Sources: Luminosity YaBoiDre to become restricted Free Agent - Upcomer
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North American organization Luminosity have allowed VALORANT player Diondre “YaBoiDre” Bond to look for opportunities elsewhere, multiple sources told Upcomer on Friday. Dre has already been approached by multiple organizations. 

Since Dre will become a restricted free agent, teams will likely have to pay a buyout fee for the player. Any teams that would pick up the duelist without paying the buyout will have to wait until his contract expires with Luminosity. 

The future for the rest of Luminosity is up in the air, according to multiple sources. The organization could re-sign the rest of the players. 

Luminosity recently bowed out of the North American Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ), which would’ve granted the team a place at Champions if they finished in first place. Luminosity lost their first match of the LCQ to XSET 2-1 and was sent to the lower bracket. 

North American side Gen.G took down Luminosity 2-0 in the lower bracket to eliminate them from the competition. This loss concluded Luminosity’s VCT season since Champions is the final event of the year. The VCT season will restart next year around February.

Dre joined the organization in February earlier this year following a successful trial period. He joined alongside Kaleb “moose” Jayne following his time with ‘Orgles5.’ Both players remained on the roster for some time despite several roster changes, including the release of both Brenden “stellar” McGrath and Brady “thief” Dever. 

Most notably, Dre was a part of the 100 Thieves roster last year, but the team produced several disappointing results. In July 2020 the organization finished in joint last place in the FaZe Clan Invitational, which saw TSM as the victors. Dre was released by 100 Thieves in August last year. 

If Dre leaves the roster to join another team, Luminosity will field the following roster:

  • Moose 
  • Will “dazzLe” Loafman
  • Tanner “TiGG” Spanu
  • Alex “aproto” Protopapas

Editor’s Note: Upcomer is a subsidiary of Enthusiast Gaming, which is also the owner of Luminosity Gaming. There is no relationship, editorial or otherwise, between Upcomer and Luminosity.

George is the lead reporter for Upcomer from the United Kingdom.
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