Today we announce a new beginning for our Valorant squad, bringing in two new players in Emir "rhyme" Muminovic and Niels "luckeRRR" Jasiek, while actively starting our search for a Head Coach and our last 3 missing pieces to the team. That means we’ll say goodbye to our ex-Paladins squad.
Knowing the developers behind VALORANT and their ambitions for the game, we decided to enter the competitive scene very early on. A perfect way to do that was to bring our old Paladins stack back, giving us a great way to learn and understand how the game and ecosystem dynamics will pan out. I knew we’d have to be able to navigate swiftly and it’s clear that the general traction and popularity of the game have seen the competitive environment escalate a lot quicker than first anticipated.
From the beginning, Bird transitioned from an active player to a coaching position while we let DiGeDoG go due to geographical constraints following COVID-19. A few weeks later we parted ways with Alex, leaving only two players from the original roster in the active lineup. Unfortunately, we’ve been unable to recreate the old magic, and with that, I decided it’s better to take the lineup in a different direction with a new core of very skilled CS:GO players in rhyme and luckeRRR.
We strive to be the best team in the world at everything we do and the road to achieving that in Valorant is both new and incredibly exciting. It will require us to keep working towards the performance and roster philosophy we have across all our teams and at the end of the day, it’s our ability to attract, inspire and retain the best players that will be at the heart of our esports setup, giving them all the support needed in order to fulfill their potential.
Jonas Gundersen, COO of Ninjas in Pyjamas