Talon Esports’ star participant Patiphan Chaiwong will miss the inaugural VALORANT occasion for franchised groups—VCT LOCK//IN in São Paulo, Brazil—to deal with his wrist damage and start the rehabilitation steps, the group introduced at present.
“We’re unhappy to announce that Patiplhan is not going to be touring with the VALORANT crew to Brazil for the upcoming 2023 VCT LOCK//IN occasion,” Talon stated. “On account of required surgical procedure on his wrist, we, together with Patiphan, his dad and mom, and physician have collectively determined that staying in Thailand for rehabilitation would be the finest plan of action. Well being has and can at all times stay our primary precedence as we would like all our gamers to develop lengthy profitable taking part in careers.”
VCT LOCK//IN would have been Patiphan’s return to skilled VALORANT after he left the scene in 2022 to return to the Overwatch League and play for the Los Angeles Gladiator. Sadly, he’s having to cope with a wrist damage for the second time in his brief profession. The Thai player had to take a break during VCT Stage Three in 2021 as a result of he had been taking part in with an injured wrist for months and recovered in time for VALORANT Champions 2021 on the finish of that yr. Talon didn’t say when it expects Patiphan to have the ability to compete once more.
The absence of Patiphan in Brazil may spell hassle for Talon within the first occasion of the season since they could possibly be eradicated in the event that they lose their first match as a result of it’s a single-elimination match. Talon will face MIBR, one of many house groups, within the opening match and play with Thanamethk “Crws” Mahatthananuyut, Itthirit “foxz” Ngamsaard, Panyawat “sushiboys” Subsiriroj, Apiwat “GarnetS” Apiraksukumal, and Jittana “JitboyS” Nokngam.
VCT LOCK//IN will run from Feb. 13 to March 4, that includes the 30 partnered VALORANT groups throughout the Americas, EMEA, and Pacific areas plus two Chinese language groups within the type of EDward Gaming and FunPlus Phoenix ZHUQUE.