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TSM Female have signed LeahPanda as the fifth member to their competitive VALORANT team after Katherine “LunarKats” So was removed from the roster.
LeahPanda is a Sova main who previously played for an amateur Canadian team known as Banana. Banana had success at the recent Canada National Final tournament, where they placed fourth out of twelve teams. LeahPanda was still on the roster during this event while also trialling for TSM Female.
TSM began searching for LunarKats’ replacement when she was removed from the roster due to outside drama. LunarKats was supposed to play with TSM during the VALORANT Champions Tour Game Changer event but was replaced by ARIANARCHIST for the length of the tournament. Soon after, TSM began trialling LeahPanda, who helped them place first at the Tampax Gaming Fest and second at the Pittsburgh Knights Sakura Cup. These results have been a massive improvement from the fifth place finishes at both the Game Changers qualifier and the main event.
TSM Female look to surpass teams in June with LeahPanda
TSM Female will compete in the upcoming Dignitas sponsored Game Changers Tournament, which takes place in June of 2021. The tournament will follow a similar format to the original Game Changers event; teams competing in a tournament bracket to claim victory. Since Game Changers, the top-tier female teams such as Cloud9 White, Dignitas, and CLG Red have made roster changes. TSM now adds themselves to that list after adding LeahPanda.
🗣️: "𝐍𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠!"
Please welcome @LeahPanda_ to #TSM as the 5th and final member of our Valorant team! We're excited to see the roster in action and can't wait for them to start stacking up trophies pic.twitter.com/WmvAur6qgg
— TSM (@TSM) May 17, 2021
After back-to-back impressive performances at the latest female VALORANT events, TSM will utilize LeahPanda’s new perspective of the game on Sova.
The Dignitas Game Changers event begins June 19 – 20 for the qualifier. And the main event takes place from June 24 – 27. This leaves TSM Female with over a month to practice with their newly developed roster.
Danny Appleford is an esports journalist for Upcomer that started writing for Daily Esports in 2020. He now specializes in articles surrounding League of Legends, Call of Duty, VALORANT and Halo.