Friday, March 1, 2024

TSM releases Game Changers roster

On Monday, TSM announced that it has released its Valorant Game Changers roster, TSM X.

“We have released our 2022 VAL GameChangers roster,” TSM wrote on Twitter. “It’s bittersweet to say goodbye, but we’re excited to see your continued journeys in your new teams. You’ll always be #TSM to the core, thank you and good luck. To the fans, look forward to an update on our GC strategy in 2023.”

The TSM X squad consisted of Mirna “athxna” Noureldin, Emily “mleqt” Peters, Karnthida “dodonut” Chaisrakeo, April “bungee” Haight, and Elena “Ellie” Garland. Up until recently, TSM X were basically the de facto third place team of the North American Game Changers scene, always biting at the heels of the region’s dominate monsters in Shopify Rebellion and Cloud9 White. Unfortunately, during the Game Changers Series III tournament, they stumbled badly, dropping to the lower bracket at the hands of XSET Purple and then being eliminated by Immortals.

It’s unclear how much of this decision was based on the roster’s performance, and how much of it was impacted by the recent bankruptcy of crypto currency exchange FTX, who signed a $210 million, ten year naming rights contract with the esports organization last year. That said, TSM released a statement touting its financial stability in the wake of the FTX crash, and stated that it would reveal plans for its 2023 Game Changers strategy in the near future in the roster’s release announcement.

“To be clear, TSM is built on a solid foundation,” TSM said in its statement. “We are stable and profitable, and we continue to forecast profitability for this year, next year, and beyond. We look forward to a great year in 2023.”

Where the former TSM X roster will end up is anyone’s guess at this point, but it seems at least some of them have already found new opportunities. Athxna, for example, has been helping out on the analyst desk at the 2022 VCT Game Changers Championship in Berlin, Germany.

Ty Galiz-Rowe

Ty is Gayming Magazine's deputy editor and esports expert.