A wrist injury has forced Patiphan “Patiphan” Chaiwong, a star player for Talon Esports, to withdraw from the team’s participation in the VCT LOCK/IN competition in Brazil, as the organization just revealed.
In a message posted on Twitter, Talon explained the decision to stay at home and focus on Patiphan’s recovery from a “required surgery on his wrist.” The organization and Patiphan’s parents and doctors concluded that the player should stay at home and focus on his recovery.
The organization based in Hong Kong made the following statement: “Health has been and will always remain our number one priority as we want all of our players to build long and successful playing careers.” Fans of the squad were looking forward to Patiphan’s comeback to Valorant after he competed in professional Overwatch in 2022 for the LA Gladiators. They were taken aback by the news, eagerly awaiting his arrival.
Patiphan has previously experienced difficulties with her wrist, so this is not a new occurrence for her. Due to a wrist injury that prevented him from competing in the Southeast Challengers that led up to the VCT Stage 3 Masters Berlin, he decided to take a vacation from competitive Valorant in July 2021. He was able to get back to total health in time for the Valorant Champions 2021, in which X10 placed fifth through eighth.
In the previous season, after contributing to the LA Gladiators’ success in both the Kickoff Clash and the Midseason Madness, he was forced to withdraw from the active lineup due to issues with his wrist. The team announced his departure from the Overwatch League in September.
Talon Esports will compete in Brazil despite the absence of Patiphan
At this point, it is unknown whether Patiphan will be able to heal in time to participate in the VCT Pacific League, which will begin on March 26. For the 2023 season, Talon has only five other players enrolled to play for them.
Talon will fly to Brazil with the same lineup they used when they competed in the Gwangju Esports Series in November, finishing in second place behind DRX. Patiphan’s participation in the tournament has been ruled out.
On February 15, Talon will play its first match in the VCT LOCK/IN event, a single-elimination competition with all 30 VCT partners and two Chinese invitees. Their opponent will be the Brazilian side MIBR.
Talon Esports’ VCT LOCK/IN lineup:
- Thanamethk ‘Crws’ Mahatthananuyut
- Panyawat ‘Sushiboys’ Subsiriroj
- Itthirit ‘foxz’ Ngamsaard
- Apiwat ‘garnetS’ Apiraksukumal
- Jittana ‘JitBoyS’ Nokngam