According to reports, the North American organization 100 Thieves is about to make its first roster change by adding Matthew “Cryo” Panganiban to its Valorant team.
The organizations locked into the Americas, EMEA, or Pacific leagues are constructing new rosters for the 2023 season as the new league era looms. As the offseason transfer period begins, 100T is reportedly ready to make its first acquisition, according to reports from Dot Esports. The organization is reportedly close to signing the North American star Cryocells.
After OpTic superstar yay, Cryocells is widely regarded as the greatest Chamber player in North America. His dominant showing at VCT 2022 under the XSET banner has further cemented his position as one of the best Valorant players in the entire world. A recent report suggests that Cryo is anticipated to join 100 Thieves as a replacement for Canadian player William “Will” Cheng . Will usually appears as Jett or Chamber for XSET, while Cryo mostly played the role of a Duelist with Jett and a Sentinel with Chamber at OpTic.
With the recent news that @XSET was denied into the partnership program, I've been allowed to explore new opportunities as a restricted F/A. I am open to all partnership teams in North America.
If interested: DM me or contact my agent @derrick_truong
— XSET Cryo (@Cryocells_) September 24, 2022
However, there has been no official confirmation of who will depart the lineup to make room for the new addition. Cryocells and 100 Thieves will debut with 29 other partnered teams at the VCT 2023 Kickoff tournament in São Paulo, Brazil, which is scheduled to take place in February 2023.
Cloud9 is close to signing yay
The North American organization Cloud9 is reportedly close to signing the best VALORANT player in the world, Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker. Yay, who was Optic’s primary sniper, is also known as “El-Diablo” in the community and among Valorant fans. During the VCT 2022, the 24-year-old was statistically the best player in the world, helping OpTic finish in the top three across all three major international events this year.
Sources: 100 Thieves is set to sign an XSET superstar.
The organization is finalizing a deal to acquire Cryo.
— George Geddes (@GeorgeCGed) September 27, 2022
On September 22, the organization benched Rahul “curry” Nemani and Mitch Semago to make room for the new arrivals. Both players will consider their options as restricted free agents as the undisputed GOAT of North America joins C9’s Valorant lineup.
Cloud9’s potential Valorant lineup
- Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker
- Nathan “leaf” Orf
- Erick “Xeppaa” Bach
- Anthony “vanity” Malaspina
As Riot’s roster rule states that each roster must consist of no fewer than six players, each team will acquire at least one reserve player.
Along with the other 28 teams that make up the Valorant partnership, 100 Thieves and Cloud 9 will travel to Brazil for the opening event of the 2023 VCT season. According to Riot, all partnered teams must submit an initial competitive roster before October 15, 2022, in order to qualify for visas for the Kickoff event, even though the pre-season transfer window closes on February 1, 2023.
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