On February 13, the VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) will kick off for 2023 at LOCK//IN. The inaugural tournament of the season, which will be held in Brazil, will feature all the partners of the competition of the three great regions. The 30 teams will fight for the champion title, however, some already have problems against them without even having debuted. One of those clubs is Talon Esports, which will not have the services of Patiphan Chaiwong.
Talon Esports has announced that Patiphan will miss LOCK//IN due to a wrist injury.. The Thai has undergone surgery for his problems and is currently focused on his recovery, something that prevents him from competing in São Paulo. “Health has been and always will be our number one priority as we want all of our players to have long and successful careers,” Talon said in a statement. On twitter. The organization has not revealed how many weeks of recovery the player will have ahead of him.
In any case, this situation is not completely new for the followers of the Thai. In July 2021 Patiphan was forced to take time off with another wrist injury, though he eventually made it in time to compete in the VALORANT Champions with X10.. During the last year, already as a player of the Los Angeles Gladiators of the Overwatch League, Chaiwong had to leave the starting lineup due to the same type of problems. In short, the professional has dragged the discomfort and has not been operated on until now.
Talon Esports will debut at LOCK//IN against a MIBR that will have the public in its favor. The tournament does not have a lower draw, so in the event of defeat the team must return to Hong Kong. Otherwise, if Talon were to win, he would later face off against the winner of Evil Geniuses vs. Team Heretics. The competition has a total of five rounds: sixteenth, eighth, quarter, semifinal and grand final. Only the last two phases will be played to the best of five, while the rest to the best of three.