A May 26 Slingshot report revealed the organization was in talks with valde, who was contracted with Heroic and RFRSH Entertainment at the time. He was benched for almost two months before his contract expired July 18, making him a free agent. Flickshot reported Monday Magisk would be benched from North, and either Valde or Daniel “mertz” Mertz would replace him.
Valde is often regarded as one of the best prospects in all of CS:GO and especially Denmark. He has shown the ability to play well on LAN and has experience with North players (then Team Dignitas) when he stood in for Magisk at the ECS Season 2 Finals in December. Magisk’s performance has dipped since DreamHack Las Vegas in February, which is abnormal for a player who has always provided tremendous firepower. Some have attributed his drop in production to the loss of Ruben “RUBINO” Villarroel, who was a tremendous support player.
North’s highest placing this year was a runner-up finish to G2 Esports at the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals. After a group stage exit at ESL One Cologne, North reached Legend status for the second time in a row at the PGL Krakow Major last week. But North was unable to reach the semifinals and lost 2-0 to the home team, Virtus.pro. Fans should expect to see valde with North at DreamHack Malmö, which begins Aug. 30, and in their first match of ESL Pro League Season 6, which takes place Aug. 24 against G2 Esports.
North did not initially respond to request for comment.
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