T1 has officially signed former Gen.G Esports VALORANT player Kang “iNTRO” Seung-gyun to its VALORANT main lineup, soon after parting ways with 6th man Kim “BeonJun” Beom-jun.
BeonJun joined T1 back in October 2022 but didn’t play at either the Ludwig x Tarik Invitational in January 2023 or the VCT LOCK//IN São Paulo event in February of the same year. As for iNTRO, he has been on the sidelines since he cut ties with Gen.G last December. INTRO is expected to fill the 6th man role at the VCT Pacific League instead of directly replacing a member of the active lineup as T1 has not stated that 1 of the 5 current players is demoted to a substitute position.
On paper, iNTRO has a plethora of experience compared to BeonJun, as he played beside the best players in Korea between 2021 and 2022 mainly in the domestic VCT tournaments for organizations like DWG KIA and REJECT. T1 could utilize him down the road if the squad don’t show improvements at VCT Pacific League, in comparison to their results so far in 2023.
T1 finished last place at the Ludwig x Tarik Invitational after tough defeats to 2 NA Challengers League squads in The Guard and TSM. Unfortunately for fans, they were later knocked out by FURIA in the first round of the Omega group at VCT LOCK//IN, after being demolished in both maps of the series (13-7 on Pearl and 13-7 on Icebox).
Knowing this, T1 are expected to do way better at the VCT Pacific League versus regional and domestic opposition. The organization is definitely desperate for results, as they are one if not the biggest brand selected for the partnership program not only in Asia but throughout the world.
T1 has one of the most hardcore and loyal fanbases in the esports industry, and they are not happy unless the team is battling to get silverware in the trophy case.
Ultimately the expectation for T1 is not only to improve but to dominate in all esports titles they are included in, this time around in the VALORANT scene it seems the squad will take some time to adjust and get to know each other better.
The VCT Pacific League will start on March 25th with it concluding around a month later on May 28th, here the top 3 teams will automatically qualify for the VCT Masters Tokyo tournament set to start in June plus VALORANT Champions Los Angeles sometime in August. T1 will face tough enemies such as the likes of: DRX, Paper Rex, Gen.G, ZETA DIVISION, Team Secret, Detonation FocusMe, Global Esports, Talon Esports, and Rex Regum Qeon.
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