Coaching ‘Vibey’ 100 Thieves Valorant, Sean Gares Finds Personal Growth

Sean Gares, head coach of 100 Thieves Valorant, is accustomed to the roller-coaster emotional ride that is esports.

Gares has accumulated nearly two decades of tactical FPS experience as a professional player and broadcast analyst. This radiant knowledge indeed came in handy during 100T’s stunning 2-1 victory over FaZe Clan to open the 2022 Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) Stage 2: Challengers NA Playoffs.

After the game, Gareth spoke to DBLTAP about how he has adjusted to his role in the 100 Thieves.

‘I really like the atmosphere on this team,’ Gares said. ‘It’s different from any team I’ve ever been a part of, and we don’t always get along with each other very well. But that doesn’t mean we don’t like each other, including me. ….. .esports people are socially immature.

But this team does an excellent job of staying positive, communicating in the right way that they are upset, and responding correctly to any negativity. That, in my eyes, is one of the craziest things about this team.”

Despite trailing 9-3 at halftime in all three games, the resilience that Gareth’s team showed Thursday night will probably provide the perfect calm when looking back at the organization’s rough start.

100 Thieves Valorant is known to have gone through a mind-boggling personnel shakeup, from its big run at Stage 3 Masters Berlin to announcing a reorganization on March 22.

In particular, Spencer “Hiko” Martin and Ethan Arnold departed, and Peter “Asuna” Mazurek joined Derrek Ha, William “Will” Cheng, Brenden “stellar” McGrath, and former rental Sean “bang.” Together with Bezerra, they will form a new core.

With 100T’s Barolant confirmed, Gareth’s first focus as head coach was his personal goal of “teaching the players the right way. That is, to make both practices and games a “fun” environment.

Said Gareth, “As an in-game leader and coach, I was definitely not positive and optimistic.” Gareth said. ‘I was definitely more demanding with my players. So I tried to learn a communication style to bring to this.”

Aside from being open to everyone’s ideas at 100 Thieves, Gares believes the most significant change in his coaching approach is a little more teamwork in his in-game shot calling.

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