Japan’s most successful VALORANT team, Crazy Raccoon, just dropped the majority of their roster following an unimpressive showing from their last VALORANT Champions run. Despite an impressive regional performance, they failed to achieve any significant results in the VCT LAN events, resulting in their entire roster, except for Yuskuke “net” Matsuda, hitting the chopping block. With such a short time before the next VCT season begins, it’s uncertain whether Crazy Raccoon will manage to assemble a team to compete right from the start.
Crazy Raccoon was eliminated in the group stage on both occasions in Berlin, first during VCT 2021: Stage 3 Masters – Berlin and then during VALORANT Champions 2021. And to their misfortune, they ended up facing Gambit Esports both times. Gambit is currently one of the strongest squads in VALORANT, so getting them this early immediately spelled doom for the team. All things considered, Crazy Raccoon put up a great fight and they left home with their heads held up high.
But, as is usually the case in VALORANT, when something doesn’t work the usual approach is to start from scratch. This is exactly what Crazy Raccoon will be doing now. With no established roster and one remaining player, they’ll not only have to get an extra four players but also one or even two coaches. This could prove to be a difficult task to achieve in such a short period of time before the start of VCT 2022. Worst case scenario, they’ll end up delaying their entry and will join a bit later into the season. They’ve conquered their region once and they can do it again, but the more important task is to qualify for the LAN events. So the sooner they recover, the better.
The reason it’s more important to start the next VCT season as early as possible is that this year’s VALORANT esports format is much more condensed. There are just two Masters and two Challengers tournaments, and it all ends in September and not December.
Crazy Raccoon is sitting in a tough spot right now, but this could prove to be a blessing in disguise. Without any previous ties, they can reform a brand new team and set some higher goals. The time is perfect to reinvent themselves and set their sights on the big LAN stage.
(All information was provided by Esports Bets)