November 24th 2020
North Esports announces the second step in the new roster strategy, that was initiated this summer.
Today North Esports announce that the players Philip “aizy” Aistrup and Mathias “MSL” Sommer Lauridsen are removed from the active CS:GO roster to clear the way for a new team strategy.
"I'd like to thank Mathias and Philip, they are two of North's longest servants across their time here and have helped shape and re-shape North through many years. These decisions do not come lightly but sometimes change is necessary. Both players have aspirations to be at the very top and neither signed on for the type of project that we are moving forward with. They are both deserving of a project that will see their talents be put to the best use, and North will not stand in the way of finding them new homes," says Graham Pitt, Head of Esports Operations.
The new economical sustainable CS:GO strategy "will focus on recruiting young, talented players from the massive Nordic talent pool," says Graham Pitt.
"It takes time to build a strategy like this - to rework the entire philosophy of the team and organization. Since I joined North a year ago, I have been looking at how we can re-build into a sustainable project, where much time has gone into developing our scouting capabilities and player development initiatives," says Graham Pitt.
Improved focus on talents & scouting tools
North already has a talent agreement with AGF Esports and signed 18-year-old Kristoffer “Kristou” Aamand in June 2020, after a successful loan period, who regularly is loaned back to the club. And the sporting department, led by Graham Pitt and Christian Engell, is developing a large-scale scouting tool with industry leading IT company, Capgemini.
"The sporting department has done a massive amount of work looking at how a more dynamic roster strategy would look, focussing on younger talents with a potential to grow. The team have been working with Capgemini on how we can interlace their capabilities with our long-term needs. This, of course ties well in with what we want to achieve as an organisation over the next three years, says interim CEO, Alexander Mørch Pedersen.
He adds that North will rework the salary structure to become more sustainable for the business as a whole.
"We offer so many great things apart from a decent salary. We have excellent facilities, and we're working individually on the highest possible level with diets, treatment and the mental aspect of the professional life, to name a few things, which I think is valuable to every aspiring esport athlete," says Christian Engell, Performance Manager at North.
Kristou recalled for Dreamhack Masters, kreaz to trial
North is recalling Kristou from his loan spell at AGF prior to Dreamhack Masters where he will have a short preparation with the rest of the team. He will be a full member of the roster moving forward, having proven his talent and continued his development the past 5 months under AGF Esports and their head coach Rasmus "FaagaN" Thomsen. The Dreamhack roster will furthermore feature Rasmus “kreaz” Johansson.
"Rasmus has been on our radar for quite some time as a potential diamond in the rough within the Swedish scene and we are very excited to see how he performs with us even with minimal preparation We are not looking to fill the 5th player role immediately, instead focusing on trialling a number of players who we feel fit our team dynamic and we can work with long term," says Graham Pitt.
New team roles – important role models
As part of the player development, North have seen great improvements from two of the players in the most recent season through adjustment of their in-game role and talks regarding mindset and goals, both of whom will take up important additional roles in the new strategy.
"Nicklas “gade” Gade will once again take on in-game leading duties with the team, with a refreshed outlook upon his own play and the leadership role, having learned a lot during 2020. During the COVID period, Nicklas will call with aid from head coach Jimmy “Jumpy” Berndtsson who is able to be much more active during online games," says Graham Pitt.
"René "cajunb" Borg, another veteran of the team, who also transitioned to a new in-game role for the recent season and saw great success, will take on a mentorship role within the team and help develop and integrate new talents into the team. René’s many years of experience is invaluable to us as we move forward with this initiative and we can already see the benefit his input has had on Kristou," says Graham Pitt.
Both aizy and MSL are placed on the transfer list with immediate effect and any teams interested should reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org