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Daps & s0m reportedly leaving CSGO to join Chet’s NRG Valorant team

Published: 30/Sep/2020 23:24 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 0:08

by Alan Bernal

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NRG Esports is reportedly creating a Valorant team made up of former and active Gen.G players Damien ‘daps’ Steele and Sam ‘s0m’ Oh to play under newly retired CS:GO coach ‘Chet’ Singh, according to Rush B Media.

NRG has contacted Chet, but is heavily looking to land both daps and s0m, per the report. This would signal daps and Chet’s return to the NRG side after a successful 2018-19 CS:GO campaign that amounted to first place finishes in ECS Season 6 and Intel Extreme Masters XIII Shanghai, among others.

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As for the 18-year-old s0m, he’s been on the CS:GO radar for years now and recently helped daps’ Gen.G take top placement at DreamHack Open Anaheim 2020 as well as ESL One Road to Rio NA.

It wasn’t long after that when daps started thinking about leaving the team, before finally announcing he would step down from Gen.G in early September, hinting a switch to Valorant.

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Daps and Chet, who went by ‘ImAPet’ at the time, could reunite with NRG for Valorant.

NRG are not only looking to pick-up the decorated NA IGL, but also the young talent that shined under his leadership to continue that synergy onto Riot’s emerging esport.

Like many CS:GO pros, s0m has been showing incredible prowess in Valorant on his off time. With Valve’s esport currently experiencing a rough transition to the online-only era, more pros have been looking for greener pastures on the Valorant-side of things.

Though it wasn’t previously believed that s0m, a centerpiece behind Hansel ‘BnTeT’ Ferdinand and Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta, would depart Gen.G.

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As sudden as a transfer would be, there’s no denying the instant framework he and his former teammate would bring to NRG’s project, should it come together.

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Daps and s0m could look to build on their success, but this time on NRG’s Valorant team led by Chet.

This report comes only two days after Chet officially retired from competitive CS:GO after leaving 100 Thieves, and was rumored to be switching to Valorant at the time.

With an IGL like daps and a young talent in s0m, Chet would already have primary components he needs to start building an instant top-to-bottom contender, like he’s done a few times in CS:GO with teams under the likes of NRG/Evil Geniuses, OpTic Gaming, and CLG.

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The power structure in North American Valorant has been settling with teams like Sentinels, Team SoloMid, and Cloud9 at the top. But NRG could soon enter the arena with a formidable squad, depending on how they build up their Valorant team.

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HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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