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Equinox Esports VALORANT signs Ian 'tex' Botsch for VALORANT Champions Tour



Career ACS of 242. Nineteen career clutches. Sixth highest ADR in the Nerd Street Gamers Winter Championships 2021. The clutch king himself.


And he calls Equinox (and soon, Oklahoma City) "home."


Ian "tex" Botsch, 21, has signed a contract with Equinox Esports to compete in upcoming VALORANT events, including Riot Games' Championship Tour. The signing completes the Equinox Esports VALORANT roster after the departure of Carlo "dcop" Delsol in November.


"We are thrilled to have signed tex for a variety of different reasons," said Connor Knudsen, director of competition for Equinox. "He's a player that already has a massive amount of skill and game sense, much of which is credited to his rich FPS history in CS:GO. But, maybe even more important than that, are his intangibles: He's a player that communicates effectively, stays positive and has already made a huge impact on our team's culture in the short time we've trialed him. In the end, we think we've struck gold with tex, and we're excited to continue letting him shine."


Botsch got his esports start in Counter Strike: Global Offensive, competing both at LAN and online in the MDL dating back to 2017. Having made his mark on that scene and garnering the respect of many within it, tex decided to make the transition to VALORANT in 2020 as many in the CS:GO ecosystem did. Before his signing with Equinox, he briefly played for teams like Mamba Mode Gaming and Prospects. Despite his name, he currently resides in Ohio.


"It feels great to finally have a fair chance to prove myself to the scene," tex said. "I’ve been in the FPS scene for quite some time now, previously playing CS:GO, but finally being able to perform against top-tier teams and show people my potential is an unexplainable feeling. Joining Equinox feels like a dream; I’m incredibly blessed for this opportunity. This is my first professional contract, and I won't let it to go to waste."



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