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North American Roster Roundup

After the last North American Ignition Series, most organizations assessed their lineups and took stock of the talent, or lack of talent, that they had aquired.

Here is a quick rundown of some of the big and small roster moves in the North American VALORANT community.

100 Thieves Roster Shuffle

100 Thieves offloaded almost its entire roster in August, cutting a few players that will be mentioned later in this article, in favor of signing Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella of CS:GO fame. The team also kept veteran Spencer “Hiko” Martin as he is the centerpiece that the organization is hoping to build around.

As of now, 100 Thieves has signed at least one more player to fill in its three empty slots. Joshua “steel” Nissan a Canadian a former CS:GO, CS Source, and Overwatch player who has been banned by Valve from competing in certain events. Not unlike Hiko, steel has jumped into VALORANT to continue his competitive endeavors by being the third piece in 100 Theives puzzle.

Spacestation Gaming Enter

The North American organization entered the VALORANT scene by signing four players from the amateur team Bloom. The team was signed in late August and has only competed in the Pulse Series so far, finishing 13th-16th.

The squad consists of Jordan “inksy” Gonzalez, Adam “kaplan” Kaplan, Daniel “roca” Gustaferri, and Youssef “sSef” Daghache. Under the Bloom banner, the team consistently placed 2nd or 1st in C-tier tournaments with inconsistent results in B and A-tier events.

Highground is Reformed

The amateur team Highground, which was previously the home to former 100 Thieves players Zachary “Venerated” Roach, Keane “Valliate” Alonso, Diondre “YaBoiDre” Bond, and Alfred “Pride” Choi.

Now, the team is back with Valliate and YaBioDre reprising their roles with new teammates Mike “sharky” Gariti, Brendan “BcJ” Jensen, and Justin “Kellar” Kellar.

Smaller Additions

Outside of some big organization signings, there were also a few players that went in and out of lineups.

Ryan “Shanks” Ngo is a young FPS prodigy that has signed with Dignitas on a trail basis. Alexander “retrQ” Kadan signed with Renegades along with the team’s new coach Justin “coachJ” Anzalone.

Luminosity is an American organization that recently came on to the scene. They have signed both Venerated and Justin “Ksaize” Goszczynski recently.

Envy Making Big Moves

Envy have bolstered their roster for the second half 2020 by signing T1 castoffs Victor “food” Wong and Austin :crashies” Roberts. The team made the move by putting two of their players Abdo “c4lypso” Agha and Adam “aKis” Kisseberth in the reserve squad.

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Declan McLaughlin

I am an Indiana University student with a degree in journalism and a passion for esports. I have written about multiple games, League of Legends, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Rocket League, for multiple media outlets. You can catch me dying first every round in VALORANT or trying to get out of Silver in League of Legends.

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