SAMRIDDHA SAHA (Gl1tch_mast3r)
Not too long ago, 100 Thieves signed Spencer "Hiko" Martin as their first Valorant player. Now the organization added four more to complete the roster. Joining Hiko will be four former PUBG players:
Keane “Valliate” Alonso – Last active for Spacestation Gaming
Zachary “Venerated” Roach – Last active for Team Envy
Diondre “YaBoiDre” Bond – Last active for Tempo Storm
Alfred “Pride” Cho – Last active for Team Envy
The North American company made its intent on joining the Valorant pro scene clear at the start of June. Spencer “Hiko” Martin was the first player to get signed by 100 Thieves. The ex-CS:GO rifler retired from Valve’s tactical shooter in order to pursue a career in Riot’s one. With the official announcement, it was also revealed that Hiko will be the captain of the team. Now, three weeks later 100 Thieves have completed their Valorant roster, by hiring four new players at the same time. The new additions are all coming from an orgless team that already participated in some Valorant events.
The first tournament under the 100 Thieves banner will be the T1 x Nerd Street Gamers Showdown, which is the third event of the Riot-backed Ignition Series and the first to be held for the North America region. Teams will compete for a $50,000 prize pool and includes teams such as T1, Cloud9, Team SoloMid, FaZe Clan and more.
FaZe might be starting their roster a bit late but so far they’ve made some good choices. Both jasonR and Corey have previous competitive experience and both want to make it big in Riot’s tactical shooter.
Announcing two players in short succession, the team is ready to “FaZe Up” in Riot’s new FPS. Led by Jason “jasonR” Ruchelski, a former CS:GO pro and Corey “corey” Nigra who last played for Washington Justice in the Overwatch League, FaZe Clan will be another pioneer in the young scene.
G2 Esports have also announced more signings, following after Oscar “mixwell” Cañellas Colocho’s transfer.
Joining the Spanish former CS:GO player will be Patryk “paTiTek” Fabrowski and Jacob “pyth” Mourujärvi. Both are also former CS:GO players and will be joining mixwell at G2. While paTiTek never quite made it to the top of the Counter-Strike world, pyth is among the household Swedish names in the scene. He was part of the Ninjas in Pyjamas roster that won multiple titles during 2016. A hand injury forced him into a break later the same year and he was eventually benched and replaced in 2017.Together with mixwell G2 has now gathered three former CS:GO players to their roster and we might expect more to follow.