Cloud9 has added a third Valorant roster to its organization as it signs all-female Valorant roster MAJKL.
The new side, which will be known as Valorant White, joins Valorant Blue and Valorant Korea. The roster is made up of Alexis “alexis” Guarrasi, Annie “Annie” Roberts, Jasmine “Jazzyk1ns” Manankil, “Katsumi”, and Melanie “meL” Capone. The new team will also be sponsored by AT&T as the roster’s official presenting partner. The roster is also the first all-women’s roster in Cloud9 history.
The roster first formed in June, and has since gone on to place 5th—8th in their first tournament, the Counter Logic Gaming — Blitz Open Cup. They firmly cemented their presence in the Valorant community in September, coming away with 1st place at the FTW Summer Showdown tournament, which was part of the VALORANT IGNITION SERIES. That win saw the team enter 6th place in the total competitive Valorant earnings to date.
Gaylen Malone, Senior General Manager of Cloud9, had this to say:
“What stood out to me about MAJKL is that they had to work hard to perfect their play, find each other, and then compete as a unit. They are a talented group of women who came together with the goal of being the best at the game and we’re committed to doing what it took to get there, and watching their improvement over just the past few months has been incredible. They displayed so many of the values we have here at C9, both within the game and out of it, and I’m beyond excited to be welcoming them to Cloud9.”
It won’t be long until we see the roster in action, either. With both Cloud9 White and Cloud9 Blue competing in the Riot Games hosted First Strike tournament, which starts on October 26.
A big step forward
It cannot be understated what a massive moment this is for both Valorant and female representation in esports. With Valorant being such a new title, Cloud9 White can set the tone for this new esports from the very start. Having more woman teams in esports is important for fans as well. Representation matters, we all want to see people that look like, sound like, or are from where we come from. A team like Cloud9 White can inspire and empower female fans, and that’s incredibly important.