Media: Imperial reach agreement with noway
The 18-year-old prodigy is reported to be Imperial's permanent fifth member.
Imperial are set to sign Kaiky "noway" Santos, who will become the team's official fifth member after the conclusion of BLAST Premier Fall Showdown Americas, according to a report from Dust2.br. He will take the place of temporary stand-in Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles.
Jhonatan "JOTA" Willian was recently benched from Imperial's starting lineup after their disappointing showing at ESL Pro League, where they were eliminated after back-to-back losses to Apeks and 5yclone.
LUCAS1 was later announced as a stand-in for the team's upcoming BLAST Fall Showdown campaign, but should the report come to pass, noway will be the team's long-term fifth after the conclusion of the BLAST event.
The report mentioned that noway has stood in for Imperial during practices in the past, leading to public praise from Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo for his talent and potential, and that the young Brazilian had also been linked with a potential move to Fluxo.
noway is a well-known streamer in the Brazilian community, sporting more than 137,000 followers, and has featured in 11 HLTV-recorded maps since September 2022, playing with Seleção do bt0. The team lost every single series they played across a number of qualifiers and regional leagues, but noway racked up some impressive stats in that time, boasting a 1.17 rating and impressive 1.31 impact rating.
Should the report prove true, Imperial's lineup after BLAST Premier Fall Showdown would be:
Rafael "zakk" Fernandes (coach)