Elmapuddy Re-joins Gen.G
Elmapuddy has joined Gen.G Valorant team as head coach on Wednesday. With that, the Australian re-joined Gen.G, where he has previously worked as a CS:GO head coach.
The 25-year-old strategist joined Gen.G at the start of December 2019 and remained with the organization until January 2021. During his stay, Elmapuddy has achieved a lot, helping Gen.G win DreamHack Open Anaheim 2020 and ESL One: Road to Rio – North America in the first six months with the organization.
Gen.G’s last notable accomplishment came in July 2020, when they placed second at cs_summit 6. After months of disappointing showings, Gen.G eventually decided to pull the plug on their CS:GO division.
However, Elmapuddy did not need long to find a new home and joined Cloud9 in January 2021. Unfortunately, his stay with the NA organization was rather short-lived.
Elmapuddy has remained with Cloud9 for three months and has led the team through only four tournaments. Like Gen.G, Cloud9 decided to pull the plug on their CS:GO division due to underwhelming results, leaving Elmapuddy without a home once more.
Elmapuddy has since remained inactive in the CS:GO scene and focused on content creation. Now, after two months, the Australian has found a new home with Gen.G Valorant roster.
Third Time’s A Charm
Gen.G have acquired Elmapuddy as their new Valorant esports coach to replace Matthew “mCe” Elmore. The latter has joined Gen.G in February 2021 but was cut from the team in August due to poor results.
Elmapuddy joins Gen.G as their third Valorant coach, following mCe, and Andrew “Blank” Leverette. Blank has served as the team’s strategist from the start until February when he transitioned to the general manager role.
Regrettably, neither of Gen.G’s first two coaches achieved the required results. Nevertheless, the North American esports organization hope the third time will be a charm.
Since Gen.G formed their Valorant division in May 2020, the team hasn’t achieved much. Although Gen.G performed well in the first few months, the rest of the competition soon caught up and eventually surpassed them.
In the first year, Gen.G won only four B-Tier tournaments. Meanwhile, the best placement in an A-Tier tournament happened in December 2020, when Gen.G landed fourth at JBL Quantum Cup.
In 2021, success was hard to come by for Gen.G. They have won the VCT 2021 NA Stage 1 Challengers qualifiers but placed only seventh-eighth at VCT 2021: North America Stage 1 Challengers 2.
Gen.G improved upon those results in March, with a fourth-place finish at VCT 2021: North America Stage 1 Challengers 3. To that, they added a bronze medal at VCT 2021: North America Stage 1 Masters, just three weeks later.
However, Gen.G returned to their old ways shortly after. Gen.G were last seen finishing fifth-sixth at VCT NA Stage 3 -Challengers 1 and 2.
Last-Chance Qualifiers Just Around the Corner
Due to their lack of success, Gen.G have failed to qualify for the season-culminating VALORANT Champions 2021. However, they still have a chance to make it to the big stage.
Elmapuddy will make his debut as Gen.G Valorant head coach next month, on October 12, at VALORANT Champions Tour 2021: North America Last Chance Qualifier. The tournament will run from October 12-17, featuring 10 Valorant esports teams and only one ticket for the VALORANT Champions.
Gen.G will begin their journey through the qualifiers in Round of 10, where they’ll face off against Cloud9. If they win, Gen.G will advance into the upper bracket qualifiers, where they’ll clash with Berlin Masters semi-finalists, 100 Thieves.