Entering the fray in the growing Valorant esports scene, South Built Esports tapped the former Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) stars of Bren Esports to form its team in Riot Games’ hero shooter title.
South Built announced the development through a Facebook post on Sunday, May 10. “As we expand into the world of esports, we accept the challenge of acquiring a Valorant team and dive into the war where veterans and newcomers alike battle for the top spot of the Valorant world!” the team said.
SBE Valorant is bannered by former Bren CSGO captain Chris “Pro” Martir and teammates Deko “Papichulo” Evangelista, Elmer “micr0” Coloma, Johnty “JA” Arone, Patrick “Derek” Lacson and Azis “Azys” Nandang.
Pro and his crew’s transition from Valve’s first-person shooter to Riot’s game seemed to be so smooth as they immediately won a championship by ruling the Outplay Esports Conflick Season 3 against SV Empire.
Despite having notable achievements including a playoff finish in the Perfect World Asia League Fall 2020, Bren let go of its CSGO squad last March 1 citing the shaky industry around Valve’s shooter title particularly in the Asian region.
Pro, Papichulo, micr0 and JA stuck to the CSGO scene for a while and took Azys as their fifth man before eventually finding their new home in SBE, albeit in Valorant.
South Built also has a Dota 2 squad that is mostly composed of ex-Vice Esports standouts and is currently competing in the Dota Pro Circuit Season 2-Southeast Asia Lower Division.