Two former Counterstrike Players have found a new home at Heretics VALORANT List, multiple sources told Dot Esports on Jan. 4.
Daniel Mertz, best known for his time on the Danish team North, becomes the Heretics VALORANT Squad next to Jesper “TENZKI” Plougmann. The possibility of the couple signing with the organization was first raised by. reported Cybersport.pl. Heretics hired UK in-game leader Tyler “Foxie” Lowton to lead the team, but he was removed just two weeks later, according to multiple sources.
European team Heretics have made several roster changes in the last few months following the team’s demise in the region. Heretics, once known as one of the most dominant teams in EMEA in 2020, couldn’t opt for the VALORANT Champions Tour Stage Three Challengers Two Main Event, which ran from July 20th to August 1st. Heretics were defeated in the upper semi-finals of the closed bracket by the British team TENSTAR.
Mertz participated in CS: GO for six years before announcing his departure on September 29th. He was best known for his time with the Danish teams North and Heroic and won several tournaments. In May 2018, Mertz won the DreamHack Open Tours 2018 event with North after beating the Hellraisers in the grand finale.
TNZKI also has a significant history in CS: GO, similar to Mertz. The 27-year-old played in several Danish squads but was known among others for his time at Dignitas in 2015 and 2016 CS: GO Players like Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen and Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye, the latter of whom moved to Astralis.
Heretics will be participating in the VCT EMEA Circuit, which will start later this month. Mertz and TENZKI will be on the Heretics list alongside Felix “al0rante” Brandl and Christian “lowel” Garcia Antoran. Heretics are likely to find a new leader in the game before the event begins, according to multiple sources.