The squad was originally put together at the beginning of the year as an amalgam of European free agents. They were quickly regarded by many as a powerful team, lauded as one of the best sponsorless teams in the region, and frequently played spoiler in qualifiers throughout their five-month tenure.
HONK were close to signing with organizations twice, one of them reportedly being Heroic. Not much more is known, but VLR.gg has learned that similar situations occurred with HSDIRR HSDIRR Inactive and animel animel Inactive during negotiations with the Danish organization.
In nearly all VCT runs the team pursued, they were frequently eliminated only by the top flight of Europe. During Stage 1, HONK were eliminated by Alliance Alliance Europe Rank #17 , Guild Esports Guild Esports Europe Rank #9 , and Ballista Ballista Inactive in the three Challengers qualifiers of the stage — the final team ousting HONK in the qualifying round. Stage 2 saw early exits at the hands of Fnatic Fnatic Europe Rank #2 and Ninjas in Pyjamas Ninjas in Pyjamas Europe Rank #10 , the former of which would go on to qualify for the Stage 2 Masters.
Between VCT qualifiers, the team attended two Nicecactus Trophies, the New Year Trophy and the March Trophy. While HONK reached the grand finals of both trophies, the mix took second place in both events.
Looking for offers, HONK was made up of:
- Jere "synsi" Virtanen
- Kirill "Cloud" Nehozhin
- Aurimas "Dreamas" Zablockis
- Tomas "Destrian" Linikas
- Nikita "trexx" Cherednichenko
Their technical staff was: