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Team Vitality unveiled its roster for the VCT 2024 season, with three newcomers joining a pair of returning players from last season.
Former Team Liquid star Saif "Sayf" Jibraeel is joining the organization along with rookie Emil "runneR" Trajkovsk and fellow rising player Kimmie "Kicks" Laasner. They will join in-game leader Jokubas "ceNder" Labutis and Tomas "Destrian" Linikas.
Sayf is by far the biggest name among the three newcomers. He was part of Liquid's VCT EMEA 2023 European league winning team. runneR, 19, earned MVP honors at VALORANT Challengers 2023 East: Surge Split 2 while playing for Diamant Esports. Meanwhile, the 18-year-old Kicks comes over from Team Bonk, where he had a 49 percent first blood rate.
The five-player roster will trained at Vitality's Berlin facility under the direction of coach Salah "Salah" Barakat and his staff.
"We think about our team in the long term, that's our priority. On the one hand, we have recruited two young players who have the potential to become among the best in the world. And on the other hand, we have ceNder new as IGL, and with the capacity to take this roster very far," Salah said in a statement.
"I have never felt such chemistry in a team, there is a real family atmosphere between the youngest and the most experienced. Everyone gets along very well. The fact that a player like Sayf joins Destrian and ceNder, as well as our two young prospects, allows us to have a strong competitive spirit and great room for flexibility depending on the development of our young people. Believe me, they really have the ability; with this team, the sky is the limit."
--Field Level Media