Today Version1 announced Martin “Anderzz” Schelasin as the new head coach for VersionX, its professional VALORANT team competing in VCT Game Changers. Anderzz is the team’s first ever coach. He’s been a competitor his entire life and previously worked in finance and as a director of business optimization. When VALORANT was released in 2020, Anderzz spent a lot of time digging into the game and quickly earned a reputation for the analytical content he was producing.
His understanding of the game’s strategy soon earned him the coaching job with the North American free agent team VIRTUOSO, which quickly rose to the top free-agent spot in its region once he started. Following that success, Anderzz was picked up by Fnatic as the strategic coach. Under his guidance, the VCT team achieved a top-8 finish at VALORANT Champions in Berlin in December 2021.
In assessing his next move, Anderzz became intrigued by the opportunity to coach VersionX. “VersionX is a great example of a team that has all the right pieces and just needs to put them into place under the right structures. I believe I can elevate this team to their absolute highest potential,” says Anderzz.
Anderzz was also looking for an organization that would provide the resources necessary to be successful. He was impressed by Version1 after connecting about the opportunity and the organization’s understanding of what would be needed to realize long term success.
“Anderzz is a top echelon VALORANT coach at the professional level, in any region,” says Jake Trobaugh, vice president and head of esports and acquisitions at Version1. “His competitive nature paired with his analytics-driven background in finance will help lift this team. He’s the right person to push VersionX toward the goal they’ve set for themselves: win major events.”
Anderzz officially joined as coach on January 18. VersionX is busy preparing for the VCT Game Changers circuit, which begins in March. They’re playing this week in the $2,000 Knights Arena Sakura Cup #5. Follow @version1gg on social media for updates on their matches.
For more information on VersionX, check out the team page.