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Acend announced the signing of VALORANT player Aleksander “zeek” Zygmuntformer, the former G2 Esports in-game leader. The news comes along with Acend’s former IGL Jose “koldamenta” Luis Aranguren joining G2. The change is the organization’s first roster move since it signed the former Raise Your Edge squad.
You will regret this Carlos.
— Acend (@AcendClub) June 2, 2021
Hours before the announcement, zeek took to Twitter to announce his departure from G2. He also highlighted his own problems that hampered his VALORANT career and caused his benching on G2.
“The timing was very unfortunate with a lot of s*** happening in my life,” he wrote in a TwitLonger. “My dad almost passing away due to COVID, me also getting sick, unable to go to a boot camp with the team, which I think would help us a lot. And some other personal stressful stuff for me.”
Zeek before Acend
Before joining G2, zeek played on an amateur Polish roster in the early days of VALORANT. The team, THOSE GUYS, parted ways in September of 2020 and zeek moved on to another amateur squad, nolpenki. That team gained notoriety during the Ignition Series and saw zeek link up with future Acend Jett star Mehmet Yağız “cNed” İpek. The two qualified for the culmination of the Ignition Series, First Strike, and became one of the top eight teams in Europe at the time.
Nolpenki dropped out of the high-profile tournament in the quarter finals. The players later parted ways to pursue individual opportunities in December of 2020. G2 then picked up the Polish IGL to address their IGL crisis. Zeek started for the team for the entirety of the Stage 1 of the VALORANT Champions Tour and the first half of Stage 2. He was replaced for health reasons in the second of of Stage 2 by Oscar “ozzy” Scott.
Zeek has played 11 agents in his career but has the most time on Sova, Raze and Sage. Koldamenta played multiple agents for Acend but was primarily a Sova player. In theory, zeek should fit right into the Acend lineup in terms of agent selection.
Declan is an esports journalist and part-time editor for Upcomer. He is an avid gamer and League of Legends player. You can find him at the bottom of the leaderboard in most games or on Twitter.