A Promising VCT 2023 Season with Disappointing Outcome

After qualifying for Valorant Champions 2022 and placing in the top eight of the VCT LOCK//IN, 100 Thieves appeared to have a bright season, but their campaign ended in July with little to celebrate. Going into the 2023 VCT season, fans and commentators had great hopes for 100 Thieves. In the middle of 2022, the team’s roster underwent a significant change with a focus on young, talented players who could be shaped to fit the goals of the new general manager and coach.

Brenden “Stellar” McGrath’s team earned a spot in the Valorant Champions 2022. Young sniper prodigy Matthew ‘Cryocells’ Panganiban, who was chosen over Jaccob ‘Yay’ Whiteaker, helped 100 Thieves bolster their squad for the upcoming 2023 season. At VCT LOCK//IN, where they reached the quarterfinals before falling to the eventual champions, Fnatic, the squad displayed glimpses of its promise. However, this promise was only partially realized. After losing their final game to a MIBR team with a coach, 100 Thieves could not advance to the VCT Americas playoffs. Sentinels defeated them in the opening round of the league’s LCQ competition.

Every member of 100 Thieves released a nearly similar apology following their LCQ defeat. IN A POST-MATCH INTERVIEW, the IGL said that Stellar received supportive letters from friends and family that affected him.  “I cry when my parents say they’re still proud of me. I had a hard time reading some of it,” he admitted. Stellar acknowledged that the loss itself wasn’t painful at the time because he has experienced difficult losses previously. He did, however, warn that hae will undoubtedly experience a surge of emotions in the coming days.

The VCT season for 100 Thieves ends in July

The season he was moved quickly for Mikes—almost too quickly. He expressed sadness over the team’s disappointing season and acknowledged that there were numerous things that, as a coach, he should have picked up on sooner.

Mikes remarked, “I know how brilliant these players are, and it’s frustrating to watch teams like these having difficult seasons. “The number of games will significantly assist in the coming season because you struggle with that. Even though I’m a very young player, playing alongside newer and younger players can be challenging because there are few opportunities to acclimatize.

For most of the VCT Americas split, Mikes, who is only 24 years old, coached 100 Thieves himself. James ‘JamezIRL’ Macaulay helped him for a while, but the former Cloud9 coach quit after the first week of the season in April. Mike received assistance from OREsports coach Erik ‘Vapen’ Sutton for the LCQ competition. It confirmed his belief that today’s valiant coaches require a partner with whom to divide the job.

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