NRG Esports NRG Esports North America Rank #1 have added Ardis "ardiis" Svarenieks as the fifth member of their roster for the 2023 franchised league. The announcement comes after NRG revealed the ex- OpTic Gaming OpTic Gaming Inactive core plus returning member Sam "s0m" Oh as the first four members of their new roster going into 2023.
Please welcome @ardiis to the NRG VALORANT roster.
ardiis joins NRG after a year at the top of EMEA competition with FunPlus Phoenix FunPlus Phoenix Inactive , with the crowning moment of the year being the team's championship run at Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen in July. Unfortunately, the team fell short en route to a title at Valorant Champions following two losses at the hands of DRX DRX Korea Rank #1 in the playoffs, closing out the team's VCT year with a top four finish.
While the majority of FPX would eventually stick together to become Natus Vincere Natus Vincere Europe Rank #1 , ardiis opted out of joining his former teammates under NAVI, with former Acend Acend Europe Rank #4 player Mehmet "cNed" Yağız İpek slotting into the new NAVI roster as their fifth.
While the former FPX player's move to North America is the first EMEA-to-NA roster move of the offseason, he's not the only player that has ventured outside their region for the 2023 franchised league. In early October, Jordan "AYRIN" He joined Global Esports Global Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #7 as their new team captain in what would eventually blossom into a multi-national roster filled with talent from the Pacific region. Later that month, Sentinels Sentinels North America Rank #12 also dipped into the international talent pool to acquire Gustavo "Sacy" Rossi and Bryan "pancada" Luna from LOUD LOUD Brazil Rank #1 in the team's roster rebuild for 2023.