LOUD's pai is staying. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)
The in-game leader had seen many ups and downs throughout his career, but achieved the highest level of success last year after taking home the 2022 Champions trophy alongside Felipe "Less" de Loyola and Erick "aspas" Santos.
Following the departures of Gustavo "Sacy" Rossi, Bryan "pANcada" Luna, and Head Coach Matheus "bzkA" Tarasconi, LOUD's roster ahead of 2023's LOCK//IN saw some change as Cauan "cauanzin" Pereira, Arthur "tuyz" Andrade, and Daniel "fRoD" Montaner were all onboarded. However, the team was still able to compete among the top levels of their peers, just barely missing out on a trophy at LOCK//IN after a failed reverse-sweep against FNATIC FNATIC Europe Rank #1 netted them second-place.
In a manner that mirrored last year's performance at Masters: Copenhagen, LOUD did not win a single matchup at Masters: Tokyo despite being seeded directly into playoffs thanks to the team's performance in the Americas League. LOUD suffered an upset at the hands of EDward Gaming EDward Gaming China Rank #1 in the opening match and were subsequently eliminated by eventual grand-finalists Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses North America Rank #1 in their next match.
Eager to claim yet another Champions trophy for Brazil, LOUD regained their footing in Group D against the likes of Team Liquid Team Liquid Europe Rank #5 and Natus Vincere Natus Vincere Europe Rank #6 following an early loss against DRX DRX Korea Rank #1 . After getting revenge on FNATIC in their opening match of playoffs, saadhak and the rest of LOUD were unable to close out their game against Paper Rex Paper Rex Asia-Pacific Rank #1 and were sent to the lower bracket to fight for survival.
Refusing to bomb out of playoffs early again, the team prevented another upset by EDward Gaming and dispatched of FNATIC in their first two matches of the lower bracket, but were sent home by the villains of Los Angeles in a heated five-map matchup against Evil Geniuses, placing third at their biggest international event of the year.
Shortly after, aspas announced that he would not be continuing with LOUD ahead of 2024, leaving the organization without a full roster. However, with saadhak renewing his contract, the mantle of in-game leader remains with the Argentenian for the foreseeable future.
- Matias "saadhak" Delipetro
- Felipe "Less" de Loyola
- Arthur "tuyz" Andrade
- Cauan "cauanzin" Pereira
- Daniel "fRoD" Montaner (Head coach)
- Jordan "stkJ" Nunes (Assistant coach)
Preview image courtesy of Riot Games/Colin Young-Wolff.