VALORANT: 100Thieves sign “nitr0”, release four former PUBG players

100Thieves entered the VALORANT scene with high-expectations thanks to their signing of Spencer “Hiko” Martin. Today, the team announced their signing of coveted free agent Nick “nitr0” Canella.

Recently, it became clear that a change was on the horizon for the 100Thieves VALORANT roster. Considering that the original roster announcement didn’t go over too well with fans, and possibly their own captain Spencer “Hiko” Martin, it’s apparent that a series of disappointing event outings had begun to mount the pressure for 100Thieves to make a change.

Today, 100Thieves have announced their signing of former Team Liquid CS:GO in-game leader, Nick “nitr0” Canella. Just days after a report stated “nitr0” had every intention of competing in VALORANT and that various organizations had reached out, 100Thieves makes a splash with the signing of a household name for any North American Counter-Strike fan.

Additionally, the team has decided to release Zachary “Venerated” Roach, Keane “Valliate” Alonso, Alfred “Pride” Choi, and Diondre “YaBoiDre” Bond – all of which played PUBG professionally prior to their migration over to VALORANT.

100Thieves VALORANT roster is now:
  • Spencer “Hiko” Martin
  • Nick “nitr0” Canella

100Thieves drew considerable backlash from their fans and the community after surrounding their star player and Team Captain with four players from a completely different style of esport. Immediately following the announcement of the 100Thieves roster, a clip of “Hiko” circulated social media of him explaining that he didn’t exactly pick the roster.

“Well, actually 100Thieves ultimately made the decision. I know they said that I was going to be the Team Captain, but yeah, it was kind of 100Thieves’ call.” – Spencer “Hiko” Martin

Those comments were clipped and made into a bigger deal than he intended, which he later clarified in a post to Reddit. Nevertheless, it established a strange feeling around this roster immediately off the jump.

100Thieves is now searching for three players to round out their roster, which could mean player signings from lower-tier organizations or a trio of Free Agents. Currently, the team isn’t scheduled to compete in any upcoming tournaments, but it would be great to see their return and debut in the final North American Ignition Series event, Pop Flash, starting August 26th.