OpTic Gaming will test Jovi as an assistant coach

Former 100 Thieves VALORANTS Coach Jovanni “Jovi” Vera is on trial with OpTic Gaming for VCT Masters, he announced today.

Jovi will assist the OpTic team remotely while the main roster and head coach Chet Singh travel to Reykjavík, Iceland. VCT Masters, the first international VALORANTS event of the year, is scheduled to start on April 10 and end on April 24.

OpTic Gaming has been placed in Group B alongside XERXIA Esports, KRÜ Esports and Team Liquid, Riot Games revealed today.

The winner of Group B will qualify for the Playoff stage, with four teams directly invited. The Guard, Paper Rex, and LOUD earned automatic qualification to the Playoff Stage after winning the Challengers Stage One in their respective region. G2 qualified but they replaced FunPlus Phoenix, who won the VCT EMEA Stage One Challengers.

OpTic Gaming is the runner up for the North American Stage One Challengers, which ended on March 27. OpTic were beaten by The Guard in the Grand Final 3-2, but both teams qualified regardless of the end result.

Jovi’s former side 100 Thieves withdrew from Stage One Challengers in the group stage. 100 Thieves finished in fifth place in Group A, just ahead of Evil Geniuses. They finished the season with one win and four losses.

Jovi was then released by 100 Thieves alongside analyst David “Rocket” Spencer on March 22 and replaced by Sean “seangares” Gares and Michael “Mikes” Hockom as head coach and assistant respectively.

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Elna M. Lemons