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On Monday 100 Thieves announced the signing of 15 year-old top laner Rayan “General Sniper” Shoura to its amateur team, 100 Thieves Next. Upcomer’s sources confirmed that multiple orgs within the League of Legends Championship Series were interested in signing the young player. General Sniper turned 15 on Nov. 10, 2021.

With this move, one of the hottest prospects in the North American League of Legends amateur scene will be playing for one of the region’s leading developmental organizations.

General Sniper, the prodigy

Frequenters of the League of Legends subreddit may already be familiar with the young top laner, who also happens to the younger brother of Immortals Academy top laner Omran “V1per” Shoura and a Riven main himself. General Sniper first hit Challenger at the age of 12, has achieved Rank 1 on the solo queue ladder multiple times (as recently as Jul. 2021) and recently broke the record for highest LP earned on the North American server with a peak of 1901 LP.

In Sept. 2020, when he was only 13 years-old, General Sniper won Twitch Rivals while playing alongside and against a mix of some of North America’s best high Elo players, streamers and content creators.

100 Thieves General Manager Chris “PapaSmithy” Smith chimed in on social media to voice his excitement about the pickup.

“It is no exaggeration for me to say that bringing General Sniper into 100T was my number one priority for our League of Legends program this offseason,” he said. “Sniper is an intelligent, driven young man who is cracked at League of Legends— we 100T fans are in for a ride watching him develop!”

In Nov. 2020, Cloud9 signed General Sniper to a streaming contract when he was only 14, but was forced to terminate the agreement only two hours after the announcement due to age restriction rules for orgs competing in the LCS.

100 Thieves recently announced that the org will retain the entirety of its championship LCS roster from the 2021 summer season with the addition of former 100 Thieves Academy top laner Milan “Tenacity” Oleksij.