After competing in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for over five years, Ethan will now make the switch to Valorant. The 20-year-old splits after three years with the same roster, which competed as NRG Esports until 2019.
With the team, he won a variety of tournaments including IEM Shanghai 2018, ESL One New York 2019, and the Blast Premier 2020 America Spring Finals. Evil Geniuses have been boot camping in Europe since the start of the year, but their results have been disappointing. Most recently, the team was eliminated in ninth-place at IEM Katowice 2021 alongside three other teams.
Ethan’s departure now gives Evil Geniuses an opportunity to make some much-needed changes. At the time of writing, a replacement has not been announced. Evil Geniuses is left with the following players on its CSGO roster:
Thank you @ethanarnold.
— Evil Geniuses (@EvilGeniuses) February 28, 2021
In an official statement, Ethan expressed his gratitude for the memories he was able to make while competing in CSGO. He will now be transitioning into Valorant and joining 100 Thieves.
“I will be leaving CS and officially moving over to Valorant starting today. I’ve met many people through CS that I can now call friends and I’m extremely grateful for that. The one thing I ask is [that] if you’ve supported me this long, you follow me into the next chapter of my career and I promise I will not let you down” he says, adding “I’m excited about this new challenge and I can’t wait to give it my all over at 100 Thieves.”
With 100 Thieves, Ethan will replace Quan “dicey” Tran. His new teammates are familiar names for the rifler, as he joins former CSGO pros Spencer “Hiko” Martin, Nicholas “nitr0” Canella, and Joshua “steel” Nissan. The lineup is rounded out by Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk.
Ethan will make his official debut in just a couple of days, as 100 Thieves will compete in the Valorant Champions Tour. The event will kick off on March 4th and will see 100 Thieves compete against some of North America’s top squads.
With the addition of Ethan, 100 Thieves’ Valorant roster stands as follows:
Welcome @ethanarnold to 100 Thieves VALORANT!
Ethan has been competing in CS:GO for the past five years, marking this his official debut in VALORANT. We’re excited to support his transition and can’t wait to see him compete with the team! #100T pic.twitter.com/BmuZYTJqos
— 100T Esports (@100T_Esports) February 28, 2021