An “Medusa” Min-cheol will take some time away from competitive play while remaining with the Crazy Raccoon organization to do streaming activities.
SOUTH KOREA – An “Medusa” Min-cheol will take a break from competitive VALORANT, stepping back from the active roster of Crazy Raccoon but will continue his association with the organization through streaming. Medusa will be open to offers during his time away from officials, as he still has no plans to call time on his playing career.
Medusa has been a staple member of the Crazy Raccoon core dating back to their first VALORANT roster formation in mid-2020. Since moving away from competitive Fortnite with T1, the 22-year-old has been a constant presence in the Japanese VALORANT scene and Crazy Raccoon. The only exception was during the 2022 season when he briefly joined REJECT, before making his return to the renowned Crazy Raccoon team this year.
Medusa enjoyed one of the best years of his career in 2021 when Crazy Raccoon attended all three international tournaments: Masters Reykjavík, Masters Berlin, and Champions Berlin. However, the team were struggling to obtain the same level of results they had achieved the following two years, even without the return of Medusa this season with a second-place finish in VCL Japan Split 1 and a fourth-place finish in the subsequent split.
“This is just between us, but I’m likely taking a break this season,” Medusa said in his announcement on Instagram, through a translated machine. “If I find a team that wants me and shares my ultimate goal, I would like to join. Until then, I plan to continue streaming while affiliated with CR [Crazy Raccoon].”
This move leaves Yusuke “neth” Matsuda as the sole member of the original Crazy Raccoon lineup that was formed in 2020 and went to the aforementioned three international events. Crazy Raccoon’s squad has now been depleted to just four players, with the Japanese organization due to announce plans for the next season in the coming weeks or months.
The team’s roster currently consists of:
- 🇯🇵 Yusuke “neth” Matsuda
- 🇯🇵 Ibuki “Meiy” Seki
- 🇯🇵 Souta “popogachi” Morita
- 🇯🇵 Akatsuki “makiba” Miyamoto
- 🇰🇷 Moon “Astell” Ji-won (Head coach)
- 🇯🇵 “NorthernLights” (Coach)
Cover photo courtesy of Lance Skundrich/Riot Games