Gen.G has long been a roster overshadowed by the other top teams in the region. But after sweeping 100 Thieves out of Valorant Masters, this talented squad is proving to the world that its just as dominant as anyone, if not more.
100 Thieves Disappoints with New Roster
100 Thieves’ performance on Ascent was one of the worst looks 100 Thieves has shown. Looking uncoordinated, no one was providing any utility for their teammates, and the team looked more like five solo queue players than the champions of First Strike North America.
It definitely felt like a lack of preparation hurt 100 Thieves, especially against a Gen.G squad which has consistently shown to be among the best teams when it comes to preparation. Joshua “Steel” Nissan bringing out the Operator on Catwalk seemed to be the team’s only strategy, and while he did look impressive with the sniper, Gen.G is just too coordinated of a team to be beaten by such one-dimensional play.
It’s obvious the transition from Quan “dicey” Tran to Ethan “Ethan” Arnold has hurt 100 Thieves; however, this was a move for the long run, not to win now. The individual talent of 100 Thieves remains visible: Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella has the ability to pop at any moment, Peter “Asnua”Mazuryk is still one of the most impactful players in the world, and Ethan himself has demonstrated superstar potential on the Omen.
100 Thieves is no longer the same team which won First Strike, but it’s not impossible to regain that form. Given a few more weeks of dedicated practice, 100 Thieves may very well give fans what they’re hoping for. But if the team continues to underperform in future events, there won’t be as much leeway given and many will be calling to sound the alarms.
The Underappreciated Talent of Gen.G
One of the original dominant rosters in Valorant (anyone remember French Candadians?), Gen.G took a back seat to the other top teams in mid-2020. But even then, when the team was significantly weaker than its current form, the individual talent shined through, as it did today.
Anthony “gMd” Guimond has always been an underappreciated, superstar rifler in North American Valorant, and today he put his talent on display for the world to see. Kenneth “koosta” Suen and Michael “MkaeL” De Luca have been as strong as rocks for Gen.G. Both are solid, all-around players who come up clutch when called upon.
While Tyson “TenZ” Ngo and Matthew “Wardell” Yu are hailed as the best Operator Jett players, those two are just the spotlight stealers. Danny “huynh” Hunyh has always been one of the most dangerous Jett players with an Operator in his hands, and today his OP tore through 100 Thieves.
Not to mention Shawn “Shawn” O’Riley, who seems to be getting better and better with every match. When Shawn first joined Gen.G, he seemed like a fragger with loads of potential, but he just didn’t have that X-factor which star duelists need. But since the arrival of coach Matthew “mCe” Elmore, Shawn has been unlocked, consistently being in the right position to pick up the impactful frags.
While the Gen.G players will deservedly be getting massive praise for their performance, it’s important to highlight the sheer impact coach mCe has had on the team.
Gen.G has been unlocked through utility coordination, which we just didn’t see in 2020. While past versions of Gen.G have shown tremendous promise, mCe has translated said promise into tangible results.
No matter who it plays, Gen.G always seems to come to the match prepared and with a great read on the enemy. Today against 100 Thieves was no different. The preparation diff was real, as Gen.G outplayed 100 Thieves with superior coordination and macro play. Shawn has also been unlocked since mCe’s arrival, which has been so significant in Gen.G’s rise.
While 100 Thieves will pack up and head on home, Gen.G moves on to face the winner of Envy vs. Luminosity. That matchup will open up the slate on Saturday and will be streamed live on Twitch and Youtube.