After several reports of TSM pursuing Braxton “brax” Pierce as a potential player for its Valorant roster, the organization has finally confirmed the signing of the player. Rumors surrounding TSM singing the American Valorant player did the rounds after James “hazed” Cobb was sitting out of scrims. Rush B Media's Ryan Friend was one of the first to report that hazed is being replaced by brax in the roster as a sixth player. While there were rumors of hazed being replaced, there has been no official confirmation on who brax will be replacing in the roster. The latest signing is part of TSM’s recent roster overhaul.
TSM Signs Brax After Disappointing Run at The Valorant Champions Tour
TSM’s decision to sign brax was made after the organization failed to qualify for the North American Valorant Champions Tour Masters One event and were eliminated from the Challengers Circuit. The team will be looking to make a comeback in the North American Valorant scene later this year when they go into the NA VCT Stage Two: Challengers One Open Qualifier.
The decision to field a six-player roster does not come as a surprise with other teams taking a similar approach. T1 was one of the first teams to switch from a 5-man roster to a 6-man squad earlier this year. The organization recently signed Lee “ANS” Seon-chang, CS:GO pros Timothy "autimatic" Ta and Rahul "curry" Nemani in February to shake things up for 2021.
Brax Can Help TSM Regain Its Former Glory in Valorant
TSM was regarded as one of the best teams in Valorant since the game’s release in 2020. After months of dominant performances, they failed to pull off a win at Valorant First Strike NA and recently failed to qualify for VCT Masters One. Brax’s entry into the roster can lead to a turnaround for the North American team.
Brax will make his debut with the team in the NA VALIANT Stage 2: Challengers Open Qualifier 1 event today (April 1). He is one of the most popular players in North America and is often compared to the likes of Sentinels’ Tyson “TenZ” Ngo. The player has competed in Valorant since the game’s release but he started off as a content creator for T1, before Riot’s shooter was officially released in June 2020.
The 24-year-old player is a former CS:GO player who was banned by Valve for match-fixing in 2014. He was unable to compete in the CS:GO Majors, which impacted his career. TSM fans will be expecting a comeback by the team for the number one spot in NA and a potential chase for the VCT Championships.