mark on the Masters or Champions.

Giants

The Giants, a Spanish esports organization, joined VALORANT in June of 2020, and have been one of the best performing Spanish teams in A- and B-tier competitions.

Karmine Corp is a company based in the United States.

Karmine Corp is a newcomer to the professional VALORANT scene, and growing up in the new franchise league is how they want to be known.

Natus Vincere

Natus Vincere, also known as NAVI, is well-known for their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive victories. Is it possible to translate their victories from one FPS game to another?

Team Heretics

Team Heretics, originating from Spain, is very similar to Giants. Hand in hand, they dominate local and regional competitions.

Team Liquid

  • Dom “soulcas” Sulcas
  • Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom
  • Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen
  • Nabil “Nivera” Benrlitom
  • Dmitriy “dimasick” Matvienko

The "brother buff" was unable to sustain Team Liquid in Champions 2022, losing to Fnatic, a fellow EMEA club, and may be the correct change-up for Liquid to make more money.

Vitality of the Team

Vitality, a French team, traces its glorious history back to CS:GO. And, like NAVI, Vitality is also hoping to pass on their awards to VALORANT.

DetonatioN Gaming is a game development company based in the United States.

DetonatioN Gaming, a Japanese company, has been unable to qualify for VCT Japan so far, so having a franchise might be the break they need.

DIVISION ZETA

  • Koji “Laz” Ushida
  • Tomoaki “crow” Maruoka
  • Yuma “Dep” Hashimoto
  • Shota “SugarZ3ro” Watanabe
  • Tenta “TENNN” Asai

ZETA from Japan has been adored by fans, viewers, and sometimes even opponents worldwide, and has won several Masters and Champions.

DRX

  • Kim “stax” Gu-taek
  • Goo “Rb” Sang-Min
  • Kim “Zest” Gi-seok
  • Yu “BuZz” Byung-chul
  • Kim “MaKo” Myeong-kwan

The DRX team is also well-known both locally and internationally due to their many international performances, the most recent of which was their 3rd place finish in Champions 2022.

Gen.G Esports

Gen.G joined professional VALORANT early, starting in May 2020. Since then, they have made many appearances in A- and B- Tier events, including VCT 2021: North America. This time however, they appear to be competing for the Pacific, most likely for Korea – following their League of Legends team.

T1

T1 has previously competed in the NA region, much like Gen.G. As a South Korean organization, it would seem unlikely for them to combine their teams and compete in the NA region.

Rex the Paper

  • Aaron “mindfreak” Leonhart
  • Jason “f0rsaken” Susanto
  • Benedict “Benkai” Tan
  • Khalish “d4v41” Rusyaidee
  • Wang Jing “Jinggg” Jie

Paper Rex, a team of professionals on and off the field, is hoping to make a name for themselves in the franchised leagues. Their Champions 2022 performance might not have been a positive one, but if their dominance in APAC was anything to go off of, it will not be long before they return.

Qeon Regum Rex

The Philippines' RRQ has had few appearances, most notable being VCT 2022: APAC Challengers. This time, they will face bigger and more difficult teams.

Team Secret

  • Jessie “Vash” Cuyco
  • Jayvee “DubsteP” Paguirigan
  • Jim “BORKUM” Timbreza
  • Kevin “Dispenser” Te
  • Riley “witz” Go
  • Jeremy “Jremy” Cabrera

Team Secret, a Filipino team based in the franchise league, might be more familiar to professional VALORANT fans, as they made a big impact in Champions 2021, thanks to their unique entrances. Their departure, however, was forced by Acend in the quarterfinals.

Talon Esports is a division of Talon Esports.

Talon Esports is a Southeast Asian organization, and this will be their first introduction into professional VALORANT.

Global Esports

Global Esports, an Indian organization, hopes to take their B- and C-tier successes to another level, taking on these battle-hardened teams.

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