With confirmation via Twitter, 100 Thieves has revealed their starting roster for the VALORANT Champions Tour 2023 season. After signing big-name free agent Matthew “Cryocells” Panganiban, the team is keeping the rest of the 2022 roster into 2023. Aside from Michael “Mikes” Hockom’s promotion from assistant to head coach, the team remains relatively similar from their 2022 season.
Expect the unexpected. #100T
Meet our VCT 2023 VALORANT roster. pic.twitter.com/UrMq0ZER9Z
— 100 Thieves Esports (@100T_Esports) October 24, 2022
The 2023 100T roster is a familiar one
Unlike most other teams across all leagues for VCT 2023, the franchising announcement hasn’t led to many changes in the 100 Thieves camp. Their core roster that won the 2022 NA Last Chance Qualifiers remains mostly intact, with one big new addition. Here is the 100 Thieves roster for VCT 2023:
- Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk
- Derrek “Derrek” Ha
- Brenden “stellar” McGrath
- Matthew “Cryocells” Panganiban
- Sean “bang” Bezerra
Former head coach Sean “sgares” Gares left the organization, with Mikes getting the promotion to fill in that role.
What these changes mean for 100 Thieves
The biggest change in the roster is also the only one: replacing duelist William “Will” Cheng with Cryocells. Both of them were known for their moments of brilliance, but Cryocells was more consistent over the season and helped lead his former team, XSET, to a 5th-6th place finish at Champions 2022.
As for the returning players, each showed off how great they were with their NA LCQ run in 2022. Despite a poor start to the season and a team re-tool, 100 Thieves bounced back at the end. With teams like OpTic Gaming and XSET not able to secure their spots in franchising, all their top-tier players were looking to join other squads. While Cryocells joined 100 Thieves early on in the off-season, his old teammate Zachary “zekken” Patrone joined Sentinels. Not too long after, one of the best duelists in the world Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker joined Cloud9. Those moves, along with the remaining free agents, gave 100 Thieves the opportunity to re-tool their core significantly, but it seems that the team is confident with the roster that helped get them to Champions last season.
Now, the question we will see answered over the 2023 season is if 100 Thieves can perform as they did at the 2022 NA LCQ and Champions 2022. On paper, Cryocells is an improvement; keeping the team cohesion the same otherwise might be a decision that pays off. A lot of their competition, from Cloud9 to Sentinels, made significant roster changes due to the free-agent market. So, we’ll see if Mikes and his roster can make strides in the Americas league of VCT 2023.