Tenta “TENNN” Asai has temporarily stepped down from Zeta Division’s Valorant roster, after being diagnosed with retinal disease in his right eye.
In the meantime, SCARZ player Yuto “Xdll” Mizomori will replace him, and may also fill in at Valorant Champions in Istanbul.
TENNN helped Zeta to a third-place finish at Masters Reykjavik 2022, a historic placement for a Japanese team.
Zeta missed out on Masters Copenhagen following a grand final loss to Northeption in VCT Japan Stage 2 Challengers. However, they managed to clinch a spot at Champions without having to play the East Asia LCQ, after Northeption failed to make it out of groups and secure enough points to overtake them.
Zeta Division bring on Xdll to replace TENNN
It is still uncertain whether TENNN or Xdll will play at Champions, according to Zeta in a press release announcing the move.
TENNN is being temporarily removed from the roster on his doctor’s advice in order to focus on treatment, but his attendance at Champions will depend on a later doctor’s consult and how well his treatment progresses.
He first noticed abnormalities in his field of vision in the middle of July, and was diagnosed with retinal disease after visiting an ophthalmologist. While he acknowledged some “loss of vision,” he said that it was only temporary and would recover with treatment.
Xdll will be on loan to Zeta until the end of Champions. He has the most games on Fade, but has also had experience playing Sova and Skye. On the other hand, TENNN is Zeta’s Raze main. It’s not yet clear what adjustments the team will make to integrate their new player, or if they will simply have him take on the role of duelist.
Zeta Division Valorant roster
- Ushida “Laz” Koji
- Maruoka “crow” Tomoaki
- Yuuma “dep” Hisamoto
- Shota “SugarZ3ro” Watanabe
- Yuto “Xdll” Mizomori (stand-in)
Champions will run from September 2 to 18 and feature 16 teams, four more than the usual 12 at previous Masters events.