There is a massive hole to fill for the team coming into the Valorant Champions Tour with Cloud9’s superstar Tyson “TenZ” Ngo stepping down from the roster. It is no small matter to replace TenZ, as the player carried the team to multiple top finishes and helped it qualify for many of the early tournaments in the competitive circuit of Valorant.
This shift is also on top of the recent acquisition of Nathan’s ‘leaf’ Orf of Counter Strike: Global Offensive fame by Cloud9. Currently, the roster is in a transitional period, looking for the best agents to fit the current lineup while also looking to find a replacement for one of the world’s most skilled players.
But who should look at Cloud9 Blue for a TenZ replacement?
Son “Xeta” Seon-ho AKA Sonny
Xeta, or Sonny as he has competed recently, is a former Cloud9 Blue Korea player who has retained his services in the Nerd Street Gamer’s Winter Championship as Cloud9 Blue competes. He’s currently playing with the team as a Korean stand-in, competing with over 200 ping at times in a professional tournament.
There has been no announcement of the status of Xeta with the North American squad, but he would not be a bad addition. On Cloud9 Korea, which finished in the top four in First Strike, he was a decent performer and was flexible in his agent choices. Xeta mainly played Sova and Omen, but exclusively played Breach during his run with Cloud9 Blue.
Xeta might not be a direct substitute for TenZ’s fragging prowess, but he could be a flexible piece that could fit into whatever the team wants its identity to transform.
Bryce “PureR” Lovell – TenZ
The direct replacement for TenZ stats would be PureR, the current duel player for XSET. He may never be able to, but he does not slack in the fragging department, as TenZ may have been able to achieve the status of best in the world. Through his three main agents: Jett, Reyna and Raze, he has a ratio of almost 1.20 KD. For those agents, PureR also has an ACS over 240 as well.
PureR, however, is slightly limited in its diversity of agents. Since July 2019, he has competed on an Ameture squad, his team was picked up in October by XSET, and the whole time he has not strayed from his three main agents.
Yannick “KOLER” Blanchette
In terms of replacing TenZ’s fragging and adding new flexibility to Cloud9’s roster, KOLER may be the best of both worlds. Since his departure from NRG at the start of the new year following his benching, he is also currently looking for opportunities.
At this point, KOLER is an established North American talent, competing with decent results individually across both teams for Immortals and NRG. Over his professional career, he has consistently played five different agents, but Brimstone, Cypher, and Phoenix have played the most matches.
For many teams, including Cloud9, who might want to join the Champions Tour in a new player, that flexibility across different agents and different classes of agents is intriguing.