The Ruddy Esports Valorant roster has been publicly revealed, with the London esports organisation saying they want to ‘take over the UK scene’.
The roster includes UK players Onion, Deqadz, Stacked and W1LL, plus Piran and coach Nobrim.
While the players have already been competing together in the likes of the PRG Gauntlet (more on that below), it’s the first time Ruddy have shouted about it in one of their trademark comedic videos, featuring ‘reporter’ character Patrick Paulbatisse (who definitely isn’t Ruddy co-owner Regan in a grey wig) interviewing fellow co-owner DonJake.
“We can confirm that a shagtastic roster has been assembled to take over the UK scene,” Ruddy said. “A lot of young players with potential – and Stacked who is about 43. It’s safe to say they all deserve to wear the badge and we’ll be excited to see them compete in whatever Leagues dot GG tournament that actually works.”
The news comes as Ruddy are out in Korea right now for the League of Legends World Championship, interviewing pro players and producing content.
Ruddy Regan also recently teamed up with popular UK League streamer Caedrel for Worlds 2023 rap song ‘TheShy is Back’.
Ruddy Esports Valorant roster win PRG Gauntlet
The Ruddy Esports Valorant roster have already won a community team deathmatch (TDM) tournament, earlier in the month.
They won the PRG Gauntlet, which was organised by UK esports and content organisation Paragon.
32 teams and some 182 players took part, with the likes of UK org Vexed also competing and Globex finishing second.
“Paragon Gauntlet was an opportunity for Paragon to elevate the community by offering a well organised exciting and eventful product. Thanks to our sponsors, AGON by AOC and Sweetcabin, we were able to provide an excellent prize pool with 15 monitors and also do giveaways for the community,” Paragon community manager Aston Hollingsworth told Esports News UK.
“We hope to create more engaging tournament using niche and different game modes in the future.”
Marcus MacSween, CEO of Paragon, added: “Even with the ups and downs, we’ve been really happy with the overall feedback we’ve had from teams and viewers of the event – we definitely intend on doing more grassroots event like this, no matter what game or form.”
Match terminated mid-tournament as Riot anti-cheat kicks in during PRG Gauntlet
The PRG Gauntlet also saw some unusual shenanigans. Riot’s anti-cheat kicked in during the first round on stream.
Three people on the CES Wolves team were banned after playing one game in the tournament and all of them were playing from the New Meta gaming cafe in North London. They were later unbanned, so it’s possible it was an IP issue.
“As we are sure many of you will have seen on our first game on stream, Valorant Vanguard detected a cheater on one of the teams. Whilst it was very unexpected, we’ve put competitive integrity first, and this team was immediately DQ’d from the event,” Paragon said in a tweet.
ORganisers also told Esports News UK that people have asked for more team deathmatch tournaments in the future, and there are also plans to arrange a League of Legends tournament in the future.
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.