Team Vitality Joining the Best at Valorant 2023

Team Vitality, the leading eSports team in France, has recently announced its plans to take part in the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) of 2023. It will make its debut in this competition at the VCT Kickoff Tournament in February.

According to top sportsbooks for betting on eSports games, Team Vitality has a good chance of winning this event. This squad is barely outside the Top 10 favorites to win the VCT Kickoff Tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with odds of 18.00 (+1700).

The reason the odds aren't better isn't due to Team Vitality's ability; it's just that next year's VCT will feature true eSports heavyweights.

VCT Kickoff Tournament Bringing Who’s Who of eSports to Brazil

The VCT will be one of the most important eSports tournaments of the year. The VCT Kickoff Event will be a three-week tournament in which the 30 greatest Valorant teams will compete.

The tournament begins on February 14, with the Grand Finale on March 5. The tournament kicks off the Valorant season in Sao Paulo, acting as the first tournament for the VCT's regular season, which will take place later in 2023 in Berlin, Los Angeles, and Seoul.

During the regular season, teams will be divided into three leagues based on their origin: Americas, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), and Pacific.

Two leagues will have ten clubs each. The victor of the VCT Kickoff Tournament will earn an extra seat in the VCT Champions 2023 event, and in Sao Paulo, one region will earn an additional entry. 

Team Vitality Has Huge Ambitions for Valorant

Established in the summer of 2013, Team Vitality is the oldest and most successful eSports organization in France. It was co-founded by Fabien “Neo” Devide and Nicolas Maurer both of whom started their eSports adventure as League of Legends fans and players.

In fact, Team Vitality's LoL branch is responsible for the majority of its success. This isn't the only game in which these players are involved. Team Vitality also has divisions for Call of Duty, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, Rocket League, and FIFA, and it has had its own Valorant department since 2021.

Team Vitality's Valorant division hasn't had much success so far, but there's a good chance they'll do well in the Valorant Champions Tour in Sao Paulo. Team Vitality has a very strong Valorant lineup, therefore they have every reason to be optimistic.

Santeri "BONECOLD" Sassi, a Finnish player who joined Team Vitality last May, will captain them in the 2023 season. Jokubas "ceNder" Labutis of Lithuania is the active team's longest-serving player, having joined Team Vitality in 2021.

Micha "MOLSI" cki from Poland, Karel "Twisten" Aenbrener from the Czech Republic, and Tomas "Destrian" Linikas from Lithuania completed the team in November 2021. Salah "Salah" Barakat, a 22-year-old from the United Kingdom, is the team's coach. He previously served as the head coach of OG LDN UTD with mixed results.

What to Expect from Team Vitality in 2023?

The Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) has had two editions so far, with Brazilian eSports team LOUD being the reigning champ. In 2023, teams from Europe seem to have the strongest rosters, with Ukrainian Natus Vincere being the top favorite to take over the Valorant throne from LOUD.

Team Vitality’s roster might not look as strong, at least not for the time being. The team needs time before it clicks, but these guys just haven’t had much time to get to know each other. However, if the roster doesn’t change over the next couple of months, it’s almost certain Team Vitality's prospects of winning the VCT in 2023 will increase tremendously. This is especially important if they perform well in the VCT Kickoff Tournament in Sao Paulo.

We do not necessarily mean that they have to win the event. Even qualifying for the final would be considered a great accomplishment. That situation, we believe, is quite likely to occur.

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2022