Saturday, July 2, 2022

Retired CS:GO player JUGi joins HEET as a VCT replacement

Former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Jakob “JUGi” Hansen has joined the European team HEET, which is his first competitive game in VALORANT. This replacement signing temporarily replaces fellow Danish player Albert “Albert” Mikkelsen’s position in the squad.

Get ready for a new esport

JUGi made his mark in CS:GO playing for notable teams like OpTic Gaming, North and Astralis. Reaching the semi-finals at the IEM Season XI World Championship for Heroic was his best result before joining those teams. After that, his skills in the AWP role led him to tournament wins like at the 2019 DreamHack Open Seville when he played for North. He also managed to place second in major tournaments including cs_summit 3, the DreamHack Open in Summer 2018 and the Europe Minor Championship in London 2018.

After leaving Astralis, however, it took JUGi thirteen months to join a new CS:GO team. After playing for new Team South and not getting very far in tournaments, he set out in search of new pastures. Now he not only plays for a new team, but also in a new esport.

The qualified future of HEET with JUGi

Before having to roster JUGi for their VALORANT Champions Tour Challengers runs, the team attempted to qualify for EU VCT at Challengers 1. However, after beating Joga Bonito 2-0 in the match, they lost to NOM Esports 2-1. After they were eliminated, that signing was made and JUGi joined the team for their next Challengers 2 qualification attempt. However, history repeated itself and they were eliminated again by NOM Esports.

However, the results don’t tell the whole story. In this game by HEET vs. NOM Esports, JUGi showed up in his VCT debut. He led the lobby with 55 kills, +21 plus/minus, and 180 ACS. In comparison, Albert finished his match against NOM Esports midfield of his team in all statistics. He didn’t win, but JUGi immediately showed what he can do in his debut for HEET.

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