Team Heretics and G2 Esports have dominated the post-Reykjavik European VALORANT roster swap, two teams eager to climb back to the top of the mountain after tripping slightly in the VCT.
The two organisations have now effectively exchanged players. Heretics has acquired former G2 players Patryk "paTiTek" Fabrowski and Ardis "ardiis" Svarenieks, two days after G2 signed Auni "AvovA" Chahade and ygimantas "nukkye" Chmieliauskas.
The acquisitions were announced yesterday, only one day after Heretics acquired Ondej "MONSTEERR" Petr from LDN UTD. The exits of nukke and AvovA had left Heretics with only one active starter player, Christian "lowel" Garcia Antoran, prior to that purchase. According to the organization's Tweet, the team's roster is now 80 percent full, with one active starting slot remaining. Dustyn "niesoW" Durnas and Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel Brdreskift are still listed as inactive in Heretics.
With a victory at First Strike, the Heretics jumped into contention and maintained that momentum throughout the first half of 2021 and into VCT play. They won Challengers Two and advanced to the Masters One grand finals in Stage One, but were defeated by ACEND in five maps. However, Heretics underperformed in Stage Two, losing in a reverse sweep to Opportunists in Challengers One and then to G2 Esports in the Challengers Two qualifiers.
Despite the victory, G2 Esports has had a difficult time. In the early phases of competitive VALORANT in 2020, G2 was regarded one of the greatest teams in the world, coasting through the tournament prior to First Strike. However, their dominance didn't resurface for VCT. They failed to qualify for the EMEA Challengers Finals after losing all three play-in matches at Stage One Challenger events. Apart from the Heretics, G2 Esports added Jose Luis "koldamenta" Aranguren Herrero from ACEND after the Reykjavik tournament, with ACEND adding former G2 Esports player Aleksander "zeek" Zygmunt in a similar player exchange to G2 Esports-Heretics.
Heretics, ACEND, and G2 Esports will all be hoping for improved success in the third and final stage of the 2021 VCT campaign, with all three teams exchanging players. There's more on the line for each of the teams in Masters Three Berlin, with four EMEA slots on the line, and they'll have to make it if they want to compete at Champions at the end of the year.