19th August 2021 – 3:35pm
TSM announced yesterday the signing of Looking For Org, the former players and coaches of Noble, and Dcop to launch its academic team called TSM Academy.
It's official, TSM now has an academic team, composed of Colin " Precision " O'Neill, Timothy " frostyZK " Ly, Brandon Michael " bdog " Sanders, Nate " payen " Lopez and Carlo " Dcop " Delsol. The first 4 were members of Noble before the organisation stopped its operations on Valorant. Dcop used to play under the banner of EZ5. The team will also be coached by former Noble, Apex and aRubyz staff.
TSM Academy being the second men's team of the organisation, it will not be allowed to participate in the Valorant Champions Tour. Indeed, the rules stipulate that only secondary female teams can take part in VCT competitions. Players will have to be content with playing in independent tournaments such as NSG: Summer Championship or the Pittsburgh Knights Monthly Gauntlet.
The TSM main team did not qualify for the Masters 3 in Berlin but has a slim chance of participating in the Last Chance Qualifier depending on the results of the other NA teams at the Masters. Their adventure in the VCT 2021 may not be over, and if some of the academic team members catch the eye of the coaches, we may see them join the main team!
The first TSM Academy match will take place tonight against Cloud9 Blue in the Nerd Street Gamers: Summer Championship.