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The move of Version1 in-game leader Anthony “Vanity” Malaspina to North American giants Cloud9 is in the final stages of completion. A deal is likely to be reached soon, multiple sources told Upcomer on Aug. 9. 

While there have been several rumors of Cloud9 removing a member of their starting roster, they will likely switch to a six-man roster. Players could be swapped in and out, depending on the event, to find the best fit for the team. 

It’s unclear whether Vanity will play for the side in the upcoming Nerd Street Summer Champs Last Chance Qualifier, which starts today. Vanity is not listed under the roster, so he likely won’t be in action on Cloud9 at this time. 

The organization has been in negotiations for a few days, following Vanity’s internal move to the inactive roster, as first reported by Upcomer. Vanity would reunite with his former teammates under Chaos Esports Club, which fielded a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster. 

Vanity switched to VALORANT earlier this year with Version1; his first team in Riot Game’s new first person shooter. He played for the NeverDone roster, which consisted of former Gen.G and CS:GO players. 

Cloud9, however, have undergone several roster changes throughout the organization’s tenure in VALORANT. Most notably, the organization transferred Tyson “TenZ” Ngo, the best player in the region, to Sentinels in early 2021. 

Version1, on the other hand, will compete in the last chance qualifier later this year. The organization will have one final chance to qualify for VALORANT Champions; the largest event of the year. Sentinels have already secured qualification for the event. The rest of the spots are yet to be decided.

If Vanity joins Cloud9, the organization will likely field the following roster: 

  • Vanity 
  • Mitch “mitch” Semago
  • Nathan “leaf” Orf
  • Son “xeta” Seon-ho
  • Michael “poiz” Possis
  • Erick “Xeppaa” Bach
  • Ricky “floppy” Kemery (inactive) 

This story is breaking. 


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


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