In a groundbreaking move for the competitive Valorant scene, Team Heretics, a renowned esports organization, has set its sights on signing former Fortnite star, Benjy "benjyfishy" Fish, for the upcoming VCT EMEA Last Chance Qualifier tournament. This monumental acquisition marks a significant step forward for both Team Heretics and benjyfishy, as they venture into uncharted territory.
Benjyfishy, a household name in the Fortnite community since his rise to fame in 2018, has made the bold decision to transition to Valorant. Following his success as a content creator for NRG Esports, benjyfishy pursued a professional career in the burgeoning world of competitive Valorant. His journey led him to play for Enterprise Esports in Challengers East: Surge after parting ways with NRG in December of the previous year.
The recent accomplishments of the Enterprise Esports squad, securing a spot in the VCT EMEA Ascension Play-In tournament based on their impressive second-place finishes in Surge's two splits, have undoubtedly caught the attention of Team Heretics. Recognizing benjyfishy's potential and talent, Team Heretics has verbally agreed to bring him on board, signaling their commitment to bolstering their roster with exceptional players.
Team Heretics, however, had a challenging run in the VCT EMEA, finishing in eighth place. The team faced numerous hurdles, including having to substitute one of its coaches for the final three weeks of the season and benching Aleksander 'zeek' Zygmunt due to "personality mismatches." A critical oversight in failing to secure a sixth player for their Valorant squad left Team Heretics scrambling to meet the Riot Games roster requirements, necessitating the use of a coach as a temporary replacement.
Taking decisive action, Team Heretics parted ways with zeek on June 6, leaving a void in their roster. Despite the absence of a free agent window, which currently restricts player signings under Riot Games rules, Team Heretics received a rare exception. Spanish Valorant insider Lembo revealed that Riot Games granted Team Heretics permission to secure another player as an emergency roster lock exception, enabling them to fill the vacancy left by zeek.
With the addition of benjyfishy, Team Heretics now sets its sights on the VCT EMEA Last Chance Qualifier tournament, where they will have their final opportunity to qualify for a major international event. This high-stakes competition is scheduled to commence on July 15, and Team Heretics aims to showcase their revamped roster, led by the exceptional talent and versatility that benjyfishy brings to the table.
As the Valorant community eagerly anticipates the outcome of this groundbreaking signing, it marks the beginning of a new era for Team Heretics and the wider esports landscape. The integration of benjyfishy into the team not only adds firepower but also injects fresh enthusiasm and determination. Team Heretics, driven by their recent setbacks and the hunger for success, is poised to seize this opportunity to secure their spot on the international Valorant stage.