100 Thieves Confirm Valorant Roster For The 2023 Season

100 Thieves Confirm Valorant Roster For The 2023 Season

100 Thieves have announced its new-look Valorant roster for the 2023 season. As unveiled, the North American esports organization built its new lineup around the roster former in 2022, hoping to build on the success 100T achieved last season.

Pieces Come Together

100 Thieves officially announced its new Valorant roster on Monday, October 24, unveiling a new-look lineup consisting of Derrek “Derrek” Ha, Brenden “stellar” McGrath, Matthew “Cryocells” Panganiban, Sean “bang” Bezerra, and Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk.

Of the five players, bang, Derrek, and in-game leader stellar have been with 100 Thieves since they first joined the organization in April. Meanwhile, 100T acquired Cryocells at the end of September as the latest signing. The whole roster is built around Asuna, who has been with the organization since October 2020 – four months after 100 Thieves entered the Valorant esports scene.

The latest addition, Cryocells, joined 100 Thieves on September 29 from XSET. He was a part of the team since December 2021 but was let go from the organization, along with the rest of the roster, after XSET failed to secure a spot in the partnered league for the 2023 season.

Having begun his Valorant esports career in October 2020, Cryocells is one of the most experienced players in the scene, with plenty of achievements to show for. He has achieved a lot with XSET in the 2022 season.

Most notably, Cryocells helped XSET win VCT 2022: NA Stage 1 Challengers – Open Qualifier 1, NSG: Winter Championship, NSG: Summer Championship – Philadelphia, and VCT 2022: North America Stage 2 Challengers. Besides that, he also placed fourth at VCT 2022: North America Stage 1 Challengers and reached playoffs of VCT 2022: Stage 2 Masters – Copenhagen.

Unfortunately, XSET failed to end the season on a strong note, crashing out of VALORANT Champions 2022 in fifth-sixth place after losing against the eventual semifinalists, FunPlus Phoenix.

A New Roster Is Formed

In the announcement video unveiling the 100 Thieves 2023 Valorant roster, the company’s general manager Daniel “ddk” Kapadia explained how the team believes that Cryocells is the perfect fit for the roster. With that, he confirmed what 100 Thieves’ CEO Nadeshot already said in September.

“We’re very excited regarding Cryo’s skillset,” said ddk.

“He’s a player that can instantly react and has a very high mechanical skill ceiling. We’re looking for that increased pace in that position, and I think that will allow us to do a lot more with the team.”

Besides praising Cryocells, 100 Thieves coaching staff also turned its attention to other members of the roster. He talked about bang, who ddk considered to be one of the best controller players in North America, praising his key role in the team, which helped 100T achieve a lot in 2022.

With a new roster formed, 100 Thieves can now focus on building on a fairly successful run through the 2022 season. Even though 100T haven’t won any major trophies, the roster has shown immense improvement towards the end of the season.

After a ninth-10th finish at VCT 2022: North America Stage 1 Challengers and a fairly disappointing showing in VCT 2022: North America Stage 2 Challengers (5th-6th), 100 Thieves found traction in just the right time to qualify for VALORANT Champions 2022.

With a superb performance in the LCQ, 100T swept the opposition and secured their tickets for the season-culminating event, where they came one map short of reaching the playoffs. So even though any major success eluded 100 Thieves last season, the current lineup holds a lot of promise, giving the organization hope they can establish themselves as one of the top NA Valorant teams in 2023.