North announced Monday the signing of Valdemar “valde” Bjørn Vangså to its Counter-Strike roster. Valde will replace Emil “Magisk” Reif, confirming a July 26 Slingshot report about North’s intentions.
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. Slingshot first reported of North’s interest in valde in May.
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 month. But North was unable to reach the semifinals and lost 2-0 to the home team, Virtus.pro.
North will debut the new lineup this weekend at DreamHack Malmo.
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