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UK/Lithuanian Valorant player Dom ‘Soulcas’ Sulcas has stepped down from Team Liquid after three years with the well-known esports organisation.
He made the announcement on social media platform X yesterday evening, saying ‘after over three years in Team Liquid, my time is sadly over’.
“These three years have been the most adventurous and exciting times of my life,” Soulcas added. “I’m eternally grateful for all the staff and players at Liquid who supported me in my journey with all the ups and downs. It was a place that just felt like home and I will forever cherish that.
“So I just wanted to say a big genuine thank you to everyone at Team Liquid, I will really miss you all. As of today, I am a restricted free agent. I’m open to playing any role that’s needed and even any region if it feels right. Business Inquiries: sou[email protected] – see you on the other side.”
Soulcas was previously part of the UK-core Fish123 Valorant roster, signed by Team Liquid just over three years ago. That also consisted of Adam ‘ec1s’ Eccles, James ‘Kryptix’ Affleck and Travis ‘L1NK’ Mendoza, plus coach Connor ‘Sliggy’ Blomfield. Ardis ‘ardiis’ Svarenieks was previously part of the roster, but Liquid also signed Belgian player Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom to round off the roster.
Liquid changed their Valorant roster over the years, but Soulcas remained one of the core players throughout. His departure this week comes one day after dimasick also left the team.
Prior to his time in Valorant, Soulcas also played in the CSGO scene for teams like Fierce Esports, London Esports and Radix.
Earlier this year, Soulcas won the VCT EMEA 2023 grand final with Team Liquid (pictured, top).
Team Liquid posted a message thanking him for his time with the organisation.
“From the bottom of our hearts, thank you Soulcas for your dedication, hard work and passion throughout these last three years,” they said.
“You have gifted us so many cheerful moments in our time together and we wish you nothing but the best for your future.”
Many others in the Valorant community wished the UK player well for the future.
The news comes a few weeks after Valorant Champions 2023 took place in Los Angeles, the main Valorant esports tournament that sees the best teams from across the world take part each year.
Liquid unfortunately failed to get out of the group stage at Valorant Champions, going 0-2 in group D. The $2.25m tournament was eventually won by Evil Geniuses.
The news comes a few days after another UK Valorant esports star, Jacob ‘mini’ Harris, announced his decision to step back as head coach of Fnatic’s Valorant team.
Dom is an award-winning writer and finalist of the Esports Journalist of the Year 2023 award. He graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Federation up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and offer esports consultancy and freelance services. Note: Dom still produces the British Esports newsletter on a freelance basis, so our coverage of British Esports is always kept simple – usually just covering the occasional press release – because of this conflict of interest.