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100 Thieves faces roster changes ahead of Last Chance qualifiers

One of North America’s brightest teams will look to make a shocking change before the North American Last Chance Qualifiers. Originally reported by Upcomer.com, 100 Thieves will look to cut current in-game leader Joshua “steel” Nissan after the team did not obtain a direct qualification to VALORANT Champions at the end of the year. The report also features that in steel’s stead, 100 Thieves will be competing at the Last Chance Qualifiers with former Andbox player, Aaron “b0i” Thao. 

And as announced as of Monday the 27th, the report is entirely accurate.

With impressive finishes at VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) Masters 1, Challengers 2 Finals, as well as their subsequent qualification for and performance at Masters 3 Berlin, 100 Thieves were a strong contender to capture North America’s final ticket to VALORANT Champions. However, with their tenured in-game leader departing the roster following the team’s lacklustre result from Masters 3 Berlin, their chances seem grim.

After looking like obvious favourites after their 2-0 group stage performance over teams like Gambit Esports, Crazy Raccoon, and Havan Liberty, 100 Thieves advanced out of Group C with the top seed.

Boasting a +14 map differential and, in hindsight, the only match victory over the eventual winners, steel and 100 Thieves confidently advanced over Europe’s Acend but fell to regional rivals, Team Envy. After only being able to score 13 total rounds against the eventual silver medalist, 100 Thieves were sent home with their VALORANT season sat in purgatory. 

While the move does seem to hinder the team’s communication and mid-round calling, 100 Thieves is not hurting for experienced tactical FPS players. Former Counter-Striker professionals like, Ethan “Ethan” Arnold, Spencer “Hiko” Martin, and Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella all have been incredibly pivotal to 100 Thieves success and will be leaned on for their Last Chance qualifier bid. 

Even from their communication at the event, 100 Thieves knew they were not playing to the calibre they knew they could. “That round was not great. Let’s put it that way,” coach Hector “FrosT” Rosario could be heard speaking with Hiko after winning Icebox against Gambit Gaming.

That victory came by way of Hiko winning a 1v3 clutch — something the team was overjoyed that he accomplished but seemed uncomfortable having to put him in those situations. “We’re lucky, I’m lucky I have you but that’s no bueno — and you know that,” FrosT said. 

“We should never put you in a position where you’re in that and you have to win that. That was tough.”

However, steel himself later explains his view of what happened during their eventual downfall to Team Envy, citing a lack of energy and a rushed atmosphere as major reasons why 100 Thieves looked so deflated. Speculation aside, the team will have to battle through the Last Chance qualifiers if they want to keep their season alive. 

North America’s Last Chance qualifiers are due to take place on October 12th through the 17th and will include Version 1, FaZe Clan, XSET, Luminosity Gaming, Cloud9 Blue, Gen.G Esports, Rise as well as ORDER and Chiefs Esports Club from Australia.

However, only one of them will rise and capture the region’s final ticket to VALORANT Champions set to take place in Berlin, Germany from December 2nd through the 12th.

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