Acend Waves Goodbye to Last Remaining Player of VALORANT Champions 2021 Title

Acend officially ended its relationship with starxo today after working with him for almost two years. The last player on the Acend team to win VALORANT Champions 2021, the inaugural FPS world championship from Riot Games, was Starxo.

Starxo joined Acend on March 2021 alongside BONECOLD, cNed, Kiles, koldamenta, and head coach Laurynas “Nbs” Kisielius. In June 2021, the European organization replaced koldamenta with zeek and finalized the lineup that would win VALORANT Champions in December 2021 over Gambit.

Starxo and the rest of the team, though, never displayed the same form in 2022. The end of the project came after Acend failed to secure one of the 10 spots for the EMEA partnership league in 2023. After that, starxo took a step back from the roster on Sept. 21 and had been looking for new offers ever since.

“First 2 years in my life as a pro player, couldn’t ask for more from Acend and all of the boys, all of the support and memories will stay with me untill the end of my life for sure,” starxo said. “I’m really grateful for this opportunity, we built a hell of a history. Time to move on.”

It’s currently unclear whether starxo has found a new VALORANT team to play for in 2023. Given that he won one of the most important tournaments in the competitive scene of Riot’s FPS, it’s likely that starxo had at least talks with organizations that made the franchising program. KOI is the only organization in the EMEA league that is still down a player for 2023.

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