Fnatic sign Derke and MAGNUM to Valorant roster ahead of VCT Challengers 2
The former SUMN FC core roster is no more following the team’s decision to drop Kostas “tsack” Theodoropoulos and Muhammad “Moe40” Hariff from Fnatic. Instead, just 2 days before the start of VCT Challengers 2 in Europe, Fnatic has picked up Nikita “Derke” Sirmitev alongside Martin “MAGNUM” Peňkov. The roster is back to a full 5-man squad as they are set to compete in the second Valorant Challengers series in Europe. Fnatic issued an official roster update article on the matter.
Fnatic’s Valorant team had a rough start to 2021 VCT. Starting out with failure to qualify for Masters 1, the road to EMEA’s Challengers has not been a breeze either, following a 0:2 loss to Alliance. The organization then decided changes were needed to get the team back to winning ways of pre-Fnatic times.
“Since entering VALORANT with the SUMN FC roster that showed such promise in the first few events, our results have unfortunately not lived up to our expectations. Several poor performances, elimination from Masters 1 at the qualification stage, and missing out on a direct route to Masters 2 meant that the decision was made between the Team Director, coach and team captain to make significant changes to push for our final chance to reach Masters 2 in Reykjavik.”
Following a couple of trials, Fnatic has decided to take on Derke and MAGNUM to replace tsack and Moe40 on the roster. Derke is a Finnish player that hails from CS:GO, but has the experience in Valorant for playing under the CIS roster named CrowCrowd.
“His Jett and Sova play brings a new dimension of cultch potential and pop-off plays to our roster, and we’re looking forward to helping Derke realise his full potential in the Black and Orange.”
MAGNUM is a solid Sentinel players that mains Killjoy and Cypher. “His adaptable and smart style, along with his top-frag potential and strong personality will make him a fan favourite in no time at all.”
With the two new additions, Fnatic will try once more to qualify for EMEA Challengers, from which two teams will represent the region in Reykjavik, Iceland, the first international Valorant LAN event.
VCT Challengers 2 in Europe kicks off with the open qualifier on April 10 and will run for two days. The main event will then start on April 15 until April 18.
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