Bleed Esports' star player, Jaccob “Yay” Whiteaker, one of the most formidable duelists in the region, has withdrawn from the ONE Pro Invitational.
Bless Esports, Southeast Asia's top-seeded VALORANT team, has suffered a devastating setback just days before their highly anticipated debut at the inaugural ONE Pro Invitational.
Bleed Esports is the 11th team in the upcoming Valorant Pacific League in 2024. They claimed the 11th spot by winning the VCT Pacific Ascension tournament in 2023.
Bless Esports, Southeast Asia's top-seeded VALORANT team, has suffered a devastating setback just days before their highly anticipated debut at the inaugural ONE Pro Invitational. Star player Jaccob “Yay” Whiteaker, one of the most formidable duelists in the region, has withdrawn from the tournament. This has resulted in quite a few discussions on the situation across all social media platforms. Bleed Esports has released a press statement talking about the situation. Here's a look at why the change occurred and who will be the 5th player on their roster for this event.
Why Is Yay Not Playing With Bleed Esports In The Upcoming Valorant One Invitational?
Jaccob “Yay” Whiteaker has been touted as one of the best players in the world in Valorant at his prime. Known for his mechanical aim in the game while playing agents like Chamber and Jett, he provides a massive damage output in each round. Bleed Esports is the 11th team in the upcoming Valorant Pacific League in 2024. They claimed the 11th spot by winning the VCT Pacific Ascension tournament in 2023. Due to joining the new league, they went all guns blazing and signed Yay to their roster. The Upcoming ONE Pro Invitational was set to be the first time fans of Valorant esports would see this team play as a unit.
In a post on Twitter/X, Bleed Esports stated the following reason for Yay not being present at the tournament:
“It is with regret that we announce our beloved player, Jaccob "Yay" Whiteaker, will not be able to participate in the upcoming VALORANT tournament, Riot Games ONE PRO INVITATIONAL 2023, due to unforeseen health-related issues. He deeply appreciates the unwavering support and kindly asks for everyone's understanding during this challenging time. We kindly request that all fans send their best wishes and good vibes for his speedy recovery. Your support means everything to him and the team."
Bleed Esports Also commented on who will be replacing Yay as the 5th man on the roster for this event:
"In light of Yay's absence, we have decided to have our team coach, Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninić, step into the role for the tournament. LEGIJA brings unparalleled expertise and a deep understanding of the game, ensuring that our team competes at its highest level."
Finally, this is what Jaccob “Yay” Whiteaker had to say to his fans in relation to being absent from the event
"I'm sorry that I'm unable to attend this event. I know a lot of you were looking forward to me and the feeling is mutual. Japan has always held a place in my heart and it's my #1 place to go to in the future. I hope you still will give the same love that you've given me to my team at Riot Games ONE"
With the absence of Yay, the question remains, who is the primary duelist for Bleed Esports? Only time will tell how they adapt and perform in the upcoming event without their star player.
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