The former 100Thieves Head coach is no longer associated with OpTic Gaming. Changes are coming.
Days after OpTic Gaming’s top three placement at VCT Masters Copenhagen, the team’s Valorant analyst, Jovanni “Jovi” Vera, has announced he is in search for a new home. As the team’s analyst Jovi played a crucial role in OpTic’s success.
As the best team in North America, OpTic has found repeated success on the international stage. The team won VCT Masters Reykjavik and followed it up with a top three placement at VCT Copenhagen. However, at Copenhagen, they fell to FunPlus Phoenix in the lower bracket finals, earning them a top three placement.
Jovi joined Valorant esports as 100Thieves Head coach. He was a professional player in Rainbow Six and joined 100Thieves as an analyst. After 100Thieves parted ways with Head Coach, Hector “FrosT” Rosario in November last year, they promoted Jovi to the Head coach position.
He joined OpTic Gaming earlier this year in May and was crucial to OpTic’s performance at Masters Reykjavik. OpTic, however, could not achieve their dream of winning back-to-back international tournaments in Valorant. . The 28-year-old’s short stint at OpTic, comes to an end after their Masters 2 performance. He has not yet announced his plans for the future although his cryptic tweet hints at a potential new org signing.
What’s next for OpTic?
OpTic Gaming has already qualified for Valorant Champions Berlin having secured some of the best performances this year. However, as they prepare to try to take the top Valorant event, they will do it without Jovi.
The NA-based org is yet to announce a replacement for Jovi. The team’s preparation for VCT Champions will be closely linked to their new announcement. As such fans are definitely eager to see who will replace Jovi on the team.
The Valorant esports circuit continues with the LCQ tournaments beginning next week. These events will see each region send one team to the Valorant Champions and is the last opportunity for several of the teams to compete on the highest platform for Valorant. Meanwhile, several orgs are waiting for their franchise application status. Valorant will move to a franchise model next year and we will have only a few of the organizations currently involved in Valorant stay on.
We will update this article when OpTic Gaming announces its new Valorant analyst.