June 27, 2022

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For Ethan, becoming a member of NRG Valorant brings a way of nostalgia

Ethan ‘Ethan’ Arnold has moved on from 100 Thieves after a yr with the group and joined one other high North American VALORANT squad in NRG. His new squad just lately certified for the VCT Stage 2 Challengers. 

In NRG’s match towards Knights within the VCT Stage 2 Challengers qualifying match, their latest signing shined in one of many few blowout map wins that they managed to seek out.

Ethan, on considered one of his consolation brokers in Skye, averaged one kill a spherical on the attacking aspect on Bind and helped NRG transfer on within the bracket with a 13-2 win over the Pittsburgh-based group.

Simply over every week and a half earlier, Ethan was one of many final long-standing members on a struggling 100 Thieves squad that was due for roster adjustments. He joined NRG simply earlier than the VCT’s roster lock after contemplating the gives he had on the desk.

What swayed his resolution and made him rejoin the org by which he rose to prominence throughout his Counter-Strike days is what largely led to NRG’s qualification for the second stage of Valorant Challengers: chemistry and familiarity.

“These video games require persistence to win truthfully and everybody pitches in, everybody’s tremendous into it on a regular basis, nobody’s actually dropping focus,” Ethan mentioned in an interview with Dexerto. “So it’s positively promising.”

Whereas not one of the gamers are the identical as when he was with the org in 2018, he has crossed paths with a lot of his teammates earlier than and has a familiarity with the model and higher administration.

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He even performed together with his new coach, Josh ‘JoshRT’ Lee, early on in his Counter-Strike profession.

“It’s good to be again,” the previous 100 Thieves participant mentioned. “Positively type of nostalgic.”

NRG’s qualifying run

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Ethan final noticed worldwide LAN competitors at Masters Berlin in 2021.

To the untrained eye, NRG’s run to make the North American VCT major occasion appeared like a simple path. Whereas they swept Knights and Version1, two different groups that had been in the principle occasion in Stage 1, the maps themselves went the gap and featured a number of 13-11 scorelines.

The distinction in these matches, in keeping with Ethan, was the chemistry he has constructed up with the crew and their plan for the occasion.

“On a very good crew, everybody is aware of easy methods to be a very good teammate, however you’re not all the time going to get that from the precise particular person… However the final time I had this was, mockingly, again on NRG after I first joined in CS. They remind me a whole lot of that so it’s type of humorous,” Ethan mentioned.

The best way the crew gels may also be seen in a number of the crew’s statistics within the match. The squad had one of many highest retake success charges within the match, successful by retaking the positioning in 27 p.c of their defensive rounds, in keeping with Matt Liu, a Twitter person who compiles skilled Valorant statistics.

“I feel if everyone seems to be type of on the identical web page, if everybody is aware of what they’re doing, retakes are tremendous straightforward and tremendous easy,” Ethan mentioned.

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Ethan on his future with NRG in Valorant

NRG have nowhere to go however up in Valorant for the time being. In Stage 1, the crew positioned fifth of their Challengers group, only one win shy of creating the playoffs, however they had been largely thought-about one of many higher squads within the competitors.

Becoming a member of this particular squad was much less about making it again into VCT Challengers than it was about discovering a squad to develop with, in keeping with Ethan.

With this new roster, NRG can enhance on their earlier efficiency, make a push for playoffs and probably attain an offline occasion. A visit to a LAN match is one thing that Ethan mentioned he desires to expertise once more after he attended VCT 2021 Stage 3 Masters Berlin.

Ethan celebrates a round win at Masters Berlin
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Ethan first joined 100 Thieves in February 2021 from Evil Geniuses’ CSGO crew.

“No person on my crew has been to a Valorant LAN but, so I need to additionally do it for them,” Ethan mentioned.

“Clearly for me as properly, as a result of I like successful, however I’d wish to share the expertise with as many individuals as I can.”

Becoming a member of him on this journey is Anthony ‘Zikz’ Grey, a former League of Legends coach who guided CLG and 100 Thieves, amongst different groups, and a well-known face for Ethan.

The 2 crossed paths on CLG and 100 Thieves, with Ethan spending a while together with his new brother in arms on the 100 Thieves compound in 2021.

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In keeping with Ethan, Zikz has been greater than as much as the duty in his new position and has introduced a contemporary perspective to the sport.

“For those who get 5 different gamers in a server collectively, they’re all going to have a reasonably comparable mindset, possibly,” he mentioned.

“However in case you get an individual from, let’s say League of Legends, who additionally has a bit of bit expertise within the recreation itself, that’s like a complete different expertise with gamers and all the pieces that you simply get to see. So it’s tremendous useful.”

However whereas gelling together with his new teammates and linking up with acquainted faces has given Ethan a nostalgic and hopeful feeling, this new chapter for the previous 100 Thieves participant is all in regards to the thrill of the sport.

“I type of simply see it as a brand new mission and truthfully proper now, from expertise, I do know having enjoyable with it’s actually crucial factor,” he mentioned.