T1 has made it official this Wednesday the addition of Rahul ‘curry’ Nemani into its VALORANT line-up. This signing will finally bring T1 back to five, following this simultaneous departure of Braxton ‘Brax’ Pierce and Keven ‘AZK’ Larivière.
Former breakthrough talent in Counter-Strike, Curry spent most of his career in that game relegated to playing in the Mountain Dew League. Playing under the banner of Triumph, he managed to win its 33rd Season in 2020.
Soon after, Curry’s career in esports came into a halt, as he entered university and scheduling problems forced him to step down from the roster. Even though Triumph would go on to reach bigger accolades, he would stay behind in the MDL, playing at a lower level of competition.
With his last few months of his CS career spent on Rebirth, Curry would eventually announce towards the latter end of 2020 that he’d be open to new opportunities in VALORANT, with the possibility of taking a break from his studies if the offer required it.
With AZK and Brax leaving T1 on February 8th, the team found itself with two vacant spots ahead of its presence at the Challengers 2 event of the VALORANT Champions Tour.
T1 then signed another one of the players that won North America’s first and only CS:GO Major. Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta, which would be making his debut in VALORANT, was linking up with T1’s longest standing member Tyler ‘Skadoodle’ Latham.
However, the team still had one vacant spot, eventually opting to add Curry as a last minute stand-in during the entirety of that event, with an early departure at the Round of 64, with a 2-1 loss to the orgless roster of Headshot Percentage.
Now an official member of T1, Curry will have one last chance to qualify for the Masters series of the VCT, with the final tournament of the Challengers stage starting tomorrow.
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