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Singaporean esports organization Bleed eSports announced Tuesday that their two recent Swedish roster members, Jacob “pyth” Mourujärvi and Max “maxie” Lönström, will not compete in the upcoming VALORANT Champions Tour qualifiers due to COVID-19 travel restrictions in the country.

“Unfortunately, Singapore has banned all inbound travel until Jan. 2o due to the emergence of the Omicron variant and spike in imported cases,” Bleed said in a statement. “Moving forward, we will be signing a seventh player in lieu of pyth and maxie’s absence ahead of VCT Qualifiers.”

The team announced the signing of the two Europeans in mid-December. The country’s travel restrictions went into place on Dec. 22.

Bleed is a relatively new esports team. They announced their first roster, a VALORANT squad, on Sept. 30. The organization has yet to play in the VALORANT Champions Tour circuit but has had decent placing in third-party tournaments such as the KJC eSports VALORANT Invitational, where they placed second after losing to Paper Rex in the final 3-0.

Dates for the 2022 VCT Malaysia & Singapore circuit have yet to be released.

Pyth and maxie before Bleed eSports

Fans may recognize pyth from his time with G2 Esports. The 28-year-old player was a part of the organization’s 2020 run where they placed first at almost every tournament they entered. He also played on the team in 2021 but was benched in June after G2 had multiple disappointing results in the VCT circuit. The last time fans saw the Swede play for G2 was at LVP Rising Series #2.

Maxie, on the other hand, has yet to record an official VALORANT match, according to Liquipedia and VLR.gg. The former Counter-Strike player retired in 2018 and has resurfaced in the Riot Games tactical shooter. He would have been the in-game leader of the South East Asian squad.

The Bleed roster now looks like this:

  • Lee “LEXY” Jun Hao Xavier
  • Darren “FirstLove” Mok
  • Lim “lenne” You Xiang Lionel
  • Derrick “Deryeon” Yee
  • Tyler “juicy” James (on loan)
  • Henri “Flaring” Forichon