Former CSGO pro and TSM player Matthew ‘Wardell’ Yu has been officially signed to Version1 Valorant as Maxim’s replacement.Wippie’ Shepelev.
Wardell, 23, was previously a CSGO pro before making the jump to Valorant. He was signed to TSM for almost two years before parting ways with the org in March 2022.
After being without a team for about a month, Version1 announced that they would sign Wardell – at least temporarily – to fill in for Wippie.
Wardell signs with Version1 Valorant
On April 26, Version1 announced the signing of Wardell on Twitter. The organization said it was due to visa issues with Russian player Wippie and said the addition was temporary and didn’t say how long the change would last.
V1 VALORANT Update: pic.twitter.com/gO4V3WmE1y
— Version1 (@version1gg) April 26, 2022
“Version1 Valorant has signed Wardell as a temporary stand-in for Wippie,” the organization tweeted. This temporary roster change is due to visa-related circumstances and it is our intention that Wippie will rejoin the roster when he is able to do so.”
A few days before the official announcement, Wardell had teased some sort of contract signing, but conveniently left out which team it was for.
Following the news, Wardell added he was “excited” to play for Version1, who will be hoping for more success in Phase 2 of the 2022 VCT Masters.
Version1 failed to make the VCT Stage 1 Masters in Reykjavik after finishing 5th-6th at Stage 1 NA Challengers.
How Version 1 will fare with Wardell remains to be seen, but it’s clear a player of his caliber is definitely still in high demand, especially with OpTic’s Stage 1 Masters crown being brought back to NA.
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