The American esports organisation 100 Thieves has just signed Ethan “Ethan” Arnold as the newest member of their Valorant roster. The former professional CS:GO player came in as a replacement for dicey, who has now been benched.
The news came as quite a shock for fans of both games. Ethan, who was a member of the Evil Geniuses lineup, decided to not only switch organisations, but completely leave the CS:GO scene for Valorant. This left the fans devastated. On the other hand, dicey being benched from 100 Thieves main roster didn’t sit well with many of the fans, and a lot of confusion could be felt. Still, the general fan reaction was overwhelmingly positive.
Ethan continues his esports career in Valorant
Ethan moving from CS:GO to Valorant did come as a surprise, but nowadays we’re starting to see this trend quite often. Valorant is a new frontier with a lot of potential, so naturally many are considering swapping early just in case the game blows up in a year or two.
Welcome @ethanarnold to 100 Thieves VALORANT!
Ethan has been competing in CS:GO for the past five years, marking this his official debut in VALORANT. We’re excited to support his transition and can’t wait to see him compete with the team! #100T pic.twitter.com/BmuZYTJqos
— 100T Esports (@100T_Esports) February 28, 2021
His career so far in CS:GO has been impressive. He’s been actively playing since 2016 as a member of teams such as Counter Logic Gaming, NRG Esports, and most recently Evil Geniuses. With EG he won four major tournaments and made a name for himself as one of the best CS:GO players. Valorant is now a new chapter in his career, and he’ll definitely be looking to build upon the success he achieved so far.
The new 100 Thieves lineup
The 100 Thieves crew is one of the best teams in NA right now. They’ve come across a few hiccups in the first two rounds of Challengers, but they are still at the top of their game and will have an opportunity to demonstrate that in the Challengers 3 in just a few days.
The new 100 Thieves lineup looks absolutely amazing. Hiko and the boys have a lot of experience in CS:GO, so the synergy with Ethan is bound to be instant and effortless. We don’t know what position he’s gonna take, but in all likelihood it could be a second duelist to accompany Asuna. It’s interesting to imagine the sheer carnage these two will inflict on the enemy teams they face in the future.
Sadly, there seems to be no spot for dicey at this point, despite a good recent performance in the Challengers 2. He’s a great Jett player, but he lacks the experience in CS:GO, which could have played a role in this case.
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Can the team make it to Masters?
100 Thieves are definitely more than capable of qualifying for Masters. They already had a top notch team, and the addition of Ethan just raised it to a new level. They won’t have to worry about Sentinels since they’ve already qualified, but there’s still plenty of danger ahead. Luminosity beat them earlier, and it’s possible they’ll clash again in the Upper Bracket Final of the Valorant Champions Tour Challengers 3 if both teams make it up to that point. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how things pan out.
The current 100 Thieves roster:
- Spencer “Hiko” Martin
- Joshua “steel” Nissan
- Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella
- Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk
- Ethan “Ethan” Arnold
- Jonathan “Silenx” Huntington (Stand-in)