Editor’s note 26/09/21: This article has been updated to fix a spelling and statistical error.
North American organization 100 Thieves have removed Joshua “steel” Nissan from the starting roster, multiple sources told Upcomer Sept. 24 and Sept. 25.
100 Thieves will play with Aaron “b0i” Thao to fill the vacant slot on the roster.
The in-game leader has been removed from the team following the conclusion of VALORANT Champions Tour Masters in Berlin. 100 Thieves finished in the top four for the event following a defeat to the runners-up Envy in the semifinals.
Individually Steel had a poor performance during the most recent Masters event. While other in-game leaders typically don’t top the scoreboards, steel had the fourth lowest average damage per round out of all North Americans at the event, according to VLR.gg.
During the event Steel said that he “couldn’t focus and was drawing blanks,” following the team’s victory against Gambit in the group stage.
“As an in-game leader, not being able to give direction is a bad thing,” he said.
But 100 Thieves did have a relatively successful event considering they placed in the top four. But the organization felt disappointed at the loss to Envy which would’ve solidified their spot in the grand final if they were victorious. Envy crushed 100 Thieves during the semifinals, granting the North American rival only 13 rounds in total.
Envy beat 100 Thieves 13-5 on Haven and then 13-8 on Ascent, the latter of which is statistically one of 100 Thieves’ best and most played maps. 100 Thieves has almost a 70% win rate on Ascent after 45 matches, according to VLR.gg.
100 Thieves is set to compete in the Last Chance Qualifier to earn a spot at Champions, the biggest VALORANT event of the year. The North American LCQ will grant one spot to the victors and is set to begin on Oct. 12.
100 Thieves will field the following roster:
- Spencer “Hiko” Martin
- Ethan Arnold
- Nick “nitr0” Cannella
- Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk
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