Temperature Loaned To Gen.G Esports Ahead Of NA Last Chance Qualifiers
Some last-minute changes are still coming from the North American region as teams attempt to bolster their roster to maintain the best chance possible at booking the final ticket to VALORANT Champions later this year.
Evil Geniuses tenured support, Nolan “Temperature” Pepper, has been loaned to Gen.G Esports ahead of North America’s Last Chance Qualifier.
As the last remaining member of the original Evil Geniuses roster, Temperature will now play over Michael “MkaeL” De Luca, who was moved to Gen.G Esports’ inactive roster towards the start of September.
Following that, Gen.G Esports welcomed back their former Counter-Strike head coach, Chris “Elmapuddy” Tebbit.
These changes seemingly aim to give the VALORANT roster a fresh coat of paint after only managing to capture a third-place finish and 50 circuit points during VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) Masters 1 this past March.
Packed with a new lease and one final chance to capture the first VALORANT world title, Gen.G Esports should be considered a force to be reckoned with at the North American Last Chance Qualifiers.
In Tempature’s stead, Evil Geniuses have reportedly begun trialling with former Version1 stand-in and beastcoast veteran, Jamal “jammyz” Bangash. During his appearance as Version1’s temporary stand-in for the VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) Masters 2 held in Reykjavík in Iceland, jammyz impressed with boasting statistics.
With such little preparation, his 248 average combat score (ACS) and 208.5 average damage done per round (ADR) on Ascent against Crazy Raccoon is an impressive feat. Another great example comes by way of Version1’s showcase against South Korea’s NUTURN Gaming. Jammyz was pivotal in their 13-3 dispatching of NUTURN Gaming on Haven accumulating 264 ACS, 29% headshot percentage, and an impressive 162.6 ADR.
And these are not just cherry-picked statistics either.
Evil Geniuses and jammyz’s first outing together was during Septembers’ Pittsburgh Knights Monthly Gauntlet. There, the pairing took an early exit during the quarterfinals with an 0-2 loss to Complexity Gaming. However, it was within that series that jammyz continued to showcase his promise.
Between two separate agents, both Viper and Cypher, jammyz averaged 223 ACS, a 26% headshot percentage, as well as a surprising 213.3 ADR–in a narrow loss to a North American staple of the tier two scene. Again, in a loss jammyz–as well as the entire Evil Geniuses roster–managed to compete. This only provides more exciting potential for Evil Geniuses head coach and Counter-Strike veteran Christine “potter” Chi to tap into heading into VALORANT’s sophomore season next year.
Gen.G Esports alongside the likes of 100 Thieves, Version1, FaZe Clan, XSET, Luminosity Gaming, Cloud9 Blue, and Rise will compete to represent North America at the grand finale for the inaugural season of the VALORANT Champions Tour.
Evil Geniuses on the other hand will continue to build out their already promising roster and will have to wait until next season to have a chance to capture glory.
North America’s Last Chance Qualifiers are set to take place later this month from October 12th to the 17th.
VALORANT Champions will take place in Berlin, Germany from December 2nd through the 12th.
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