Taimou is coming off a break, after playing the game throughout 2020 and early 2021.

Timo “Taimou” Kettunen has announced his return to competitive VALORANT play.

Taimou comes from Overwatch, where he was notable in the earlier days of the game. He began playing in 2015, and early on played for G2 Esports before he joined Envy in mid-2016. He became a mainstay on Envy’s roster, and would play with them until he left the game in 2020. Taimou joined Envy’s Overwatch League team, the Dallas Fuel, when the league formed, and saw gradually less playtime over the seasons.

In 2020, Taimou jumped to VALORANT. He was without an organization until signing with Entropiq at the start of 2021. That Entropiq roster had some promising pieces on paper, but some early bad results spiralled into lineup changes seemingly every week, and they could find no consistency. They managed a good showing at the VALORANT Open Tour France Spring Qualifier, taking down Alliance and Team BDS en route to a fourth place finish, but it was too little, too late. Entropiq released the team on June 1st. Taimou was an active free agent for a while, competing with a free-agent 5-stack called Unjobbed, but on August 28 announced that he was taking a break to focus on his mental health.

Coming back to VALORANT might prove difficult. The European scene is not seeing a lot of new organizations getting invested, and Taimou’s up-and-down history with the game means he’ll have to prove himself again. But there are opportunities, and with Taimou’s pedigree he should be able to make a new start.


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A writer from Niagara, Canada, Shawn covers VALORANT, League of Legends, and PUBG. He previously wrote for THESPIKE.GG and is a journalism student at Ryerson University. He has also been accredited press for Worlds 2021 and VALORANT Champions.