Valorant esports is in its infancy, with organisations looking to establish themselves as powerhouses early in the scene. One of them is Team SoloMid (TSM), squad that's been touted as one of the best in North America.
With the likes of Jett ace Matthew "Wardell" Yu, CS:GO veteran James "Hazed" Cobb, or Yassine "Subroza" Taoufik leading the roster, TSM can also count on Ali "Myth" Kabbani as their number one hype-man, developing an entire persona to support his org -- "Coach" Myth.
Despite having incredible results winning big tournaments like T1 x Nerd Street Gamers Showdown or the FaZe Clan Invitational (where they would cement their rivalry with Sentinels as the most hyped-up match up in Valorant esports thus far) TSM they would get eliminated by Dignitas in the group stages of the Pop Flash Invitational, the last Ignition Series event of the year for the NA region.
A shocker for everyone involved as they witnessed what is now TSM's worst Valorant performance yet, coach Myth simply stood there, at a loss for words. Eventually and still dumbfounded, Myth would break his coach boardand even take out his anger on a poor set of balloons in his room.
The play that resulted in TSM's defeat left Myth, the viewers, and even the analysts stunned, as Subroza would pull out his knife thinking he'd taken down the members of Dignitas still alive following a quick double kill.
Little did he know, Shanks was still lurking and ended up killing Subroza just in time to defuse the Spike and knock TSM out of Pop Flash.
The subsequent memes and banter on social media followed immediately after. Subroza would confirm a fakeout from his teammates caused him to believe the round was secured, but that didn't stop Dignitas from messing with the player's mistake, prompting Myth to block them from Twitter.
Of course, it needs to be said, Coach Myth's antics are all in jest, with his personality helping the Valorant esports scene grow organically, as it brings thousands of viewers with his watch parties, peaking at over 35k viewers during the FaZe Clan Invitational for example.
While there'll be no more Ignition Series for North America, that doesn't mean tournaments from different organisers can happen, we'll keep you updated on all things Valorant.