The decision to let Shanks go came right after NRG performed poorly in Stage 1 of the Valuing Champions Tour and could not qualify for the Masters of the competition.
Even with Shanks leaving, NRG boasted of a five-man side. However, fans were still a little worried about the future of the team as Shanks was an integral part of their line-up.
To fill Shanks’ training void, NRG recently announced that it will be adding Ian “tex” Botsch, formerly of Equinox Esports, to its Valorant roster.
It’s still unclear whether NRG wants to support this six-man roster like European Team Heretics or go for a more standard five-man squad like the rest of the Valorant teams.
Tex was an incredible Valorant duelist for Equinox Esports
Tex was by far the best player in the Equinox Esports lineup. He was single-handedly carrying matches at times and even boasts an incredible 1.35 K / D K / D on his iconic pick of Reyna.
Tex is an incredible duelist player and has given some of the biggest organizations like Clou9 a run for their money in tournaments like the Nerd Street Gaming Winter Championship.
However, duelists aren’t the only things Tex is known to play during pro matches. He is often seen wearing a mediocre Omen plectrum, which he uses with as much success as Duelists.
NRG will participate in the qualifications of stage 2 of the Valorant Champions Tour with the following composition:
- Pledge “Infinite” Green
- Damian “daps” Steele
- Sam “s0m” Oh
- Daniel “eeiu” Vucenovic
- Bradley “ANDROID” Fodor.
- Ian “tex” Botsch