One of the founding members of NRG Esports’ Valorant roster, Damian “daps” Steele, is stepping down from the team and retiring from professional play. The team took to Twitter to make the announcement.
Daps explained the reasoning behind his retirement in a Twitter post stating, “It's been no secret to the people around me that I just don't enjoy playing anymore which was the main reason to my choice.”
Daps joined NRG Esports in October 2020 as the team’s first professional Valorant player. He was later joined by Sam “s0m” Oh, Daniel “eeiu” Vucenovic, Yannick “KOLER” Blanchette, and Ryan “Shanks” Ngo; forming NRG Esports initial Valorant roster.
(Picture: Riot Games)
In his time as the squads in-game leader, NRG Esports managed to score a first place finish at the Nerd Street Gamers December Monthly, 5-6th place at VCT Stage 1: Challengers 3, 3rd place at VCT Stage 2: Challengers 2, and a 5-6th place finish at VCT Stage 2: Challengers Finals.
NRG Esports are now:
Sam “s0m” Oh
Daniel “eeiu” Vucenovic
Bradley “ANDROID” Fodor
Ian “tex” Botsch
Damian “daps” Steele (Inactive)
Josh “JoshRT” Lee (Head Coach)