Zikz announced as 100 Thieves Valorant Head Coach after Evil Geniuses departure
Former Evil Geniuses assistant coach Tony ‘Zikz’ Gray has signed on to become 100 Thieves’ Valorant Head Coach for the VCT 2024 season.
After coaching CLG in League of Legends, leading the organization to back-to-back LCS championships in 2015 and 2016, followed by a stint at both TSM and 100 Thieves, Tony ‘Zikz’ Gray jumped ship to Valorant in 2022.
Considered to be one of the best strategic minds when it came to League of Legends, the championship-winning coach joined Evil Geniuses as their assistant coach.
Since then, the organization has taken the Valorant world by storm, becoming the first North American roster to win a Valorant World Championship — defeating Paper Rex 3–1 in the Valorant Champions 2023 finals in Los Angeles.
On September 8, Zikz announced on Twtter/X that he would be departing Evil Geniuses, and is looking to continue his journey and win another championship.
“Super thankful to have worked with this amazing group at EvilGeniuses,” he wrote. “There are countless memories that I will never forget for as long as I live.”
He added: “Love all of you and wish the best for you guys, but now I am onto my next journey to win another one.”
Zikz joins 100 Thieves as its Valorant head coach
Keen to get another trophy under his belt, it appears Zikz will be returning to complete the heist for 100 Thieves. The 30-year-old has signed on to rejoin the organization as their new head coach in Valorant, as first reported by Blix.gg.
While unable to secure 100 Thieves a trophy in League of Legends, Zikz will be aiming to bring home a championship in Valorant.
The announcement also specified that Michael ‘Mikes’ Hockom will move down to the assistant coach position after spending last season as the sole coach of the team. 100 Thieves has not yet revealed its full roster for the 2024 VCT season and still needs to fill one spot to field a complete roster. The team released Brenden ‘stellar’ McGrath and Derrek ‘Derrek’ Ha early on in the off-season and have not yet announced their replacements.