NAVI Enters Valorant Game Changers Circuit With Celestials Roster
Valorant’s women’s competitive circuit continues to grow with some of the biggest esports organizations in the world investing in the Game Changers circuit. Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) just signed the Celestials (women’s division) roster which will compete in the Game Changers circuit as well as other women’s Valorant events. The roster was previously a part of FUT Esports and competed from Turkey.
Na’Vi Celestials Valorant Roster Overview
The new roster features:
Aslıhan “proxima” Uslu
Süreyya “Gia” Bayel
Zeynep “Ritha” Sualp
Reyhan “Sephia” Şimşek
Proxima, Gia, and Ritha previously competed under the Oxygen banner before joining FUT Esports in April 2022 alongside Sephia. The players secured fourth place at the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) Game Changers Two in Europe Middle-East and Africa (EMEA) and have won two back-to-back Turkish events where the team lost just one map. However, the team disbanded in a matter of weeks and the players found a new home under the Na’Vi banner.
Na’Vi will hold on to the 40 VCT Game Changers circuit points that the team has earned, which can be crucial for qualifying for the first-ever women’s Valorant world championship set to take place later this year.
The team would need to win Game Changers Three (Stage 3) or secure first place in the EMEA region in terms of circuit points. EMEA has two slots in the upcoming world championship and just eight teams competing at the LAN event later this year.
The low number of teams for the LAN event has been a hot topic of discussion within the Game Changers circuit as most major LAN events feature 12-16 teams. Regardless, Riot has taken a step in the right direction with women’s esports.
Riot’s Game Changers academy program is also underway in full swing for 2022. Valorant Game Changers Academy will feature monthly tournaments and offer players opportunities to compete at the grassroots and semi-pro level. It is also organized in partnership with GALORANTs which is one of the biggest player-run communities in Valorant.
Na’Vi is still looking for a fifth player to complete its roster and it has promised an update soon. Only time will tell if the new Na’Vi roster will be able to keep up with the best in the world and ultimately become world champions later this year.