The 21-year-old Swedish player Denis ‘grux’ Gutaj will be the one to fill in the vacant seat at North during the start of their 2021 season.
North has signed grux this Wednesday, after a long trial period assessing which player was best to fill in the fifth spot on the roster.
The spot has been vacant since November, following the departures of veterans Mathias ‘MSL’ Lauridsen and Philip ‘aizy’ Aistrup and the return of Kristoffer ‘Kristou’ Aamand to North’s active line-up.
North had fielded Swedish up-and-comer Rasmus ‘kreaz’ Johansson at their last tournament of the year, DreamHack Masters Winter. However, a 9th-12th finish wasn’t enough for him to lock his spot in the squad.
This roster move comes in line with North’s new strategy towards developing Nordic talent, which started on September with a partnership with AGF Esports, which has been acting as their make-shift academy.
Last seen representing SMASH, an organisation backed by the Belgian DJ duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike that dissolved their CS:GO roster in mid-2020, grux will now have an opportunity to return to the spotlight.
Under the guise of former FNATIC coach Jimmy ‘Jumpy’ Berndtsson and through the lead of ex-NiP player Jonas ‘Lekr0’ Olofsson, grux is hoping to “stay consistent and learn new things” in this new roster, citing that he is “motivated more than ever to play”.
I’ve studied him for some time. As he seemed very promising, we reached out and had him try to practice with us. Right away, it was evident that he has a lot of skill, but, at the same time, also is far from reaching his ceilingJimmy ‘Jumpy’ Berndtsson via North’s statement
North will debut this brand new line-up on February 12th, competing on the European Development Championship Season 2.