According to multiple reports, Mehmet Yaz “cNed” Pek will join Team Vitality’s Valorant lineup as the team’s fourth player for the upcoming 2023 VCT season.
One of the most popular Valorant players of EMEA region cNed is reportedly set to reunite with his former teammate Santeri “BONECOLD” Sassi under the Vitality banner. The fearsome prodigy, who is regarded as one of the finest players in the EMEA region, is most likely to take on the Duelist or Sentinel roles with Jett or Chamber in the French organization.
Some of the players have already been permitted to pursue new chances even though the French organization still has one tournament—The French Cup— to play in October. Vitality players Nathan “nataNk” Bocqueho and Joona “H1ber” Parviainen announced last week that they are exploring their options for the upcoming season as restricted free agents.
Vitality’s Valorant roster
- Jokūbas “ceNder” Labutis
- Santeri “BONECOLD” Sassi
- Kamil “baddyG” Graniczka
- Inactive players
- Joona “H1ber” Parviainen
- Nathan “nataNk” Bocqueho
Can the former Acend superstar take Vitality to the top?
The Turkish superstar was a key player of Acend since March 2021 and his performance was a key factor in the team’s success at VCT, especially in the 2021 season. The professional player gained notoriety after Acend won the VCT 2021: Europe Stage 1 Masters and VCT 2021: Europe Stage 3 Challengers 1. In addition to winning a handful of B-tier events, the team also won the biggest event of the year, the 2021 Valorant Champions tournament. The team became the inaugural world champions after thrashing Gambit in the finals with a laser-thin margin.
— Mehmet Yağız İpek (@cNedf0r) September 21, 2022
However, cNed and his team’s form declined in 2022, as they were unable to qualify in any of the three international VCT competitions. After having a rough start to the 2022 season, Acend started the VCT 2022: EMEA Stage 2 Challengers well, defeating Fun Plus Pheonix, OG LDN UTD, G2, and Fokus in the group stage. Despite a strong start, the team failed to qualify for the 2022 Masters Copenhagen after losing to M3 Champions and FPX in the playoffs. While Acend as a team witnessed a disastrous season, CNed has had a decent year thus far, personally. He placed in the ten in the majority of statistical categories during the EMEA: Stage 2 Challengers Group Stages.
The great Acend era, however, came to an end when the team was unable to secure a place in the franchised league from the EMEA region and let its players, including cNed, pursue other choices.
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