Taylor “drone” Johnson has officially been benched after TSM FTX’s Valorant roster failed to qualify for the VCT NA Stage 3 Challengers 1 Main Event.
TSM FTX further revealed that it would be trialing players and searching for a new fifth member to replace drone ahead of the NA Challengers 2 Open Qualifier.
TSM FTX’s Valorant roster for VCT NA Stage 3
- James “hazed” Cobb
- Matthew “Wardell” Yu
- Yassine “Subroza” Taoufik
- Sean “bang” Bezerra
- Chet “Chet” Signh (coach)
The team’s updated roster was then eliminated from the VCT NA Stage 3 Challengers 1 Open Qualifier after falling to Noble in the third round of the competition.
TSM FTX’s Valorant roster is now searching for its new fifth member in preparation for the next VCT NA Stage 3 Challengers 2 Open Qualifier, which is scheduled to take place on July 22, 2021.
What’s next for drone?
Drone was one of the TSM’s original members that signed with the team in May 2020 when it was previously called “mouseSpaz” and Valorant itself was still in its beta phase.
Since joining the TSM FTX’s Valorant roster, drone has helped the team conquer two Ignition Series tournaments and contributed to them finishing in second during Riot Games’ First Strike North America Championship.
“What a ride it’s been,” drone reflected in his statement. “I wouldn’t trade the time the squad and I had for anything, but it is time for a new chapter.”