In the hours following Cloud9’s announcement that it’s parting methods with VALORANT celebrity Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker, the now-former C9 participant’s responses to the “mutual” determination appear to suggest that position points will not be the first motive behind the transfer.
In the official C9 announcement, proprietor Jack Etienne and head coach Matthew “mCe” Elmore stated that the group had been coping with position points lengthy earlier than mCe or yay arrived and that it might be in the most effective curiosity of each events to mutually half methods.
But yay’s official free company assertion suggests in any other case. Yay wrote “role issues were definitely the reason for me departing and the team/coach definitely agreed with me being removed,” however the consensus feeling towards this assertion is that yay is being sarcastic, one thing he’s demonstrated in press conferences and content material previously.
On prime of that assertion, he additionally replied to a tweet from former OpTic teammate crashies that stated “[C9] did you dirty” with the broadly used picture of soccer supervisor Jose Mourinho saying “If I speak I am in big trouble, and I don’t want to be in big trouble.” On prime of that, he preferred (and apparently retweeted then deleted) a tweet from caster Arten “Ballatw” Esa:
“You don’t bench the best player in the world from the year prior because of role issues, and you certainly don’t DROP them entirely letting them, become [an] unrestricted [free agent],” Balla wrote. “Somebody really really dropped the ball and screwed up here.”
Looking at responses on-line, the sensation from followers mirrors that of Balla’s, that no position points are excessive sufficient for a group to justify fully dropping a participant of yay’s caliber. There’s an opportunity that it may be due to monetary causes since many have speculated that yay was one of many highest-paid VALORANT gamers. With this potential excessive wage, it might imply that benching him would nonetheless price some huge cash, and it might additionally imply a excessive buyout value that different groups may need been unwilling to pay.
That’s to not say that C9 weren’t having position points, although. Leaf moved off the duelist position to make room for yay, and each Zellsis and Xeppaa play very comparable roles. But it seems to be like there’s loads of doubt that these had been the primary points behind the transfer.
Whether by report or straight from yay himself, extra particulars relating to his departure from C9 are more likely to floor sooner or later.