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Gibo leaves Team Secret



photograph courtesy of TEAM SECRET GILBERT “Gibo” Sales steps down as coach of Team Secret heading into the VCT 2022 season.

Team Secret lost a key member of its competitive Valorant team following the departure of Gilbert “Gibo” Sales Jr. ahead of the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) 2022 season.

Team Secret broke the news, thanking Gibo for his contributions, including a shocking performance in the Valorant Champions 2021 last December in which it came up with a quarterfinal finish.

“We made history together. Thank you for sharing this incredible journey with us, Gibo. We wish you all the best further. Salamat,” Team Secret said in an announcement.

Gibo was the genius behind the country’s rise in Valorant.

He led the squad composed of Jessie “JessieVash” Cuyco, Jayvee “DubsteP” Paguirigan, Jim “BORKUM” Timbreza, Kevin “Dispenser” Te, and Riley “witz” Go into dominating the local FPS (first-person shooter) competitive scene when he got the team to play together for Bren Esports.

Gibo and his players proved that they are the best Valorant roster in Southeast Asia when they defeated Paper Rex Singapore in the grand finals of VALORANT Champions Tour 2021: Southeast Asia Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs last August.

With that, the entire roster signed with Team Secret.

Even though they have missed playing at VALORANT Champions Tour 2021: Stage 3 Masters-Berlin because of visa woes, Team Secret still got to play in the first-ever Valorant world championship at the Valorant Champions 2021 last December, where it came up with an impressive top 5 to 8 finish.

“So yeah, I am no longer the coach of the Team Secret Valorant team. Now I am able to focus on myself more. To my boys, it’s truly an honor and a privilege to be your coach. Thank you for trusting me since the start,” Gibo wrote on his social media account.

“As I have said a hundred times to you guys, I am the first and will be the last to believe what you guys are capable of. Please keep on supporting these wonderful guys. I would like to focus on myself more for now. I’ll be back when I’m ready. But for now, Gibo (is) out.”