The man behind one of Valorant’s first and biggest memes is reportedly dead.
According to George Geddes of Dot Esports, the man behind the original “Revive me, Jett” video is dead. Lance Arcilla, who used the nickname “Finest” in his famous video, was just 21 years old at the time of his passing. The news spread across Facebook and was later confirmed by various outlets. As of this writing, the cause of death is uncertain.
Arcilla achieved viral status in 2020 among Valorant players after a match. He was playing in was posted on social media. The video sees him begging a teammate playing as Jett to revive him, which goes on for an extended period of time. Even as players on his team tell him that Jett can’t revive, he continues asking.
Little is known about Arcilla’s life beyond the fact that he was from the Philippines. Despite the relative mystery surrounding him, news of his passing was met with sadness throughout the Valorant fandom and esports scene.
Top Teams Pay Homage To The Player
Lance deserves all respect and memories, especially because he made a great memory for the Valorant community. The meme has only grown bigger and better since 2020. Team Secret, which fields one of the top Valorant teams in the Philippines, sent out its condolences on social media:
We would like to extend our condolences to friends and family of Lance "Finest" Arcilla, who recently passed away.
He made millions of us laugh with his iconic "JETT REVIVE ME" and will forever be a monument of Valorant PH games.
Paalam kaibigan 🖤 pic.twitter.com/iW5cn8NMm0
— Team Secret (@teamsecret) April 10, 2022
The video featuring Arcilla went viral quickly and remains popular to this day. The confusion between Arcilla’s Jett and his teammate Sage. The agent that heals, echoed the uncertainty for many players tackling the new game for the first time. The silly gameplay clip was then immortalized by Riot Games in several different ways. The biggest example is the “Revive me, Jett” spray that was available to players as part of the Valorant Episode 2 Act 2 Battle Pass in 2021. The battle pass paid homage to several memes both in and out of Valorant.
Many pro players and content creators are also passing condolences to Finest, and the Valorant community is in awe because of the shocking news. Twitter flourished with the memes of respect for him and thanking him for such a great memory. “Revive Me Jett” is still trending, it was seen in a tournament where all players were seen using the in-game sticker.
As of this writing, Riot Games has not yet paid homage to Arcilla’s passing but an acknowledgment will likely come in the future given his place in the game’s brief history.
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