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Team Liquid has released Adam “ec1s” Eccles from its VALORANT roster, the Dutch organization announced on Monday.

Ec1s was moved to the bench in February to make space for Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen and has since been the team’s substitute player while also playing on team Benchwarmers. Logically, his release also means he will not fly to Iceland to be Team Liquid’s substitute there.

Founding Team Liquid VALORANT member becomes a free agent

Ec1s moved to VALORANT after retiring from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in April, 2020. He was one of the founding players of fish123, who were picked up by Team Liquid in August of that same year.

With Ec1s as the in game leader, Team Liquid failed to make a significant impact throughout 2020, with a fifth to eighth-place finish in First Strike Europe and a bronze medal in the BLAST Twitch Invitational as their best results. The disappointing and inconsistent performances continued into 2021 when Team Liquid failed to qualify for the VALORANT Champions Tour Stage 1 Challenger 2 main event. He was replaced by Jamppi soon after and, after some weeks of practice, the team ended up clicking, ultimately qualifying for VCT Masters 2 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

While ec1s misses out on joining his former team in Iceland, he seemed poised to prove he still belongs at the top of VALORANT.

“My time under Team Liquid has been amazing where every day I was proud to be a part of it all,” ec1s said on the official announcement. “I am sad to be leaving, however I am also excited for the future as a free agent looking to get back into competitive VALORANT. I wish the team all the best at Iceland and truly do hope they succeed!”

Ec1s has yet to say what is next for him, though he is open for new opportunities in the VALORANT scene.