vanity signs with Shopify Rebellion Valorant team after Cloud9 roster drop

Jeremy Gan
Vanity in Champions 2021 playing for cloud9

Anthony ‘Vanity’ Masapina has joined Shopify Rebellion’s Valorant team, playing in the NA Challengers circuit, after being dropped from Cloud9’s roster. 

Right after VCT LOCK//IN concluded, Cloud9 made an announcement that confused many commentators and players. They let go of their star pick up from the off season, Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker on March 2. Later on March 10, they dropped their long-time in-game leader, vanity.

Vanity had been with Cloud9 since August 2021 after being signed from Version1. Later that year, he led Cloud9 to the playoffs of VCT Champions 2021, an incredible run from the NA LCQ.

However, the future was left uncertain for both players after Cloud9 rebuilt their roster as most other franchise teams had already solidified their roster for the international leagues. 

Vanity confirms signing with Shopify Rebellion Valorant team

There hasn’t been much talk about where both players will go after getting dropped, but now we have confirmation that vanity has signed with Shopify Rebellion. 

Shopify has let go of their long time IGL Will “dazzLe” Loafman, and has put the IGL duty onto vanity for Split two of Challengers. Moreover, Travis “tdawgg” Regan has been signed on as an assistant coach.

The signing comes after a relatively disappointing first Split for Shopify. The team was pegged as favorites going into the Split, but they would go on to finish last in their group, going out 1-4 in matches. And the signing is meant to shake things up for Shopify.

“The results so far this year have not yet reached the bar we set for ourselves,” Shopify Rebellion said in a statement. “There is no singular blame to be placed and we all share accountability for the position we’ve put ourselves in.”

The NA Valorant Challengers Mid-Season Face Off is currently ongoing, which Shopify missed out on. Shopify will take part in the next Split with their updated roster.