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100 Thieves enter Valorant with Hiko as captain

Published: 4/Jun/2020 19:25

by Alan Bernal

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Counter-Strike legend Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin has officially signed as the team captain for 100 Thieves’ Valorant team on June 4 and will be building a team to compete in the newly-forming esport.

The arms race for talent is heating up as orgs are vying to lock down strong Valorant prospects. Teams like T1, Cloud9, Sentinels, Gen.G, and more have made moves to get ahead of the curve for when the competitive scene takes off.

Hiko was approached by teams looking to create or bolster their rosters, but decided to sign with 100 Thieves, who are going to start crafting a Valorant lineup around the longtime pro.

“100 Thieves is an organization that I have looked up to for a long time,” Hiko said in the announcement. “After having talked to the management and the actual people I’ll be working with, their goals and my goals really aligned. Almost to a tee.”

Both are eager to put together a competitive team in the near future as he’s already been playing and trying out possible prospects for the squad.

So far, Hiko is the only professional Valorant player on the 100T roster, but he expects that to change soon as the organization looks to bring in more teammates in the coming months.

The Breach player will be looking for complementary pieces whose goals will align with his new team.

The American native brings years of not only lifting trophies in CS and showing off inhuman reactions but also fostering younger talents while still competing at high levels.

“People ask me about going pro at the age of 30,” Hiko said. “I think it’s daunting for me to compete against people literally half my age. It’s a little scary, it makes me a little nervous. I think my goal, my plan, and my aspiration is to be the best team.”

Along with the announcement, Hiko officially announced his retirement from professional Counter-Strike as he is now going to focus his entire efforts on the new esport.

Due to the global health crisis, he is going to put off traveling to his new organization in Southern California but is eager to join up with them at the luxurious 100T Headquarters soon.

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Team Tommey wins $20K Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tourney: Final results

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:25 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 1:36

by Jacob Hale

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Totino’s was the latest to host a massive esports event with $20,000 on the line in one of the first proper  Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournaments, one that featured top pro players and some of the most popular streamers.

Over the years, we’ve seen the frozen pizza brand host tournaments in multiple games as well as form sponsorships with the likes of 100 Thieves, who recently entered the Call of Duty League with the LA Thieves.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War out and players starting to really get to grips with the game, they teamed up with a number of top names in Call of Duty, including the Minnesota RØKKR CDL team, to put on a show for fans. Here’s everything you need to catch up on the event.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl recap

With a single-elimination bracket, teams only had one life to prove themselves with. As a result, four teams were immediately knocked out from the first round with no chance at redemption. Nameless, Swagg, Hitch, and Symfuhny all crashed out of the competition early on with their teams taken down right away.

While Tommey’s team advanced through to the grand final, they met a dominant force in the last series of the day. TeeP and his stacked squad refused to drop a map throughout the day. They came away with 3-0 wins over Symfuhny and Crowder to land in the finals.

The opening Hardpoint on Moscow came down to the wire with TeeP’s team narrowly edging it out. However, the next SnD on Miami was the polar opposite. Tommey’s team struck back with an insane 6-0 performance to tie things up. From here on out, their team kept the momentum rolling and closed out the grand final victory.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl results

Black Ops Brawl event
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The final bracket for Totino’s Black Ops Brawl.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl stream & schedule

The Totino’s Black Ops Brawl was a four-hour event that took place on Tuesday, November 24.

The show kicked off at 3pm ET (12pm PT/8pm GMT) live from Totino’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for you to easily rewatch.

It was hosted by Call of Duty League casters Joe ‘Merk’ Deluca and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with $20,000 on the line for competing teams.

Who played in the Black Ops Brawl event?

From the most accomplished pro players to the most popular streamers, plenty of big names got involved in this $20k competition. If you’ve been following Cold War events since launch, all of the familiar faces turned out for this one as well. Simp, Tommey, Shotzzy, and Symfuhny were just a handful of names that got involved. Below is a full overview of the captains for the Black Ops Brawl tournament.

  • Symfuhny
  • Swagg
  • Tommey
  • Censor
  • Crowder
  • Hitch
  • Nameless
  • TeePee
Totino's Black Ops Brawl casters Merk and Maven
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Merk and Maven hosted the Black Ops Brawl.

Format and prize pool

Eight teams were lined up for the start of the event as the single-elimination bracket got underway. One series loss was all anyone could afford. In total, the winning team had to get through three consecutive best of three matchups against the top challengers.

As for the prize pool, there was $20,000 on the line, with $15,000 going directly to the winning team and the remaining $5,000 going to the team that finished in second place.