TSM brings back popular veteran to finalize 2023 VALORANT roster, sets sights on Ascension

Welcome back, now it's time to run it back.

With roughly a month to go before the qualifiers for the NA VALORANT Challengers League begin, TSM locked in its starting roster today after signing the returning James hazed Cobb as well as Nicholas NaturE Garrison, confirming an initial report by Dot Esports.

The two players will join most of the starting roster core retained from TSM’s 2022 VCT campaign: Johann seven Hernandez, Corey Nigra, and Anthony gMd Guimond. Not included in the team’s starting group is Yassine “Subroza” Taoufik, the long-standing foundation of the roster who (prior to hazed’s return) was the last standing original member of the mouseSpaz group signed in 2020.

After missing out on partnership during this past offseason, TSM was one of the first prominent NA organizations to reaffirm its commitment to NA VALORANT. “TSM has been a partner with Riot since 2013, and is one of the few profitable esports orgs, so it doesnt make sense for us to get up and leave the scene tomorrow, TSMs VP of esports Dominic Kallas said in September.

The organization will look to improve its standing the hard way through the NA Challengers and Ascension ecosystem. Despite a good start to 2020 that ended with a grand finals run at First Strike, TSM found little to no success over the next two VCT years, with only a few successful runs through regional qualifiers, falling well short of any international appearances. The team saw a large amount of talent enter and leave, even letting a rising star like Sean “bang” Bezerra slip through its fingers and into the waiting hands of 100 Thieves.

Hazed returns to the team after a strong year with NRG in which the team finished out as a top-six squad in North America. NaturE joins the team after previous stints with Immortals and Gen.G.

It’s unclear yet whether or not TSM will receive a direct invite to NA Challengers or have to compete through open qualifiers, but regardless, the path to Ascension is not easy with teams like G2, M80, and The Guard putting up strong rosters that will contend for the one VCT Americas promotion slot.

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