In December 2021, Acend made history at VALORANT Champions. They emerged as unlikely victors, becoming the first world champions in their esports. But none of this would have been possible without their star player: Mehmet Yağız ‘cNed’ İpek.
The Turkish talent exploded onto the VALORANT scene in 2020, transforming himself from a complete unknown into one of the game’s most popular players.
And while 2021 also had its low points for the flashy Jett Main, cNed ended the year with a monumental performance. Now he’s ready for more.
This is the rise of cNed.
Who is cNed?
Before cNed took VALORANT by storm, cNed’s roots in competitive gaming came primarily through two titles – Counter Strike: Global Offensive, like many of its current peers, and something called Zula, a Turkish-developed FPS title that’s eerily like looks like a cross between CS:GO and Call of Duty. And with Zula, cNed began gaining competitive experience in 2019.
But when the VALORANT beta was released in April 2020, cNed immediately brought his skills to Riot Game’s new FPS title. It didn’t take long for cNed to make a name for themselves as someone to watch.
CNed has been signed to BBL Esports, an Istanbul-based organization. His time with the team was short but it opened the door for him to join nolpenki at the end of September 2020. They were a team of European players who quickly became one of the top unsigned squads in the region by qualifying for First Strike.
Witness the rise of cNed by watching the video above or walking Upcomer’s YouTube channel.
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