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100 Thieves’ competitive Valorant team captain Spencer “Hiko” Martin has finally spoken out about the team’s struggles. On stream, Hiko took the time to address their latest performance at the FaZe Clan Valorant Invitational. He explained to his stream that the team lacked teamwork, which is an essential part of becoming successful in Valorant. He also acknowledged how frustrating it can be for the team to throw winnable situations.
There has been much speculation around the 100 Thieves’ Valorant roster after they signed an ex-PUBG professional team for Valorant. When Hiko was first signed as team captain, fans were under the impression that he would have complete control over making the roster. However, a few weeks after announcing Hiko’s signing, 100 Thieves revealed the rest of the roster.
With Valorant’s many similarities to CSGO, fans were hoping for a roster of ex-CSGO professionals. Instead, the team was comprised of members from Team Highground, a team known to dominate in scrims. Unfortunately, the team wasn’t at all what the community expected when PUBG players filled the roster. Fans flocked to social media to express their distaste for how the team was formed and questioned Hiko’s involvement. Issues only continued to arise when Hiko explained that he had no say in who was signed to the team.
Since then, the Valorant roster has received an enormous amount of hate due to Hiko’s lack of involvement. Many have said that he was robbed of a chance to have complete freedom as he was supposedly promised. Even after Hiko attempted to smooth things out on the 100 Thieves subreddit, things continued to sour.
Hiko’s mom calls for changes
In a tweet that has since been deleted, Hiko’s mom Laura Martin demanded 100 Thieves make changes to the roster. The tweet came in response to her son’s tweet about losing 0-2 to Immortals during the FaZe Clan Valorant Invitational. She, like many other 100 Thieves fans, wants to see the Valorant roster succeed and expects changes to come. After the initial tweet, 100 Thieves would then lose 1-2 to FaZe Clan in the lower bracket and bow out of the tournament.
Overall, 100 Thieves only has a 27% win rate with their current roster and has only won one of their last ten matches. The team’s highest placement this year was at the T1 x NSG Showdown, where they finished 5th/6th but took home no prize money. 100 Thieves CEO Nadeshot addressed the entire organization’s lackluster esports scene and promised to make an official video on the topic soon.
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Danny Appleford is an esports journalist for Upcomer that started writing for Daily Esports in 2020. He now specializes in articles surrounding League of Legends, Call of Duty, VALORANT and Halo.