TNL Esports Announce Roster Changes
TNL Esports have announced that both Le “Hate” Ye-hun and Yeom “eKo” Wang-ryong have been released from their active roster.
With this move, the duo of Park “exy” Geun-cheol and eKo has been split apart. The two players have been teammates since before First Strike and the start of the Korean VCT circuit under the team name No Mercy along with Hate before getting signed to Quantum Strikers (sans Hate who joined Cloud9 Korea) for First Strike closed qualifiers. After that, the roster was picked up by TNL Esports. Hate then re-joined the squad after a stint with DAMWON Kia to play in VCT KR Stage 3 for a chance to qualify for the second major international VALORANT lan which will take place in Berlin.
The organization placed well in the most recent tournament, achieving a solid 3rd-4th place finish in Stage 3. However, they were just shy of qualifying to Berlin after losing a best of five (Bo5) to eventual grand champions Vision Strikers. Unfortunately for the team, they will not be able to qualify for the APAC Last Chance Qualifiers with the amount of circuit points they have accumulated in order to get a shot at the international stage.
According to TNL’s twitter, Hate has chosen to explore free agency while eKo has elected to take a break and step back from being a professional gamer for the rest of 2021. There is still a chance that the two will come back if there are open slots in the team next year. No announcement has yet been made on who will be replacing them, if ever.
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