Valors disband following offensive comments from nero
Dust2.us has learned that Valors have disbanded, seeing the squad fold one series into ESL Challenger Season 40. The decision comes after Valors' player Matthew "nero" Seymour's reprehensible comments towards ONET4P player Walker "walker" Harris in their game last night.
Valors' demise comes after a month of concerted efforts by Damian "droid" Boulware to keep his team together, with the lineup becoming something of a revolving door due to multiple players leaving to join Bad News Bears. In hindsight, he will likely regret the addition of nero as in the wake of his comments, Wayne "castro" Einarsson left the team while disavowing the lineup on Twitter.
droid told Dust2.us that castro's departure essentially killed the roster as, should nero be banned, it would leave the squad with three players, a sub, and no further roster additions this season. Additionally, Jake "WOOHOO" J. is set to be out of town for their next match on February 8th, making the situation even more untenable.
While it is currently unknown if nero will receive a ban for his actions, Party Astronauts coach Joseph "Muenster" Lima pointed out that nero likely broke multiple rules in ESL's rulebook regarding player conduct.
Dust2.us reached out to an ESL representative who declined to comment.
Jake "WOOHOO" J.
Damian "droid" Boulware
Conner "Geek" Golding
Matthew "nero" Seymour
Wayne "castro" Einarsson
Chris "aleph" Froden (Coach)
With Valors dead, it will remain to be seen if ESL plans on replacing the squad or running ESL Challenger League Season 40 with 15 teams. In the former case, Brazen and Earlybirds would be the next two teams in line to claim the spot due to their finishes in ESEA Premier Season 39 Relegation.
In a final wrinkle to end this story, it seems that droid's squad was not signed to Valors at the time of the incident. The organization apparently neglected to update the team's page in a timely fashion or tell anyone about this fact. In response to this scandal, Valors announced they would be stepping away from CS:GO for the time being, but not before posting a not-at-all poorly timed video thanking their Season 39 lineup for "everything".