A number of sources have informed Dot Esports that former XSET founder Marco Mereu has formed a new team to play in the Challengers circuit for VCT 2023. Several VALORANT players have been signed in preparation for next season’s North American competition. Alexander “Zander” Dituri, the former in-game captain of Version1, will be joining the team, as will Mohamed “johnqt” Amine Ouarid, Gianfranco “koalanoob,” and Marc-Andre “NiSMO,” all formerly of Ghost Gaming.
Daniel “eeiu” Vucenovic, formerly of NRG, joined the team after considering his options when NRG acquired the original core of OpTic Gaming, which included Ardis “ardiis” Svarenieks of former organization FPX.
The squad will also be hiring a coach, albeit who that will be is still unknown.
The lineup will begin the North American VCT Challengers circuit in December. However, qualifying rounds will commence before the tournament proper.
Ascension is the highest level of competition for Challengers teams in 2019, and it will pit the best teams from each area against each other in the Americas. Any team that wins the Ascension tournament will be promoted to the top international division for the next season.
Although FaZe Clan and TSM were unable to form a cooperation with Riot Games in order to play in the Americas international league, they nevertheless plan to have strong teams in the Challengers division next season.
Prior to leaving on November 4th, Mereu worked for the company XSET, which also missed out on a relationship with Riot.