Luminosity Gaming revealed that its Valorant roster has previous stand-ins: Diondre “YaBoiDre” Bond and Kaleb “moose” Jayne. “The contracts will also be extended by Alex “aproto” Protopapas, Brenden “stellar” McGrath and Brady “thief” Dever.
Since the NSG X Difficulty Invitational, which was held in early January, YaBoiDre and moose have been stand-ins for Luminosity. Luminosity has seen a drastic increase in its overall rankings since then. The two players have made it to both the Valorant Champions Tour closed qualifiers and defeated top-tier teams along the way.
The most notable success by Luminosity was their victory over Sentinels in game five at the NSG Winter Championship. They also kicked 100 Robbers down to the closed qualifier’s lower bracket.
This made it possible for YaBoiDre to get revenge on his former squad. In North America, Sentinels are currently ranked number one and, according to The Spike GG, 100 Thieves are ranked fourth overall.
Luminosity was unable to qualify for the Masters at the last qualifier, despite their victories over top teams. Within a few weeks, they will have to play through yet another closed qualifier.
Moose and YaBoiDre will eventually find their home in Luminosity Gaming.
So far in his valorant career, YaBoiDre has bounced around between four distinct teams. His first team was Highground. Then 100 thieves picked it up.
They attempted to rebound under the Highground name after the Highground guys were replaced, but finally dissolved in October of 2020.
YaBoiDre then made his way to the coast and failed to perform at the standard of other teams. He was picked up by Luminosity after being benched from the beastcoast in January.
Today wasn’t our day and we finish 5th-6th in the #VCT 2021: North America – Challengers 2. We will be back in 2 weeks for the #VALORANTChallengers 3 to qualify for Masters! #LGLOYAL pic.twitter.com/3Q86Er50AX
— Luminosity Gaming (@Luminosity) February 22, 2021
Moose was originally from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, where he played with eUnited. Then he joined Orgles5 as his entry to the competitive Valorant scene.
However, his time at Orgles5 was short; he was out after one of the tournaments. Moose sat a lot of 2020 on the sidelines for competitive Valorant until Luminosity Gaming picked him up alongside YaBoiDre in January.