Hiko Says the 100 Thieves Valorant Team Lacks Teamwork
What’s the most important thing in a team-based shooter? No, it’s not how quick you no-scope. It’s not your reaction times, or how many times you’ve won in a tournament. It’s teamwork. 100 Thieves is a team with many merit and talented players on their end, but their Valorant team is missing that one key ingredient – teamwork. That’s not our opinion (though we don’t disagree), but this is straight from Hiko on a recent stream.
Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork
The man himself spoke about what went wrong in the FaZe Clan Invitational, and perhaps the biggest thing their squad is missing is teamwork. You can’t win a game like Valorant or CSGO on your own in normal circumstances. Especially not against some of the best players in the world. The Valorant scene doesn’t even exist yet, so now is the second-best time to develop teamwork. The best time would have been before Invitationals began.
However, what’s interesting is that 100 Thieves didn’t even pick up a former CSGO team for their Valorant squad. Instead, they chose an ex-PUBG team. Sure, Team Highground can crush other squads in scrims, that isn’t what we’ve seen. Perhaps it’s just this writer’s opinion, but PUBG doesn’t seem like it’s a game that’s as heavy on teamwork as Valorant or CSGO, and it’s showing with the 100 Thieves squad. Sure, they have to communicate and work together. But in PUBG, you’re looking at so many other teams and players. If you see virtually anyone, they’re a threat, and you likely engage.
Valorant is a more closed in, focused, squad-based shooter. Plenty of people on social media don’t agree to have a PUBG team for Valorant instead of CSGO. It doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of overlap in the skillsets between the games, but not enough. However, Hiko pointed out that he had no say-so in who the team hired.
It’s been said he was promised freedom to pick his squad and run it, but that does not seem to be the case. Hiko has tried to smooth things over online, but it doesn’t seem to have worked. Perhaps the most interesting part of this story is that Hiko’s mother, Laura Martin, demanded that 100 Thieves change the roster. Sadly the tweet got deleted, but we imagine she stands by the sentiment.
Look, we want to see 100 Thieves succeed, and to do that, they direly need better teamwork. They got washed playing Immortals, 0-2. The team only has a 27% win rate right now, and are 1-10 presently. It’s disappointing. It’s said that Nadeshot will address his org’s disappointing performance in a video soon, so we’ll be keeping an eye open for that. We’d love to see 100 Thieves dominate, but the decision to pick a PUBG team to play a non-PUBG style game was a weird, poor decision. Perhaps it was a money thing, or the team promised something they couldn’t deliver on. Though we don’t know what went down, we’d love to see them turn this around. Or, barring that, a new squad willwork with Hiko.