The Latvian first cemented his name in the professional scene by taking home the Masters: Copenhagen trophy back in 2022 by blitzing through the lower bracket and besting Paper Rex Paper Rex Asia-Pacific Rank #1 in the finals alongside the current NAVI core.
After winning EMEA their first trophy of the year, the – back then – FunPlus Phoenix FunPlus Phoenix Inactive squad attended Champions as the team slated to take it all. However, the roster failed to live up to expectations. The team stumbled against XSET XSET Inactive in the group stage before suffering two losses to DRX DRX Korea Rank #1 to end their tournament run with a fourth-place finish.
With their season over and ahead of franchising, the core of FPX signed with NAVI, while ardiis took on new challenges in a different region with NRG Esports NRG Esports North America Rank #4 . Although ardiis' new team had a notable debut in 2023 at São Paulo's LOCK//IN, they were unable to remain among the top-contending teams throughout the year. A fourth-place finish at Masters: Tokyo was NRG's best placement of their 2023 VCT, as two losses against Bilibili Gaming Bilibili Gaming China Rank #6 in Group C at Champions denied the team a spot at playoffs.
With previous roster changes within NRG resulting in the departures of Sam "s0m" Oh and Pujan "FiNESSE" Mehta, ardiis' exit from the team leaves Austin "crashies" Roberts and Victor "Victor" Wong as the only remaining active players.
- Kyrylo "ANGE1" Karasov
- Andrey "Shao" Kiprsky
- Pontus "Zyppan" Eek
- Dmitry "SUYGETSU" Ilyushin
- Ardis "ardiis" Svarenieks
- Erik "d00mbr0s" Sandgren (Head coach)
- Oliwer "LATEKS" Fahlander (Assistant coach)
Preview image courtesy of Riot Games/Colin Young-Wolff.