Esports organisation TSM has announced its newest Valorant team will be an all-female roster led by CS:GO legend Catherine ‘CAth’ Leroux. CAth is a former World Champion in Valve’s competitive shooter, and will turn her hand to Valorant for the Valorant Champions Tour Game Changers series.
CAth will be joined by Katherine ‘LunarKats’ So, Emily ‘mle’ Peters, Zoe ‘Zoe’ Servais, and Mirna ‘Athxna’ Noureldin. Fans will be able to see them in action on March 19, when they play the open qualifiers for the VCT Game Changers tournament. Game Changers is a series that aims to create “new opportunities” for women in the competitive game.
“I’m beyond excited to join a well-established organization like TSM and bring my previous experience from CS:GO into a fresh game like Valorant,” CAth says in TSM’s announcement. “My competitive drive never left, and I’m looking forward to competing again under the TSM banner.”
Valorant is fast becoming a welcoming home for women’s esports, after last year’s hugely successful Summer Showdown and an ongoing partnership with Galorants. This partnership has also birthed the Game Changers Academy program, a grassroots tournament series that Riot’s senior director of esports Whalen ‘Magus’ Rozelle believes will “build the next generation of superstars.”
TSM’s new team will be one of the favourites to do well in the Game Changers series thanks to the pedigree of players it has signed. We’ll know more about how well CAth has transitioned from CS:GO to Valorant and how the team works together when they take to the field for the first time tomorrow.
Andy ‘Reginald’ Dinh, founder and CEO of TSM, is confident that they will do the organisation proud, saying that “this team represents the core values of TSM,” and he sees “huge potential” for them.