yay to leave Cloud9 Valorant after just five months, according to report

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Cloud9 and Jaccob ‘yay’ Whiteaker have mutually parted ways, according to Dot Esports, after multiple previous reports had said the star player could be on his way out of the team.

Cloud9 and yay have agreed to mutually part ways, according to a report from Dot Esports, a decision that was not performance-based. During his brief tenure with the tema, Cloud9 placed second at Red Bull Home Ground and were eliminated from VCT LOCK//IN in the second round of competition.

yay was on the North American organization’s books for just five months.

Cloud9 and yay part ways after less than six months together

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yay signed with Cloud9 after a successful 2022 with OpTic Gaming.

Conflicting reports started to come in on February 23 about yay’s future. While independent reporter Max Katz said that the player was on his way out of the team, Dot Esports said that a decision had not been made, though the squad was indeed considering roster changes.

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Dot Esports adds that one player on Cloud9’s shortlist is yay’s former teammate Jimmy ‘Marved’ Nguyen, who is expected to try out with the team.

yay signed with Cloud9 in October 2022 along with Jordan ‘Zellsis’ Montemurro and head coach Matthew ‘mCe’ Elmore. The move branded Cloud9 as a super team and increased expectations surrounding the squad.

The mid-season transfer window for VCT teams begins after VCT LOCK//IN concludes and would presumably be when teams try to vie for yay’s services. While with OpTic Gaming, yay placed top three at every VCT international event in 2022 and was one of the most sought-after free agents in the offseason.

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Cloud9 are one of the five North American organizations that will compete in the VCT Americas league, which is scheduled to start on March 26.

Cloud9 Valorant roster:

  • Nathan ‘leaf’ Orf
  • Erick ‘Xeppaa’ Bach
  • Anthony ‘vanity’ Malaspina
  • Jordan ‘Zellsis’ Montemurro
  • Mateja ‘qpert’ Mijovic (substitute)

Keep up to date with all the transfer activity in the Valorant scene with our mid-season live tracker.