FaZe Clan has lost its team captain Jason ‘JasonR’ Richelski less than six weeks after signing him, with the organisation claiming that the former Counter-Strike pro wants to start his own team and “seek new opportunities elsewhere.”
JasonR was part of FaZe Clan’s first Valorant esports announcement when he was revealed as team captain alongside former Overwatch League star Corey ‘Corey’ Nigra. JasonR’s short stay at FaZe has been rocky to say the least, with the Canadian not playing a single competitive match in the five and a bit weeks since he joined.
“FaZe Clan and [JasonR] have decided to part ways,” the FaZe Updates Twitter account post reads. “He’s looking to build a Valorant roster & seek opportunities elsewhere. We had a great working experience with Jason, and hope our paths cross again in the future!” While the post appears to present things as an amicable split, JasonR revealed during a livestream last week that he was not practising with the team at all and had “no say” in player recruitment, despite being the team captain.
FaZe Clan and @JasonRuchelski have decided to part ways – he’s looking to build a Valorant roster & seek opportunities elsewhere.
We had a great working experience with Jason, and hope our paths cross again in the future! #FaZeUp
— #FaZeUp (@FaZeUpdate) August 3, 2020
“Marved just got announced on the FaZe roster but I’m not practicing with FaZe,” he says. “I had no say in who they were picking up at all. I’m not practicing with the roster.” He later goes on to say that he didn’t want to be “forced into situations,” which is why he had spent his initial time at FaZe streaming rather than competing.
Since FaZe’s announcement of JasonR’s departure, the Canadian has not yet commented and his Twitter name still remains as “FAZE JR.”
This will be a big blow for FaZe so close to its own tournament in the Valorant Ignition Series, which takes place this week August 6-9.