T1 Debut a Six-Player Roster in VALORANT with ANS Addition

T1 has announced this Friday that its VALORANT roster would be extended to six players, with Lee ‘ANS’ Seon-chang making his official debut in Riot’s shooter after a successful career in Overwatch.

Having played two years under the jersey of the Overwatch League team San Francisco Shock, the Korean player will now be linking up with his compatriot Ha ‘Spyder’ Jung-woo in the hopes of revitalizing T1’s VALORANT roster.

The North-American squad, that was brought back to five after the signing of Rahul ‘curry’ Nemani, has found very little success in its region.

Their run at the first leg of Riot’s official 2021 competitive circuit was cut short after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of 100 Thieves on VCT: Challengers 3.

Although this meant the team couldn’t reach the first stage of VCT: Masters, there will be further changes in the future for this squad to battle it out against the best teams in their region.

ANS is our sixth man, we have a really clear plan for the development process for ANS, plans are placed around developing his english as well as especific ideas around how to help him transition to the game of VALORANT as quickly as possible

David Denis, Head Coach for T1 VALORANT

According to the head coach of T1, David Denis, the move was inspired by his background in League of Legends working with Academy rosters. Two weeks ago, their regional rivals at Cloud9 had also announced the extension of their roster, signing Michael ‘poiz’ Possis as their sixth player.

While the benefits of these extended rosters in high-level VALORANT are still largely unknown, Team Heretics has been the team to look for, as they have showcased some success with the untapped potential of a six-man squad at the European counter-part of VCT: Masters 1.

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