2023 Valorant Update
As the 2023 Valorant season draws closer and closer, we wanted to bring you a series of updates to the squad as we head towards the KICK/OFF tournament in Brazil next month. Last year, we announced two new exciting additions to the starting squad, with both Chronicle and Leo joining from M3C and Guild respectively. Both players are huge names within the scene, and have proven over the last few years they are the best that Europe has to offer. We’re extremely confident in this roster, and can’t wait to see what it’s capable of - however, we’re not done yet.
We’re starting this year with a promotion to our coaching staff, aiming to bring the team to the highest level of competition on a consistent basis, evolving around the ever changing competitive scene of the title. During last year’s Champions Istanbul, we were joined temporarily by Aleksey ‘SLK’ Lynksov who joined from KPI Gaming to assist us during such a significant run, giving us huge insight from an analyst perspective. We’re pleased to announce we’ll be sticking with SLK, promoting him to Assistant Coach where he’ll work alongside existing Head Coach Mini to bring the team to their highest potential, and keep up with the ever evolving world of Valorant Esports.
At Fnatic, we’re always pushing the performance of our teams to the next level, and our Valorant squad has been a key part of this over the last year, using our in-house HPU (High Performance Unit) to truly tap into each player's potential. Watching the players’ fitness, diets and focusing on the healthiest approaches in both physical and mental form was a huge contributing factor to our success last year. We’re currently hiring for a new performance coach, helping boost the team and keep them at the very top of the competitive level. We also want to thank Marcus Askildsen, who served as our performance coach in 2021, truly enhancing the team and allowing us to see as much success as we did during the year. We wish you all the best going forward.
At Fnatic, we’re no stranger to the multitude of issues that can arise when travelling to events. Only last year, our Iceland run was disrupted heavily and saw us have to substitute out two players due to unforeseen circumstances. Since, we’ve aimed to be as prepared for this as possible, in the unlikely event that we need to substitute a player in time of emergency. Working with the team during scrims, preparation and throughout the season, we’re pleased to welcome and announce Maks "Kamyk" Rychlewski as the squad’s 6th man and substitute, allowing us to have more flexibility as we tackle this year’s events - and if needed, provide a welcome and well practiced team member. We’re excited to have Kamyk on board and happy to provide an environment where he can learn from one of the world’s top Valorant teams while continuing to develop his extremely promising skills and abilities.
We’re looking forward to the 2023 season beginning, and we hope you’re as excited for these new changes and challenges as we are. We’ll have Team Director CoJo and Mini hosting a Twitter Space tonight at 8PM CET to answer any of your questions before the 2023 season kicks off. Hope to see you there!