According to authoritative insider George Geddes, the North American esports organization Cloud9 and sniper yay have agreed to part ways. Thus, the 24-year-old American will leave the team before the start of the VALORANT Champions Tour 2023: Americas League.
It is reported that the parties agreed to sign a document that terminates the esportsman's contract with the organization. Parting with yay is not related to the results, however, the sniper will not be part of the team at the next stage of the season.
yay made a name for himself as a member of Team Envy/ OpTic Gaming, winning the VALORANT Champions Tour 2022: Stage 1 Masters - Reykjavík with them, and finishing in the top three at the VALORANT Champions Tour 2021: North America Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs, VALORANT Champions Tour 2021: Stage 3 Masters - Berlin, VALORANT Champions Tour 2022: North America Stage 1 Challengers, VALORANT Champions Tour 2022: North America Stage 2 Challengers, VALORANT Champions Tour 2022: Stage 2 Masters - Copenhagen and VALORANT Champions 2022.
However, before the start of the new season, the 24-year-old American joined the Cloud9 team, with whom he reached the final of Red Bull Home Ground #3. However, the team failed to gain a foothold in the VALORANT Champions Tour 2023: LOCK//IN São Paulo, having been defeated by DRX (1:2) in the 1/8 finals of the championship.
As a potential replacement for yay, Marved, another former OpTic Gaming player, is named. Moreover, the Canadian never found a team before the start of the season, deciding to take a break from the competition. According to the source, Cloud9 will start testing potential newcomers next week. Moreover, according to George Geddes, the organization does not plan to make other changes, despite rumors about a possible parting with vanity.
The North American club is expected to make changes to their roster to increase their chances on the VALORANT Champions Tour 2023: Americas League. The championship will begin at the end of March and will offer participants three packages to the VALORANT Champions Tour 2023: Masters Tokyo.
Cloud9's current VALORANT roster:
- qpert (bench)
- mce (head coach)